Upon its original release in 1994, Transport Tycoon was heralded as the new standard in management simulation games, remaining a high watermark in the genre almost two decades later. Now, years after making the “Tycoon” appellation a recognised shorthand for real time empire building games, the original classic is poised to return, painstakingly revised for touchscreen devices, and retaining every element of what made the original such a prestigious and enduring piece of entertainment.
Transport Tycoon for mobile platforms has been designed and directed by legendary game designer Chris Sawyer, the original creator of Transport Tycoon, Transport Tycoon Deluxe, and Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 & 2. Veteran developers Origin8 have recreated and restored Sawyer’s original simulation code, resulting in the deepest, richest simulation game yet seen on mobile.
Praise for the original Transport Tycoon (PC):
“ Buy it. Classic games like this don't come around often. ” 91% - PC Gamer
“A pioneer of the business simulation genre. ” - Giant Bomb
“ An addictive, strongly strategic game with great depth, beautiful production values, and fantastic gameplay. ” - Computer Gaming World
View the teaser trailer at the official Transport Tycoon website: http://www.TransportTycoon.com
Transport Tycoon © 1994, 2013 31X Ltd. Created by Chris Sawyer. Transport Tycoon ® Chris Sawyer. All rights reserved.
Developed by Origin8 Technologies Ltd. ( @Origin8)
Publishing services provided by AppyNation Ltd. ( @AppyNation)
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31X Ltd was formed by Chris Sawyer in 2010 to develop TRANSPORT TYCOON for the new generation of social and mobile platforms.
Chris also developed ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON, released through Hasbro Interactive early in 1999, followed by two add-on packs Added Attractions and Corkscrew Follies in late 1999 and Loopy Landscapes in September 2000. ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON 2 soon followed and was released through Infogrames Interactive in 2002. The ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON series remains the largest selling PC only game.
Chris Sawyer is 31X’s CEO, Creator and Executive Producer. He is joined by Jacqui Lyons, Executive Producer, John Hurlbut, also Executive Producer as well as Hetal Bhuva, Producer and Guy Herbert, Legal Consultant.
Chris Sawyer entered the games industry in 1983, writing games in Z80 machine code on the Memotech MTX home computer, and then the Amstrad CPC series home computer. From 1988 to 1993, Chris worked on PC conversions of Amiga games and was involved in many well-known projects, including Virus (1989), Campaign (1992), Birds of Prey (1992), Dino Dini's Goal (1993), and Frontier Elite 2 (1993).
Since 1993, Chris has been developing his own original games on the PC. In 2010, Chris had the opportunity of reverting the MicroProse license and decided that this would be the perfect time to re-design and master his classic game for mobiles and tablets so that it could be enjoyed both by its huge number of fans and a new generation of players. Chris wants TYCOON lovers across the world to enjoy the experience of playing the game on an iPhone, iPad, and Android.
About Origin8 Technologies
Origin8 is an innovative independent developer based in London, UK. Founded by two industry veterans and with a team whose credits cover a vast number of platforms from the ZX Spectrum onwards, they specialise in games and entertainment for iOS, Android, PC and Mac. Origin8’s products include the award-winning Sentinel tower defence series, one of Apple’s App Store Anniversary top 30 picks.
AppyNation is a developer-led collaborative consortium of independent studios from around the UK who have come together with the backing of NESTA to offer an alternative to the traditional publisher model. We operate across all digital platforms.
Born out of an idea shared by developers Finblade, Proper Games, Niffler, Onteca, Supersonic and Chromativity, the collaboration between publisher and digital, social and independent UK developers AppyNation represents has been very positively received by the industry and has the support of NESTA, industry associations TIGA and UKIE and the UK Government.