Todd Boss

Feb 16

How to Run Transport Tycoon Deluxe in Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Linux with OpenTTD!

Back in the nineties, I wasted many joyous hours playing Chris Sawyer’s classic simulation game Transport Tycoon.  That game was the seed that eventually resulted in the very successful Rollercoaster Tycoon franchise.  A year or two ago, I got the urge to play it again, but was disappointed to find that installing it on newer versions of Windows wasn’t particularly easy as the original was a DOS game.

After a bit of searching, I found that there is a great project called OpenTTD which is “an open source remake and expansion” [wikipedia] of Transport Tycoon Deluxe. OpenTTD has made many significant enhancements to the original gameplay, and it runs on Windows, Linux, and a few other operating systems.

Installing the game requires two steps:

  1. Download and run the installer or archive from OpenTTD’s site (or your Linux distro’s repository).  This page should give you the correct download for your OS.  If you’re an Ubuntu user, APT will give you a somewhat current version.
  2. Check out section 4 of the readme file (currently available here) to figure out which, if any, files you will need from the original TTD (Note: if you are using the Windows installer this may be unnecessary).  After installation, you will also want to use the in-game downloader to install some opponent AI.

Once you’ve gotten everything running, you may want to read some strategy tips at the excellent OpenTTD wiki.


Note: this is a follow-up to my previous post on the subject.  I noticed that I was getting a lot of hits to that article, so I thought I’d update everyone since I ended up going in a different direction afterwards.