Russian Railroads review

Russian Railroads Board Game Review


Name: Russian Railroads

BGG Weight: 3.41 / 5

Year Published: 2013

Publisher: Hans im Glück

Designer: Helmut Ohley and Leonhard Orgler

Number of Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 90-120 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Economic, Trains

Board Game Mechanics: Worker Placement, Tech Trees / Tech Tracks, Turn Order: Claim Action



Strategy: 9.0

Complexity: 7.5

Player Interaction: 6.5

Replayability: 8.5

Game Rating: 8.0

Cost: 6.0



Weight Rating: = 16.5

Playability Rating: = 15.5

Play Rating Score: = 64

Value Rating: = 10.67

Final Score Rating: = 74.67



Russian Railroads is a strategic worker placement and resource management game set in Russia during the Industrial Revolution. Players compete to build the most powerful railroad empire by constructing rail lines, upgrading locomotives, and increasing their workforce. The game offers a good balance between depth and accessibility, making it easy to learn and play but challenging enough to keep players engaged throughout.

One of the strengths of the game is the large number of available actions, which offers players many options for customization and strategic planning. However, this also makes the game somewhat complex and may require a few plays to fully understand all the rules and interactions.

Another strength is the replayability, as the different paths to victory and the variable game board setup offer a lot of potential for different strategies and outcomes. The player interaction is not as high as in some other games, but there is still some competition for the best actions and the best positions on the scoring track.

Overall, Russian Railroads is a well-designed and challenging game that offers a lot of depth and replayability for players who enjoy strategic economic games.  The game does not offer solo or cooperative play options.


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