Rail Nation is train and economy simulator created by Travian Games. The player builds tracks and lets his trains running between the industries to collect his wealth over the time.
The game is divided into seven different phases. Those phases are the six eras and the end game. Every 14 days, a new era begins and with it, new things are unlocked in the game. This can be trains, research subjects, technologies and so on. After six eras, the games goes into the end game phase. At that point, players compete to see who has the best railway company. Afterwards, the game will be reset and it begins again with the first era. A game round takes around 3-4 months to complete.
The player has to consider at all times what resources might be the best to transport. The more a resource is wanted the more he gets paid for it. But some resources need special trains to transport them. With every era, new trains come into play to help the player to be more efficient. But apart from the eras, players can also unlock new trains trough the ingame shop and for real money. After choosing an industry and the train, the player has to set up schedules to keep his trains busy. From time to time, he also has to repair them making it impossible to let it run for forever and later to return back with a massive load of money. Overall, there are 48 different resources and kind of waggons and 36 different engines in the game.
Research is another important part of the game as it makes the trains more efficient and helps in all parts of the game. The player collects research points over the time, but can only store a few points at a time.