Age of Steam*

Age of Steam transports players back to the pioneering days of U.S. railroad expansion, offering a strategic gaming experience centered around building and operating a railroad empire.

Gameplay Overview

  • Railroad Development: Players focus on constructing track networks and acquiring powerful locomotives.
  • Strategic Challenges: Key decisions include financing, route selection for profitability, beating competitors to shipments, and managing finances.
  • Cut-throat Competition: The game rewards careful planning and strategy, with intense competition among players.

Special Features

  • Dynamic Gameplay: Each phase of the game requires vital decision-making and player interaction.
  • Evolving Game Board: Towns can develop into cities, ensuring that each game session is unique.
  • Economic Management: Balancing aggressive creditors and income from railroad operations is crucial.


Age of Steam offers an engaging and challenging experience for players who enjoy strategic planning, economic management, and competitive gameplay, all set against the backdrop of America's historic railroad era. Its dynamic game mechanics and evolving board ensure high replayability and continuous engagement.

Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

  • 1 - 6 Players
  • 120 Minutes
  • 13+ years old
  • Hard to learn

We like Age of Steam so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

Games similar to Age of Steam

You like Age of Steam and are on the lookout for a similar game? Then we recommend the following board games:
All details for the board game Tramways and similar gamesAll details for the board game Wildcatters and similar gamesAll details for the board game Imperial Steam and similar gamesAll details for the board game Tabannusi: Builders of Ur and similar gamesAll details for the board game CO₂ and similar games