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Manual Tutorials

Basic tutorial:

Setting up a bus service
Setting up a train service
Setting up a plane service

Advanced railway tutorial:

Two Platforms
Two Tracks
Basic Network

In game tutorial:

In-game tutorial
In-depth Instructions

Railway construction:
Building tracks
Building stations
Building depots
Placing signals
Buying & selling trains
Converting railways
Road construction:
Building roads
Building stations and loading bays
Building depots
Buying & selling road vehicles
Waterways construction:
Building docks
Building depots
Placing buoys
Buying & selling ships
Building locks and canals
Airport construction:
Building airports
Buying & selling aircraft
General construction:
Building bridges
Working with vehicles:
Setting vehicle orders
Refitting vehicles
Replacing vehicles
Grouping vehicles

Welcome to the OpenTTD general gameplay tutorial. Here you will be shown how to start a game and set up bus and train routes. This will probably take around 30 minutes. If you get stuck, position your mouse on top of a button and after a two second wait a tooltip with a description of what the button does will appear. The menu to the right shows more detailed tutorials on particular aspects of the game that you may like to investigate if there is something specific you want to learn about.

Starting the game

Main menu

OpenTTD's main menu

Upon starting OpenTTD, you will be presented with the main menu.

World Generation dialog

The World Generation dialog. The four images at the top allow you to change the climate. We'll leave all options the way they are for this tutorial.

Inside the game

after the start

Right after the start of a new game.

The screen you now see is what you'll be playing all of OpenTTD in. In the middle you can see the green landscape, perhaps with an industry, town or forest here and there. This is the world you'll be taming using the tools of your trade: roads, railways, docks and airports.

At the top of the screen you'll notice a menu bar. Hover your mouse on a button for two seconds - a tooltip will appear to tell you about what the button does. Some of the buttons have menus under them. You can access the menu options by holding down the left mouse button, moving down the menu and releasing on the option you want.

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