Game #18: Trainyard Express (2010)

TrainyardExpressCMade by: Matt Rix
Finished on: 14 Nov

A fun little iPhone game that I played last month. It’s a puzzle game which involves trains, as the title suggests, and it has quite a steep learning curve, but it’s really fun once you get used to it. Trainyard Express is actually the free version. I also bought the larger “Trainyard”, which I completed most but not all of, as it turned out to be much harder later on. They’re basically the same game, but with an entirely different set of levels.

At the most simple level, you have to direct the coloured trains to the right destinations. But there’s only so much you can do with that, and thus quite early on, obstacles are put in your way, tracks start having junctions (which toggle one side or the other whenever a train passes over them), colour changing tunnels are introduced, and then the game starts to take a slightly surreal turn, as instead of crashing into each other, trains merge colours like a painting kit. Or two trains joining the same track at the same time will merge together to become one train. This doesn’t really make any sense, but it’s a diagrammatic iPhone game, so this doesn’t really matter so much.

The other most amusing thing about the game is that it’s got Canada stamped all over it. In the Express version each set of levels is named after a province of Canada, while the paid-for version has names of cities. But this was mainly just something that I chuckled at when I realised what was going on.

It also looks very slick and runs very smoothly, and the two games kept me well-amused for a week or two. Overall it’s worth checking out.

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One Response to Game #18: Trainyard Express (2010)

  1. Michael Norrish says:

    I definitely agree with your recommendation here. You might also like Space Chem, though the this one is a bit harder to get going with. There are iOS and PC/Mac versions.

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