I was planning to write an in-depth review of Train Town, but unfortunately the game isn’t exactly what I thought it would be and therefore it is shorter than what I originally imagined. Let me elaborate:
Train Town is a game meant for the younger gamers among us. I guess I could say ‘creative’, young gamers, but in my opinion you’re usually already more creative when you are really young than later in life when you’re a bit older. Anyway, let’s get back on track here (*giggles*).
This piece of software has no single-player mode. There is no campaign. It’s up to the player to create all sorts of levels using their own imagination. It’s quite simple, actually. You place the tracks, obstacles and finally a train - you can even change the weather - and then you just watch your train ride around. Or blow up, if you decide to place some gas tanks on the tracks..
There are plenty of objects to place around and you could build a pretty good and detailed level if you just put enough time in it. The levels themselves, however, are pretty small, so no, you can’t build entire worlds, but a small city wouldn’t be out of the question I think.
And, if you’re not in the mood to create your own level, you can always download one or more from the tens of already available levels. They’re instantly playable and if you don’t like something you see you can edit it to your liking.
The game originates from the Android operating system and, except for one major flaw, seems to be faithfully ported to the Windows OS. The camera tutorial text still hasn’t been updated to PC controls and as a result the game tells you how to pinch and zoom in on the screen using your fingers. A big no-no in my book.
I have to admit that the game does look cheerful. It uses lots of colors, and it looks pretty good from a distance. Just don’t zoom in too much, because the textures are a bit blurry. The objects also don’t use a lot of details and you can definitely tell that it focuses on a younger target audience. But they usually don’t care about this sort of stuff anyway.
The game has happy music, and it’s the kind of music that reminded of some TV shows when I was young. No, this music won’t bring you down. I enjoyed it.
You could play Train Town for a couple of minutes or even for an entire day without getting bored by it. But I really think you have to be part of a younger audience to fully appreciate it. Serious gamers will not care for this. And to be honest, they shouldn’t. The lack of a campaign is sorely missed and it’s the one thing that could’ve made this game a little more interesting for the rest of us gamers.
Still, kids should have a good time with this.