October 22, 2010 by Ryan Ray
Trainyard Express the game of the hour! This game is not only addicting, and very fun to play, it has a great backstory and is really cool the success it’s brought for one developer. Hopefully they continue into the future!
Anyway if you haven’t been surfing the net or the app store in awhile you’ve been missing out on the rise of this app called Trainyard. The whole premise of trainyard is a simple puzzle/logic game. The execution of it though is mind numbingly addictive, I can’t put down my iPhone to save my life. There is a free version that is also an express version. It doesn’t have as many maps and puzzles. The paid version is fully featured and only costs $.99 at the moment. I’d definitely say that once you try the express version you’ll quickly go buy the full version. I’m reviewing it from when I played the free version, but since then Trainyard express convinced me to get the full version 😉
First, the game has a cool story behind it. It’s made by one guy who developed it over the last year in his spare time. He has a full time job, and a wife and a newborn all to take care of and still managed to pump out this game. Even more reason to support him by getting the full version. He really believed in the game and had an interesting goal behind it all. Read more about the game’s story here…
So what does the game look like. It has an interesting dark interface and it works well. Here are some levels. The are ordered by province and inside each province are the puzzles. To unlock more levels you have to reach a certain amount of stars. As you can see under the Sunburst level if I complete it I collect 5 more stars.
Here is the unsolved puzzle, I somehow must get all of those yellow trains to combine into one and go into one of the stations entrances. You do this by simply drawing track with your finger. Curved, straight, overlapping, it all works. If you download and start playing you’ll start getting tips on how to work the tracks. It’s actually quite complex but at the same time simple in the way it operates.
One last thing is if you completely botch a track design you can hit the undo button, or erase pieces individually. My favorite though is to clear it all with a shake. Once I’ve completely screwed up a puzzle I like to just start with a clean slate, haha. You can hit erase then shake and it’ll ask you if you want to clear the tracks. Just incase you get so flustered trying to figure it out!
Like I said, this game is a ton of fun. You really need to experience it. Try it out and get back to me with what you think about it!
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