Price: $2.99 (for a limited time)
Rails: Written iPad Game Review
In my opinion, the most underrated form of transportation is the train. As someone who doesn’t live in a populated city, I’m not used to taking subways on a routine basis. If you’re like me and you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a railyard controller, this is the perfect game for you.
Rails, developed by Belight Software Ltd., is a challenging railroad simulator game designed to keep you on your toes. This is the official remake of Shortline Railroad, the hit game from the 90s.
Concept and Gameplay:
I’ve never played a railroad simulation game before, so trying Rails meant going into uncharted territory. The game is more than just putting down tracks and watching trains go back and forth, though. One of the primary objectives is to make sure trains get to their destination safely without crashing into other trains and ending the game.
If the description above makes you think that Rails is a casual game to play, I can tell you it’s quite the opposite. You see, each train is a different color and can only enter the matching train station. But wait, there’s more! There are fast trains, slow trains, vigilante trains, and trains with ticking time bombs on board. As you complete each level, you’ll earn money and even achievements.
Though the tutorial at the beginning of the game was helpful, I found myself getting stuck pretty easily even on the first level. It’s easy to lay down tracks thanks to the useful visual guide, but things can get confusing when you add in switches and light signals. Therefore, I suppose Rails can be considered a hybrid simulator/strategy game.
One of the best features Rails offers is seemingly endless gameplay. There are 60 unique levels split up into three seasons, and a total of 30 achievements to earn. Seeing as this is a strategic puzzle game that requires a hefty amount of patience, this definitely isn’t a game you’ll blast through in one sitting.
As I mentioned earlier, there are various types of trains you’ll have to guide around the railyard. 12 to be exact. This means a lot of quick decision-making on your part, which definitely adds pressure to the game.
Lastly, Rails features Game Center integration so you can compete with others to see who the best railroad controller is. As if the game wasn’t difficult enough already, right?
Rails can be downloaded from the App Store for only $2.99, but this is a 50% off launch special. I’m not sure when this deal ends, so hurry up and take advantage of the reduced price. After all, it’s definitely worth it!
Rails is compatible with iPad and requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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