This is another of those time killers that you couldn't do without, should you be waiting for the bus, in a cafe, or just plain bored at home. At £0.59 its also a bargain, and is well worth the money.
The game is simple, just get the trains to the correct lines on the other screen. Whilst this may sound easy, it is far from it as trains come from both side of the screen and it gets to a point where it gets extremely hard.
Its split into several stages, with each stage having its own twist, one level has automatic trains, and another the trains are ghost trains and won't collide. This all helps make the game seem fresh every time you play it, as other games tend to get boring as they are the same every time.
Unlike other games of this genre, the difficulty curve is not too steep, meaning that it doesn't get too hard, too quickly. In some levels it is actually a case that the game needs to have a harder difficulty as it is just too easy to get to the higher scores.
This game is also well designed, it boots up every time, and rarely crashes, and it also runs nearly perfectly on my rather slow Iphone 3G and shows no sign of lagging or being slow at all.
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Overall I would say this is a good little game to buy if you get bored and want something that you can just pick up and play. Its only £0.59 after all....
This review is for the iPhone game, Train Conductor. Until recently this was a free game you could get from the Apple store, but it now costs 59p. You can also upgrade to a different version of the game, set in the USA.
This game is set in Australia, and the aim is to stop trains crashing by swiping your finger over the screen to set the train on the right tracks. As the game progresses, this becomes harder, with more trains coming, with more potential for crashing. If you crash, that's the level over.
There are ten levels in this game, five set in the day-time and five set at night. You play these two different modes separately, unlocking the next level by completing the levels one by one. The difference between the day-time and night-time is that in the former, you can't let the trains crash into each other, but in the latter version, you can, but they come much faster. Personally I preferred the day-time levels, but they are a nice contrast.
To make the game faster, you can speed up the trains to get more points, but playing some of the levels at high speed takes a great deal of skill and fast reactions! Your high scores are recorded, so that you can continue to beat your own high scores. You can also compare your high scores with that of friends, as they have on-line leaderboards built into the game.
I decided to purchase Train Conductor 2 (TC2), which is set in the USA. This costs just 59p , and although I noticed from some people's reviews on the Apple site that people preferred the first, I thought TC2 was worth the money and added some different features and styles of gameplay. Although I got Train Conductor for free, I would have paid for it, as it provided lots of gameplay.
I wasn't sure if this would appeal to children, but I've seen a couple of children play it, and they were really engaged by it, so I'd say anyone from about 6 or 7 years upwards would potentially find this game fun to play. It's an easy game to pick up and play, there is a tutorial, but it's not hard to work out the game without it.
In terms of the total play length, it doesn't take a great deal of time to finish the game and unlock the levels, probably just a few hours for most people. But there is an addictive element of trying to beat your own score, and it's a game which can easily be replayed to pass the time, and is a game which I've come back to a few times.
The music is the game is quite fast and fun to listen to, but if you get bored of it, you can listen to your own music. Just start that music before entering the game, and you should continue your listening without the game's audio starting. Alternatively you can turn off the game's audio and sounds settings entirely if you prefer.
If I could fault this game, and also TC2, it's that I haven't seen any additional updates or content for the games. I know they're low price games, but I've seen lots of other iPhone apps update their content or the number of levels, and this would add to the appeal and longevity of the games, so hopefully the games producers (The Voxel Agents) will issue some updates. More information about the game is available from the production company's web-site at http://www.thevoxelagents.com/.
I personally have an iPhone, but the production company says that this game is suitable for the iPhone and iPod Touch, although TC2 seems to work on an iPad, so maybe this will be corrected soon.
Overall, I'd definitely suggest anyone with an iPhone and a liking of strategy games considers getting this game, lots of fun and quick and easy to play games which pass the time. I hope that there's either an update or a new version of the game out soon!
Playing games on the iPhone I love to do and recently I purchased a game called Train Conductor. The idea behind the game is to try and direct trains to the correct destinations without hitting other trains.
I admit at first the concept sounds rather easy and boring but it actually is quite fun. You are given an easy level to get you going which has plenty of help functions designed to make you more aware of the various controls as your disposal.
The trains all have numbers above them and whatever number they have you need to direct them to that numbered train track. The trains can be long or small but you just slide your finger onto them and direct them to correct track.
You do have multiple trains popping up as the game continues and you basically continue moving trains back and forward until you are either finished with the level or you have crashed the trains. The time limit is hard to judge because at the bottom of the screen a small metre moves slowly from left to right.
I estimate you have around 2 minutes a level and sometimes more. You have night time levels as well and when you have accumulated enough experience points you end up unlocking new levels with even more tracks and items to dodge.
I liked the game because it was something quick and it meant you had to try and use your patience but skills to make sure you completed the level you were on. At times the graphics are pretty poor as the game does seem a small file. It took just 30 seconds to download so the overall size is small.
I did not pay for this game as it was free but the game could do with more levels. Overall there are five and you would hope updates would become available offering more types of levels but sadly this is not the case. After a few months with this game I have yet to have an update of any kind.
The game play is the best part about the game. It is very quick and never seems to slow down at all and the beauty is that if you receive a call whilst playing the game when you end the call the game continues where you left off from.
I think the idea behind the game is clever and how they have set up points and timers excellent and I would have liked more things added. Perhaps the ability to design your own train or even your own sort of level would have been a nice sort of idea. Also having targets to reach on each level would also be more fun as well.
Overall a game which is free to download, takes a few seconds and can be fun is worth a try at least.