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Stop the trains from crashing in Train Conductor for iPhone
Train Conductor (iPhone Application)
Member Name: julwhite
Train Conductor (iPhone Application)
Advantages: Fast paced and smooth game
Disadvantages: Could do with more updates
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!
Summary: Cheap strategy game, well worth the money
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