Trainyard: A Puzzle Solving Game

Screenshot_2013-10-05-20-02-12Our expert game reviewer, Matt has settled himself in the UK and found some time again to pen some reviews for the site. He always finds interesting and challenging games for us to try and this one is no exception. Welcome back Matt! Here’s his review, enjoy:

I’ve always thought that the touch screen interface of Android phones lends itself much more to brain-bending puzzle games than to action-adventure titles. While there are the exceptions that make the rule, of course, one little-known game that sticks true to this principle is Trainyard.

Developed by one man, Matt Rix, Trainyard requires you to draw tracks for different coloured trains and guide them to their respective goals on a grid map. It starts off very easy, as all you’re doing is preventing trains from colliding, but as you make your way through the game the difficulty ramps up, introducing colour-mixing, train-merging, and requiring perfectly planned tracks to make your way to the next level.

While the idea of a difficulty curve might turn off some of you, I can guarantee that the game never gets offensively difficult without warning. Before any new feature is introduced to the puzzles, Trainyard makes a point of ensuring that the player is very familiar with the concept with some very slick tutorials.

Indeed, the entire game is coated in a thick layer of polish when compared to most other releases on the Google Play store. Every screen you encounter is simply gorgeous in every respect and the touch screen responds incredibly smoothly. It’s truly one of the most polished games I’ve ever played in my years of gaming on my Android devices.

To be fair, though, while the difficulty curve is smooth and never intrusive, Trainyard does get very difficult–in the first few “cities” (the game’s word for stages) you’ll breeze through with very little trouble, however towards the end you can expect to be spending upwards of half an hour on each level as you attempt to direct the little coloured trains to their homes.

Despite the difficulty, Trainyard is still a fantastic title (if a little bit expensive) and is well worth looking into. If you’re a fan of mind-bending puzzle games like myself, you’ll get a whole lot of fun out of this little-known gem.

If you do end up trying it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Matt

Andy’s note: You can try out the free version from the publisher, Trainyard Express first and if it appeals to you, $2.99 won’t break the bank to get the full version.

Price: $2.99
Size: 8.4 Mb
Needs: Android 2.2+


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