Do you like trains? And nice animations? And the dogs? And the puzzles? And video games? Of course, that’s why you’ll love Railway as much as me.
Released this week on PC, Mac, iOS and Android, Railway is a puzzle game that gives you a cute little train separated from its cute little carriages, and asks you to get everyone together as quickly and neatly as possible. As a disembodied railway engineer, you must lay a limited number of tracks in such a way that you not only bring the cars back to the train, but more importantly, bring them there in order.
Railbounds‘ the trailer explains what I’m talking about:
This game is gorgeous. The puzzles are enjoyable and challenging, and grow in complexity at the right speed, but it’s the presentation that sets them apart. Trains don’t just move, they wobble. You don’t just land tracks, they jump on landing. Everything is cute and fun and has a real sense of tangibility, like we’re playing with a board game or a big kid’s toy.
There are over 150 stages to complete, most presented as a linear campaign, but some exist as unlockable alternatives to these. And it’s the timing element of the puzzles that makes the difference here; Simply connecting the carts is often not a big deal, but connecting them in the correct order can be a nightmare, requiring all sorts of trial and error.
Luckily things never really get frustrating; it’s so easy to rewind or start a puzzle again, and it’s all so bright, happy and playful – aided by its laid-back soundtrack – that you can spend an age fooling around and still feeling nothing but joy.
While the game “released” this week, there’s also even more content to come later in 2022, with the developers promising “new worlds with an all-new mechanic,” (semaphores) as well as “accessibility fixes, including a colorblind mode.”