Paper Train HD [rating: 4/5]
Paper Train HD is a very simple game where you are tasked with controlling railway traffic without allowing any accidents. Those of you that are familiar with Flight Control ($.99, View in iTunes), this game is very similar in concept. Things like switching tracks, starting and stopping trains at certain points and keeping cows from getting hit by trains earn you points that can be submitted to an online High Scores list. Controlling chaos and preventing disaster is the name of this game.
As a fan of Flight Control this game seemed pretty interesting. Paper Train HD ($2.99, View in iTunes) starts out fairly simple with train tracks crossing at a certain point and trains coming from two separate origins. You have two stop/start point near the cross section in the track to use at your disposal to prevent accidents, but this does come at a 10 point deduction each time you use it.
It seems simple enough but as the game progresses you add in things such as track switches where you can switch a track that a particular train is following and it becomes somewhat tricky. As if all of that was not enough, you also are tasked with keeping cows off the tracks. You get an additional 100 points for each cow you save from certain doom on the tracks. It seems to me that the addition of the points possible from saving cows is the main way to differentiate your scores from other people as the start/stops cost you only 10 points. These two scoring methods working together do provide a much needed diversity in scoring possibilities. With the maps getting progressively more and more difficult and the acknowledgement that cows can really up your score the game can get much more intense and much more difficult quickly. Overall it is a very simple game but to get the high score you have to be on top of your game.
The visual concept as you might have guessed is a paper layout that is similar in appearance to sketch paper, hence the name Paper Train. This provides a simple canvas for a game that is focused on the tasks at hand and not so much the environment. I would have enjoyed a little more color but I understand where they are coming from because the environment is largely ignored due to the fact you are protecting your cows and trains. I felt like there were enough subtle changes in the environment to suffice, whether it was tunnels, bushes or buildings.
The audio of this game is a bit of a let-down to me. The sounds of the trains were fine and fairly solid but the one constant tune playing got a bit old to me. At first I thought the song would change but it never seemed to in the time I spent playing the game. It sounded like one of the songs from Napoleon Dynamite so that was a bit amusing but outside of that I found myself shutting off the sound on my phone so I could just enjoy the gameplay.
I think the aesthetics of this game are very good but I would have been much happier with a change in tune from time to time. I actually found the game to be addictive and it has a solid gameplay, with a few updates to the tunes played I believe it would be even better.
- Controls are solid
- Cows/Trains change up the scoring method
- Good Instruction and Walkthrough
- Music had a single tune
- A touch more color would have been nice
$2.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Feb 24, 2011
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 19.4 MB
Seller: Istom Games Kft.
© 2011 Istom Games Kft.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later