By Matt Rix
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"The best puzzle game on the App Store."
What's the difference between Trainyard and Express? In the full game there are more than 100 more puzzles, and you can even MAKE YOUR OWN PUZZLES.
The full game also has splitter pieces, which are AWESOME.
Trainyard Express Features:
+ Innovative and challenging puzzle mechanic
+ Smooth difficulty curve
+ Over 60 fantastic puzzles
+ NO ADS
+ Hundreds of ways to solve each puzzle
+ Easily share your unique solutions on Trainyard.ca
+ Looks GREAT on the iPad
+ Game Center
+ Engineered for low battery usage
+ Colour-blind mode
+ A year in the making
+ Developed in my spare time(support indie games!)
Stuck on a puzzle? There are over 1.2 MILLION player submitted solutions at http://trainyard.ca/solutions
Trainyard Express is a puzzle solving game unlike any that you've ever played. It's easy to learn but very tough to master. Your job is simple: get each train to a goal station. Red trains go to red stations, blue trains go to blue stations, etc. You control the trains by drawing track for them to follow. There isn't a time limit or even a score; the only thing you need to do is figure out a solution for each puzzle.
The first few puzzles are almost too easy, but as the difficulty increases you'll be thankful that you were able to practice the fundamentals of drawing track. As the game progresses, you'll have to use basic colour theory to combine trains of different colours, use timing to merge, and use every inch of your brain in your quest to beat the game.
Find out more at http://www.trainyard.ca
Developed by Matt Rix (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proudly made in Canada.
Known issues (minor):
- If some provinces can't be unlocked even after you've solved all the available puzzles, that's a bug: Go to options, switch to player 2 then back to player 1 to fix it.
- Sometimes, the sounds stop working. Close the app using the multitasking bar to get sounds back.
Trainyard Express makes use of these excellent libraries:
+ Cocos2D-iPhone by Ricardo Quesada
+ XAuthTwitterEngine by Aral Balkan
+ Twitter+OAuth code by Ben Gottlieb
+ MGTwitterEngine by Matt Gemmell
+ ASIHTTPRequest by All-Seeing Interactive
+ SFHFKeychainUtils by Buzz Andersen
+ TouchXML by Jonathan Wight
+ FMDB by Flying Meat Inc.
What's New in Version 1.66
+ Game Center
+ Universal (works on iPad)
+ New puzzles
+ Hundreds of other bug fixes and improvements
A must have!
I don't usually write a review, but, since I lost my iPod a year a go, and bought a new one few weeks ago; when I installed my lost iTouch's backup I realize that I used to play this game a lot, but got stuck in one puzzle. I wasted hours triying to unsolved it until yesterday... A couple of friends and I traveled to Mexicali, and before we started to leave the city to come back, the car started to heat up, we couldn't find a solution, and we where running out of hope to find a place opened where we could fix this trouble. A friend went to look for a garage; he came back half an hour with good news: he found a place that was closing and the owner offered to make us the favor. To kill the time I started to play Trainyard EX, even tho I new I wasn't going to find the solution for this puzzle that was buzzing me for days... Gess what. I solved the puzzle the first try! I couldn't believe it. I told my frien that everything was going to be OK, that I got a feeling. Ant that feeling was right! It may be a coincidence, but I feel like not.
The car was fixed and we returned to Tj in time. It was a good trip, tho.
What a clever game. Each puzzle solved brings a big smile to my face. And I especially thank the developer for having a web site where one can find a solution, if needed. I have only had to look once, but I found I had made a wrong assumption of the train priorities. Without being able to find the solution, I would have given up on the game as impossible - and erased it. But now I'm enjoying it even more and telling all my friends about it. I've got both the free app and the 99 cent one as they have unique puzzles. Even more fun! And the developer's website reveals a bit of the personal story of the young man who created this app. He's both a proud new father and a proud Canadian and I salute him and wish him continuing success.
This is the best game I've played in a long time. It's well written, no errors I've encountered so far, very well-thought-out, and endlessly entertaining. The object is to get trains from their start to their destination building and endless amount of track and switches to accomplish the goal. No scoring, just get it done! Also, you're not trapped on one level - you can go back and forth between puzzles, and create multiple scenarios and save them to try to solve. It's easy to erase and start all over, or just erase parts of a line. Frustrated? Go back through the tutorial, which is done at the same time you're playing, in other words, the tutorial in integrated into the game. This rocks.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Sep 01, 2011
- Version: 1.66
- Size: 8.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Matt Rix
- © 2011 by Matt Rix (Magicule Inc.)
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.