Train Conductor screen

iPhone developer The Voxel Agents has recently released Train Conductor [App Store], a pick-up chaos management game that should get the attention of Flight Control and Harbor Master fans.

Train Conductor, like the other aforementioned titles, involves safely getting a series of vehicles to their designated destination. In this game, the vehicles in question are trains and, as such, it's not a matter of drawing an arbitrary path to said destination, but routing the trains from track to proper track.

Train Conductor 2Each screen is filled with up to five, numbered, parallel train tracks. After a brief warning signal, numbered trains enter the screen along these track -- in both directions -- and the task at hand is to draw connecting tracks to get each train to its designated track. A tap on any train stops it on its track, and a fast-forward control allows for moving the game along when all on-screen trains are sorted. It sounds like a more simple take on the formula than that of the better known time management games in the App Store -- and in a way, it is -- but as the developer's video illustrates, things can get hectic pretty fast.

In all, there are eight progressively harder levels across four Australian locales. Certain levels feature a few twists, such as especially long and fast Gold Rush Trains, Demon Trains, and even Ghost Trains in the Graveyard Shift mode where spectral trains don't collide and action ramps up fast. Plus+ network integration tracks global awards and leaderboards.

See the developer's demonstration video to feel the action.

iPhone gamers on the go will find Train Conductor to be a game particularly well-suited to quick, pick-up play sessions. It's right into the action and in moments you're in the heat of the connecting track shuffle. In assessing the game for this writeup, I found it hard to put down and expect to spend some real just-for-fun time with Train Conductor over the next few months.

App Store Link: Train Conductor, $1.99 (limited time)

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  • iquill

    first.
    cool

  • iquill

    first.
    cool

  • jaytee

    cause for celebration! the first post in a week with any real content!

    • macduke

      This is because the App Store was closed to developers the past week. Now the flood gates will be let loose...although honestly, most devs should have had their apps in place for the Christmas giftcard season by now. I've already blown through nearly $100 in cards and have more left to burn. Heh.

    • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

      Lame comment!
      The last few articles belong to the best EVER seen in here.

  • jaytee

    cause for celebration! the first post in a week with any real content!

    • macduke

      This is because the App Store was closed to developers the past week. Now the flood gates will be let loose...although honestly, most devs should have had their apps in place for the Christmas giftcard season by now. I've already blown through nearly $100 in cards and have more left to burn. Heh.

    • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

      Lame comment!
      The last few articles belong to the best EVER seen in here.

  • Steverd

    Hey this actually looks like fun..
    Off to buy it now! Was it $1.99 or $3.99

  • Steverd

    Hey this actually looks like fun..
    Off to buy it now! Was it $1.99 or $3.99

  • omg

    its ok. buy only if ur obsessed with trains.

    • Mr Crazy

      I don't really like trains but this app is awesome.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

        I don't really like apps, but these trains look awesome.

      • deVaper

        I'm not really trained to look at awesome apps.

      • MrMuesli

        I don't really look awesome with my untrained abs!

        (Are we all playing Chinese whispers or is it just me??)

    • eugekava

      Disagree! You don't have to be obcessed with planes to like Flight Control
      Or with cow dung to like Fly Control
      Or with cargo containers to like Harbour Master (note correct spelling)
      Or with amoeba to like Aqua Globs
      Or with monolths to like Astroserf
      Or with zebras to like Lion Pride
      Or with 70s WW2 movies to like 33rd Division
      The list goes on, but you get the idea. This game is a truckload of fun.

  • omg

    its ok. buy only if ur obsessed with trains.

    • Mr Crazy

      I don't really like trains but this app is awesome.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

        I don't really like apps, but these trains look awesome.

      • deVaper

        I'm not really trained to look at awesome apps.

      • MrMuesli

        I don't really look awesome with my untrained abs!

        (Are we all playing Chinese whispers or is it just me??)

    • eugekava

      Disagree! You don't have to be obcessed with planes to like Flight Control
      Or with cow dung to like Fly Control
      Or with cargo containers to like Harbour Master (note correct spelling)
      Or with amoeba to like Aqua Globs
      Or with monolths to like Astroserf
      Or with zebras to like Lion Pride
      Or with 70s WW2 movies to like 33rd Division
      The list goes on, but you get the idea. This game is a truckload of fun.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Can't wait for the inevitable complaints about the game being "on rails". ;)

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Can't wait for the inevitable complaints about the game being "on rails". ;)

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Enjoying this so far.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Enjoying this so far.

  • master blaster

    I hope the developer will update this game with new levels!
    It would be great to drive traina in non-parallels tracks too!
    The game is not so simple as it could seem, but with cross-rails it would be more interesting and addictive!

  • master blaster

    I hope the developer will update this game with new levels!
    It would be great to drive traina in non-parallels tracks too!
    The game is not so simple as it could seem, but with cross-rails it would be more interesting and addictive!

  • JimB

    I've wasted so much time playing the game... It's very addictive! Buy at your own peril.

  • JimB

    I've wasted so much time playing the game... It's very addictive! Buy at your own peril.

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  • http://www.cqhkw.cn likeer

    great post – very interesting to read your views as a developer on this debate.Great post. I totally agree with the sentiment expressed here.