I’ve been spending way too much time playing Train Station 2: Rail Strategy on my phone. It’s a lot of fun. I wanted to share a bit about it here. I’m not being compensated in any way for writing about it. I just like the game.
I recorded a walkthrough video for it if you’d like to view that.
This is a strategy game where you gather resources by train, combine them in factories to make manufactured goods, then deliver them by train again. It’s not a train simulator by any means – more like FarmVille on rails. But it has TRAINS.
You start out in Britain with a steam engine and George Stephenson giving you missions. As you finish the missions, you get rewards and more missions. There are other people / destinations that want materials shipped to them, and you get rewards for shipping to them as well.
You can get new locomotives by finishing certain missions. Initially there are only steam locomotives, but over time diesel and electric locomotives become available as well.
Locomotives are also classified by their rarity – common, rare, epic or legendary. Some examples:
- Class A-1 “Berkshire” or New York Central “Hudson” are COMMON
- DRG Class 44 or Erie K-5A are RARE
- Union Pacific’s gas turbine-electric “Veranda” or SŽD EMCH 3 are EPIC
- Baldwin’s 60000 steam loco is LEGENDARY
Improving the Trains
You get shipments of what looks like nuts and bolts daily, and you can also buy or find them. These can be assigned to improving your locomotives’ pulling capacity.
The game offers you missions, or as it calls them, “jobs”. Basically you have to deliver a certain amount of a certain good to them. There’s no time limit, but some jobs require a certain type of locomotive. You can see in the screen shot above that a couple of jobs have no “suitable trains” meaning that I didn’t have any free locomotives of the right type (epic).
You start with the smelting plant (which takes ore and coal and makes steel). As you increase in levels, more factories are available. For example, the sawmill produces lumber at the start and later can produce barrels, plywood and pallets.
Each factory has a few spaces where you can queue up things to be made, and the finished products can be stored there temporarily. The image above shows two “incoming” slots and three “outgoing” slots. I’ve expanded it once using gems.
Your Station and Town
The station is just “north” of the tracks in the screen shot above. Oddly all maps lead to the same station, whether you come from England, the US, Canada… it must be one big extradimensional station.
The town surrounds the station. When you begin, it’s quite small, but over time new buildings get unlocked and you can also expand the buildings from tiny shacks into condos and libraries and other buildings. Your population grows, and that’s really one of the goals of the game – expand your population.
The game has a few “currencies”, including coins, but the main accelerator is gems. You can use gems to hurry things along; you can make a train arrive at its destination instantly using gems, or complete production at a factory, or upgrade facilities… gems can do a lot.
Gems can be earned by finishing certain jobs; sometimes you get them when leveling up. You can also purchase gems using real money, which is what the game developers are encouraging you to do. Be frugal with gems and use them when you really need to.
The odd thing is that this game has no social aspect. You can’t collaborate with any friends playing the game. There’s no real connection to Facebook or Twitter or any other social network. There are forums on the Pixel Federation site but that’s about it. It’s a little surprising.
The game has a Facebook page where they share bonus codes and upcoming news. The bonus codes are entered into the game by pressing the “gear” icon in top right and then pressing the “Redeem Code” icon. The bonuses aren’t substantial but every little bit helps.
I recorded a walkthrough video.
To Sum Up
I think you can tell that I like this game. It’s something fun to play when you have a few minutes, and it’s just addicting enough to keep you coming back to it. Give it a shot if you like!
Download Train Station 2: Rail Strategy: Apple / iOS