December 13, 2011 | Comments Off

Google has been offering $0.10 apps in the Android Market for the past 8 days (2 more days to go) . Today’s offer has the Train Conductor 2 on sale for $0.10

December 6, 2011 | Comments Off

My favorite train game, Train Conductor 2 by Voxel Agents for the iPod Touch has finally arrived in the Android world.

In this game, you play as the dispatcher and get to route the trains to their numbered tracks avoiding head-on collisions with other trains. The game does gets progressively harder as you advance, with an increased number of trains varying in length, speed and frequency.

The Android version is slightly bigger that the iOS version, featuring nine cities in the USA. You get to route trains through New York’s complex subway network, connect trains over the Grand Canyon and clear snow monsters from the treacherous Rocky Mountains

The gameplay is fun. The graphics and animations are cute. This will appeal to both train-addicts like us and the casual gamer. Train Conductor 2: USA is available now on the Android Market for $1.99. They also have a free lite version for you to try.

Until now, all good train games stayed over in the iOS world. The Android Market did not have any decent game (good gameplay and graphics) Hopefully, with Voxel Agent’s Train Conductor 2, the train games start to come over to Android.

Check out the video/gameplay below:

May 20, 2011 | Comments Off

Steam is offering a 60% off on the Union Pacific Add-On for Railworks for $7.99
This addon has the Class 4000 Big Boy Locomotive in Union Pacific livery, 40-foot flatcar and a 40-foot flatcar with Sherman tank load. It also comes with 2 free-roam scenarios.

December 22, 2010 | Comments Off

Today’s deal on Steam has Railworks 2 for only $6! This is the lowest price i have seen for Railworks 2 on Steam. This price is valid for another 22 hours.

If you want to step into virtual trains, $6 is a great way to try.

December 20, 2010 | Comments Off

Steam will be offering many games on sale from today until January 2nd, 2011. Most all railroad games are on sale:

# Railroad Tycoon 3 for $2.49

# Sid Meier’s Railroads! for $2.49

# Railroad Tycoon II Platinum (older game but still a lot of fun) for $1.24

# Railworks 2 for $19.99 (50% off). If you already own, Railworks2, you may be interested in the numerous add-ons which are also at 50%.

# Trainz 2010 for $26.79 (33% off)

Do keep checking Steam for daily sales until Jan 2nd. Maybe, some railroads items will be heavily discounted!

December 2, 2010 | Comments Off

It is done! Trainz is now arriving to an iPad at the App Store on December 4th. You will be able to build a layout and drive trains on the iPad while sitting on a couch.

To the fat guy in the red suit, could you send an iPad my way?

Trailer:

Developing a route without a mouse might seems tough but as the following video shows, using your finger and other controls it looks just the same.

Route Creation in Ipad:

November 30, 2010 | Comments Off

Trainz 2010 is going Multi-Player! From their latest newsletter

Starting with a Public Beta in January 2011, Multiplayer will let you interact with your friends and other Trainz players from all over the world.

They have also posted more screenshots from their “Engineer’s Edition”. I have all previous version of Trainz and had decided to wait for something more significant before to invest in more newer versions of Trainz. The “multi-player” aspect, which i believe is the first in a train simulator, has piqued my interest and i might be willing to upgrade this time.

November 13, 2010 | Comments Off

BBC does a feature on Railworks 2. It includes interviews with Paul Jackson and Marketing manager Simon Sauntson and has some in-game clips.

October 19, 2010 | Comments Off

Railworks has been upgraded. The new upgrade (Railworks 2) is free for existing owners of previous versions. Steam will automatically download and install the update.

If you have not owned Railworks, Steam is offering a 50% off sale. For a limited time only, RailWorks 2 Train Simulator is available for just $19.99.

I did give it a run last night and i like the new changes that come with this version.
When you launch Railworks 2, you are presented with a new option screen where you can choose which route or which locomotive (arranged by Steam, Diesel and Electric) to drive. This helps you to quickly navigate and find the loco you want to drive.

Another big plus is the new RS Cab Control interface which allows simple, intuitive control via the mouse and provides driving information and alerts. This interface could be hidden so you could use the locomotive controls to drive but i found that the scrolling display in the new interface, giving advanced warning of speed limits and signals, a big help. The older version had these feedback tools in tabs and you were constantly clicking them to check the gradients and speed limits. Putting all this in one area saves us a lot of clicking and allows us to concentrate on driving. Again, this feature will appeal to newer users but expert drivers could hide this away.

For more info on these new controls check out the Quick Start Guide (PDF link)

James Woodcock interviewed the team behind Railworks who showed the newer screens and features.

July 28, 2010 | Comments Off

Railworks (via Steam) is offering 50% off on its popular expansion packages.

1. The Isle of Wight at $14.99 (org $29.99)
2. The Rascal and Cottonwood at $11.99 (org $23.99)
3. The Colton and Northern at $11.99 (org $23.99)

You must have Railworks installed in order to use these packages.

Railworks on Steam always offer items on sale from time to time. Never get them for full price. Keep monitoring their site and eventually you will find a locomotive or a route pack at greatly reduced price.

Its a joy driving any train in Railworks with it’s good graphics and sound (direct and ambient). Creating a route in it is a pain with a very sharp learning curve. I love driving trains so keep looking for bargains on Steam. Splurging on its entire collection will cost you a pretty sum as Lexdysic on Reddit found out.

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