A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism
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Developed by Artdink and published in partnership with Delgica, A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism is a building simulation game, that mixes strategy elements to it. Available only on Windows and Nintendo Switch, the game received mixed reviews from gamers and critics. Released on December 7th, 2021, A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism tasks players with becoming the president of a railroad company.
Oh, The Places You’ll See
Railroads have long been one of the foundations of civilization, and an indicator of development. The ability to connect towns, resources, and people ultimately led to the evolution of societies and urban centers around roads. In A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism, your job as the leader of the railroad company is to help the cities develop. Here you have complete freedom, to build and create stations and train lines however you see fit.
As with any well-run business, there’s a strategic and financial element to it. As towns get bigger and more developed, you are responsible for establishing subsidiaries and marketing your efforts and services to further your influence and power. Designing each town, and granting it a unique visual and feeling is a great part of the fun here, after all an attractive place is perfect for tourists.
Each city has its own tourist spots, they are very distinct and range from historical monuments to natural beauties. Exploring the strengths of every place you venture, and using your resources and skills is essential to make tourism viable.
Uniqueness Through Creativity
Like any simulator, the freedom to create is one of the biggest selling points of A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism. The game itself has an issue with complex controllers and concepts at first, but players who can power through will be rewarded. Visually the game feels a little dated and is not the most impressive of them all, however, the character design and art direction are friendly and well-done. Originally from Japan, it has a distinguished anime aesthetic, which truly doesn’t affect gameplay, but might come as a welcome surprise for some.
A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism throws players into the midst of it all, in different cities, at different times in history and gives them the liberty to do whatever they choose so.
The game has a slow start, and might not be enough for everyone, since the in-depth mechanics can be trying at first. It takes a while to really get a payoff, and the time investment, along with the complexity might be enough to dissuade casual players.
A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism is a very niche-specific title, similar to most of its peers. If you find yourself being an aficionado of the railroad system or the train industry as a business, this is the game for you. If Transport Fever 2, Cities: Skylines, Islanders, or even Rimworld is your cup of tea, give this a try. But keep in mind, this will require a time commitment.
- In-depth Train Business Representation
- Complex Mechanics
- Freedom To Play Your Own Way
- Different Challenges Are Well Designed
- Very specific niche
- Steep Learning Curve
- Complexity Might Be Overwhelming
- Takes Time To Master & Enjoy
- Graphics Aren’t Great
- Random Performance Issues