[App Review] Trainyard

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Despite a lack of catchy tunes and somewhat finicky controls, Trainyard’s bright colors and addictive gameplay are worth checking out.

Choo choo! It’s time to put on your thinking cap and hit the railroad tracks, because the high speed puzzles in the Trainyard app are ready to test your brainpower. With a flick of the finger and some fast reflexes, you can guide colorful trains to their stations, while twisting your mind into all kinds of corkscrewing turns.

For just $2.99, this easy-to-learn but difficult-to-master game has hundreds of increasingly complex puzzles that will test your wits. The unique graphics are set against a black background, as the neon-like bright trains zip around with beautiful lighting effects in response to your finger tracing their tracks.

Sound effects are somewhat lacking, and there’s no nifty music to get you into the puzzle-solving mood, which is definitely a missed opportunity here.

The gameplay is absolutely top-notch, though, as you try to get trains into their appropriately colored station by managing overlapping angles, direction-changing switches, and carefully timed crossovers. Once you get into the higher levels, Trainyard will start throwing curveballs at you in the form of custom squares that paint over trains, split them, or even block construction of tracks. If that’s not challenging enough, you can put the game in Expert mode, where you’re rated on how many tracks you use to beat each level. Controls are mostly smooth, but sometimes quick swipes of your finger end up skipping squares or turn trains around in a direction you didn’t intend. So, what’s our final verdict? We give this app a “B+”.

Images courtesy of Matt Rix.