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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Rail Route (2024) is a simulation game where you design a railway network and oversee the movement of trains between stations to minimise delays. You play from the rail operations centre and control the strategic placement of tracks and routing of trains within your budget to develop a vast automated network. It stands out for the intricate micromanagement of how each train moves from station to station and how this efficiency must fit into the wider system.

You design your railway network based on real cities such as Tokyo, London and Glasgow and across real stations, of which only a few are unlocked at the start of the round. Each train has a specific schedule it must follow by adjusting railroad switches to set its route so it can reach the desired station and platform on time. The catch is that each section of tracks can only be occupied by one train at a time, which can lead to significant delays if you haven’t prepared by integrating sections for passing along your routes.

As you progress, you can buy platforms at new stations and increase your network’s capacity for traffic. You steadily automate processes such as departure signalling and route selection using technologies that can be unlocked with experience points. Upgraded tracks can be bought so your trains can go faster and tunnels enable more direct routes. With practice, you can develop the best methods for automation and efficiency, which accelerates your progression.

The result is a game that is remarkably complex for its simple concept. It offers a good challenge that encourages creativity and learning from your mistakes. Sitting back and watching your automated network run smoothly is a satisfying reward for well-planned development.

Our examiner, Jake Kendall, first checked Rail Route 4 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Sequencing, Simulation and Strategy game with Brain Game, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game. You can share your completed networks online, and view those made by others.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete. A session of the game varies in length and depends on your ambition and success.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Progressing in this game requires an understanding of its relatively complex mechanics. Younger children may enjoy the early stages of play but will struggle to deal with numerous trains at once.

CostsCosts

Rail Route usually costs £20.99.
 

Rail Route

Steam Store PC £20.99
Steam Store Mac £20.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/02/2024

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Sequencing, Simulation, Strategy (Brain Game, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Bitrich Info (@BitrichInfo)


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