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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Trackline Express (2024) is a strategy game where you build and resource a train on an adventure through an unforgiving desert. Play involves running around to gather scarce materials to create the resources you need - coal, ore and wood for starters. It balances base building with the steady production of ever more complex equipment and ironmongery.

It's a train builder where you need to reach the stations while keeping your passengers safe from attacks and wildfires. Gather wood, rocks, ores, and coal, and then transform them into various resources to create new buildings and equipment using blueprints that you unlock along the way.

As you progress you discover it's not as simple as that. Not only are there missing sections of track but barbarian attacks and wildfires rage. Along the way, you collect coins to unlock blueprints for more complex builds - mines, smelters and the like. You can even recruit comrades and put them to work to automate your progress.

The result is a game about balancing progress down the tracks with your ability to defend yourself and deal with disasters. Each new run is different and requires different prioritisation, adaptation is key.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Trackline Express a year ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting, Simulation and Strategy game with Action, Adventure, Sequencing and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


There's a Daily Challenge mode with a randomly generated map that everyone plays to compete for the highest score.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to deal with multiple systems at the same time. This starts simply but soon gets complex and layered. You need resilience when you run out of resources.


Trackline Express usually costs £10.99 to £12.79.

Trackline Express

Switch Store Switch £10.99
Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/04/2024

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Simulation, Strategy (Action, Adventure, Sequencing and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night, Grid and Hand-Made

Developer: Fabien Weibel (@FabienWeibel)

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