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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Train Braining (2015) is a puzzle game where you lay train track to then deliver passengers to their required platforms. While sounds simple, but due to the minimal passenger room on your train and the layout of each miniature level, the solution is rarely as straightforward as it first appears. It's an ingenious game that's unique and challenging, yet rewarding when you figure each of the puzzles out.

In each level, you are given a train with room for just two passengers. You lay track to define a path past each passenger, who then occupies any available carriage. If you then move past the station, they will depart. The challenge is to get all the passengers to the station. This, however, is complicated by the fact that the passengers in later levels are colour coordinated, only getting off at certain stations, adding an extra layer of complexity.

The layout of each level, too, increases the difficulty, with trees, platforms and passengers scattered in such a way as to make the journey you need to take increasingly complex with each passing level, of which there are 11 in total. You can undo as many goes as you want, or restart a level at any time if you need to, and each level is fairly small in scope, with there only ever being a few passengers total.

It's a fiendishly difficult puzzle game that, while simple to grasp, takes lots of outside-the-box thinking, experimentation to beat. It's a challenging yet rewarding play experience. Train Braining is the original prototype for the game Cosmic Express, which contains more levels, much-improved graphics, and a gentler difficulty curve.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Train Braining 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game game with Puzzle and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 2 hours to complete.

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

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The simple challenge is good for slightly older children than it appears. The visuals belie a surprisingly complex challenge. That said, children who click with the idea will enjoy rising to the challenge that many adults will falter at.

CostsCosts

You can only play this on older systems (Web Browser) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Train Braining

Web Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
You can play for free on the Train Braining web page
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/03/2015

Price: Free

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game (Puzzle and Simulation)

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)


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