Review: Paper Train (Nintendo Switch)

Don’t miss the train! Step into the shoes of a conductor! Control railway traffic, choo-choose the best moment to halt and speed up your engines, without having them crashing together. Get them through rocky canyons, amusement parks, plane cemeteries, spacecraft crash sites, holiday resorts and other exotic locations trains usually travel through. Complete levels with flawless precision for special rewards, or just hop in for some stress-free conducting and enjoy the beautiful hand-drawn aesthetics, while you let off some steam.

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 170mb download size.
  • How to play instructions.
  • Puzzle gameplay.
  • Clean and clear HUD.
  • Earn 3 stars on a level based on the time it took to complete.
  • Touchscreen support.
  • Best played with the touchscreen.
  • Boost button to speed up time.
  • Goal-get trains from one point to the other and you will have many trains in play at once.
  • Crash=game over.
  • Overall map level select.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Difficult.
  • Instant restarts.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Addictive.

Cons:

  • Difficult.
  • Not easy to play with the controller, far too fiddly.
  • No leaderboards.
  • Same concept over and over.
  • Not that much Replayability.
  • No hints/tips.

 

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

I love these games, beautiful to look at and solid gameplay. Your job here is to guide trains to their destination and avoid obstacles and other trains. It sounds simple but is devilishly hard. You can speed up time and have instant restarts so it’s not a huge concern to try a few different ideas. Using the touchscreen I found to be the best way as the controller is just not fast enough. Yes, it hardly mixes the formula up but on the flip side, it nails and maintains the gameplay throughout. It’s a brilliant little puzzle game and worthy of your time.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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