Trackline Express Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

Trackline Express Review, Embark on a thrilling journey through an unforgiving desert. You’ll need to gather scarce resources and utilize your strategic and management skills to build a little train capable of overcoming attacks and fires.

Trackline Express Review Pros:

  • Decent cartoon graphics.
  • 212MB download size.
  • Graphics settings – depth of field, FPS meter, pixel density slider, and anti-aliasing.
  • Can remap controls.
  • Four save slots.
  • Two game types – campaign, and quick game.
  • The quick game mode lets you choose or create a map and then play it.
  • The campaign has an opening tutorial.
  • 3D world but all the sprites and scenery are 2D.
  • The gameplay is you are trying to get the train from one location to the next, at each station stop you need to run around crafting tools and gathering resources like coal to fuel the train.
  • Buy blueprints for new tools, weapons, items, etc.
  • When crafting you select what you want and then place the marker, drop the needed materials into that marker, and bosh it’s made.
  • Hover over anything to get a brief description and name of whatever it is.
  • Water in the game is like stamina, every action lowers your water and you need to drink in order to stay active.
  • All materials stack together and can be picked up and dropped easily enough.
  • Build piggy banks to store coins.
  • Pick up passengers on the way and swap between them to control a new character.
  • You can detach and attach train carriages, trailers, etc to your liking at any time.
  • The marker for crafting shows what you need and fills in as you complete a task.
  • When harvesting for resources and materials you just click the source and your character will continuously do it until you press the button again or the source depletes.
  • The whole time you are playing, there is a raging fire behind you and over time it starts to chase you so you have to be quick but efficient.
  • Bonus hay balls spawn and grabbing them gives rewards.
  • As you drink water from ponds and streams, the water level goes down.
  • You can automate processes and put passengers to work to use machinery.
  • Eventually, you unlock enemies and with this comes a whole new subset of activities, you can craft defenses and weapons to fight off the enemies.
  • You can zoom the camera in and out and move it around ever so slightly.

Trackline Express Review Cons:

  • The tutorial is only available in the campaign mode and is not a seperate option.
  • You can only carry two tools at a time so every time you need another tool you in essence have to craft a new tool each time.
  • The whole gameplay loop takes a lot of getting used to, the menus are not as fluid and straightforward as you need them to be.
  • Slowdown happens in places.
  • You can just stand there and not know what needs to be done, early on this is common at every stop.
  • Descriptions of the crafting are not that helpful.
  • You don’t have any sort of guide or place to get answers.
  • Camera control is not great and can make seeing things difficult at times.

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Trackline Express:

Official website.

Developer: Bubblebird Studio

Publisher: Bubblebird Studio

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

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!