There’s one thing oddly reassuring concerning the enduring love we now have for trains and the video games that allow us guide them via the world. Even in 2023, the romantic attachment persists. For so long as I have been enjoying video games, trains have been a continuing, from informal puzzlers to dense administration sims. And now there’s one other one which’s piqued my curiosity. Station to Station has a little bit of the latter, however is extra of a soothing, minimalist romp—a lightweight puzzler with a couple of sim components and plenty of fashion. 

Introduced this week, Station to Station is coming to Steam this yr, however within the meantime you possibly can try the charming trailer above. Rail bosses can be tasked with plonking down a rail community throughout a wide range of biomes, and you will not should really feel dangerous about destroying the pure magnificence of those areas, as a result of in Station to Station these transport hyperlinks truly affect the expansion of wildlife, fostering nature wherever they’re positioned. 

Biomes will apparently include their very own distinctive mechanics, although they have not been detailed but. If you need a bit extra of a problem from this informal sim, you may as well anticipate non-obligatory goals, stack bonuses and the possibility to chase excessive scores. The true enchantment for me, although, is the voxel artwork and tilt-shift digital camera, which contribute to a putting aesthetic. The entire thing simply seems to be like a beautiful toy railroad. I am very eager to shrink myself down and take a break on this quaint little city. 

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In movement it is each serene and fairly energetic, with loads of critters hanging out subsequent to the tracks. Let’s simply hope they do not trigger any accidents. It is all very heat and welcoming: cosy, in a phrase. Which makes it slightly nicely positioned, as cosiness very a lot appears to be the in factor immediately, identical to healthful video games weren’t that way back. Is there a lot of a distinction between a comfortable game and a healthful game? Are we actually simply victims of savvy rebranding? Cease asking questions and have a look at this camel.  

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