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Bounty Train

On Rails Gameplay

Reviewed by: James "Voidfox" | Twitter | May 23, 2017

I kept getting hooked on trading and forgetting about the other aspects of the game!

  • Review Play Time: 5.5 hours
  • Price: $29.99 (CAD)

so far... I got $5.45/Hour* of ordinaryness

*Based on updated Steam total play time.

Game Flow

  • Start campaign or sandbox mode
  • Lug some passengers around
  • Make a bit of coin
  • Purchase a caboose
  • Hire gun-slingers, doctors, and other train crew
  • Purchase a shipping carriage
  • Visit other States
  • Subscribe to their newspaper
  • Get market updates
  • Buy goods low
  • Sell goods high
  • Profit
  • Defend against attempted hijackings along your travels
  • Purchase upgrades for your locomotive and carriages
  • Buy a new locomotive, go faster, pull more weight
  • Offer your services and complete missions for each State
  • Finish the campaign or go as long as you can in sandbox
  • Choo choo!

Likes

  • A historical real-time strategy, rpg, resource management railway-themed sim
  • Offers Campaign and Sandbox modes
  • Do you like trading? Buy low, sell high gameplay is simple and addicting
  • RPG mechanics like leveling up, stats, and skills
  • RTS style train defending gameplay, like in the movies!
  • Activating special unlocked abilities for each character makes the RTS train defending mechanics a little more interesting
  • Train defending has tactical pause, providing needed time to strategize, reposition, and give attack orders
  • Obtain, buy, and sell sweet, sweet loot!
  • Random events can occur while travelling from State-to-State
  • Simple banking mechanic (make money off interest!)
  • Game will challenge your time management skills as you take on multiple quests/missions
  • You can live the life of a bandit, if you so choose
  • Train uses coal to operate, the option of auto-purchasing coal is a nice quality of life feature
All Likes

Dislikes

  • Game flow interrupted by frequent, quick loading screens
  • Icons have no labels, forcing mouse hover to identify them
  • Can feel a bit grindy at times, slowing down progression
  • Random bandit attacks can potentially end your game if you have no money to pay them off or the crew to defend (be responsible with your money!)
  • Game UI could be more clear
  • The navigation map can be zoomed out, but State names become harder to read
  • Gameplay can start to feel repetitive over time
All Dislikes

The Final Word

Bounty Train's strengths lies in its mixed bag of gameplay mechanics: trading goods based on economic needs, transporting passengers, wild west gun fights while defending your train from boarding bandits, RPG character leveling up/skills/loot, and random events occurring along your travels. The mechanics are simplified to make these tasks less daunting. I specifically found the economy-trading mechanics to be addicting and lucrative, which made it easier to purchase new carriages, locomotives, crew, and upgrades.

For those who quickly play through the campaign, you have sandbox mode. This is where you strive for the best Train equipment and crew money can buy, and of course, try your hand at being the best Bounty Train Bandit in all the land, or you know, you can always stick to being a boring, law-abiding citizen.

Bounty Train has a lot to offer with miles of track to cover, and although I particularly didn't like the frequent game-flow-interrupting loading screens and I lost a bit of steam when the game started feeling repetitive, I think Bounty Train is still worthy of a ride.

Worth it?

Wait For a sale

Reviewed by: James "Voidfox" | Twitter | May 23, 2017