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Train Sim, Driver, Layout Builder 'Trainz 2' (iPhone, iPad) $3.99/$7.99 => $.99

12-20-2014, 06:24 AM
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Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 4,432
Train Sim, Driver, Layout Builder 'Trainz 2' (iPhone, iPad) $3.99/$7.99 => $.99

Keep in mind this is NOT an arcade action game and it's NOT a replacement for the industry sim Railroad Tycoon. For pure railroad enthusiasts (which I am) only. You are a locomotive operator (driver) in US, Canada, UK or Australia. In the later levels you have additional other jobs (switches, signals, turntables, putting together trains…). There is a separate arcade mode (IAP). You can build your own tracks. Multiplayer. Both iOS versions (2014) are on their best price for the first time (never were cheaper). I didn't test any IAPs (yet). Played both versions for 30 min. on iPad Air 2.

Note! The following app info is for the iPad version. Link to the iPhone version below!






tA main discussion thread.

In the thread someone said:

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Avoid, IAPs needed to do anything past training and it won't let me register so can't download the free stuff. I will be looking for a refund
That's not true. There is an option "Select Route" with 24 jobs, levels, sessions or how ever you'll call that. Choose those lines with white text color (p. e. "British Midlands", "City and Country US"…) and then the "View Sessions" button (below right)—there are the free sessions inside. Choose (highlight) a session and then "Drive Session" (again below right). Works pretty well here.

Also, registration went fine, but I couldn't download any user-generated levels because of a "server error". Maybe I'll try that later again.

Current Version Average Rating (US store): 4.50 (248)
All Versions Average Rating: 4.50 (1465)


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The iPhone version is called Trainz Driver 2 with World Builder
https://itunes.apple.com/app/trainz-driver-2-world-builder/id895264509?mt=8


(There are additional screenshots of the world builder.)

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$0.99 CHRISTMAS SALE ... Thanks Santa!!

*** The best train sim on iPhone just got even better... Now create your own tracks! ***

Brought to you by the undisputed masters of realistic railroad simulation!

Note: Updating to iOS8.0.2 resolves the half-screen issue being reported by some users.

With new graphics and new content (including steam engines!!!) Trainz Driver 2 is a worthy upgrade for any train fan. Now with multiplayer and amazing world building tools, you can drive, build and share your love of trains with enthusiasts from all around the world.

Based upon the best selling Trainz Simulator 2 for iPad, Trainz Driver 2 delivers powerful yet easy to use world editing tools:
* lay track, signals & track markers
* sculpt and paint the terrain
* add scenery, buildings, fences, roads & traffic
* select from a huge variety of trains and rolling stock to set up your driving experience
* issue commands to each train to customize each driving session
* upload your creations to the Download Station

Combined with Trainz Simulator 2 for iPad, you can expand your route with interactive driving sessions using additional rules and commands, then share with others via the DLS.

Multiplayer lets you drive trains with both Trainz Driver 2 and Trainz Simulator 2 users. Arrange to play with your friends or join an existing game and participate in co-operative sessions, chatting as you go using iTrainz Chat.

Includes routes from USA, UK and Australia along with fictional "arcade" sessions for extra fun and excitement. For the first time, steam engines are included in the core app along with detailed tutorials to teach you how turn a tender full of coal and water into the power required to haul freight and passengers over a variety of routes. Of course a wide selection of diesel locos, freight wagons, tankers, passenger cars and more also await the aspiring train driver...young or old.

New content is being released all the time, so you can expand your collection of Routes, Sessions, Locos and Rolling Stock through in-game purchases.
Main tA thread. There is nothing in it and should be edited because it's called an iPad app (but it's iPhone only).

Current Version Average Rating: 5.00 (176)
All Versions Average Rating: 4.50 (397)


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148Apps.com Review (iPad version):

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The world in which the trains inhabit is surprisingly vast, if very graphically dated, so those who enjoy that sort of thing are going to have something to enjoy for a long time to come.
Lots of documents, forums, links for the Android versions (on sale as well):
http://trainzportal.com/

Kind of classic from down under (from the country that is always mixed up with Austria):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trainz

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Last edited by Habakuk; 12-20-2014 at 12:29 PM.
12-20-2014, 03:19 PM
#2
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 284
I was going to suggest this to my dad, an avid train guy. But it sounds like the free content may be a little confusing to get to for someone over 70. Anyone able to speak to that?
12-21-2014, 04:12 AM
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Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 4,432
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Originally Posted by Almy View Post
I was going to suggest this to my dad, an avid train guy. But it sounds like the free content may be a little confusing to get to for someone over 70. Anyone able to speak to that?
Okay you feel where the game comes from (Windows). There are menus but they are pretty straight forward and easy to follow. It's a simulator and such a software is always more "complicated" or "confusing" than a casual arcade game or button smasher.

Train guys appreciate that. You can find the "free" content as described. I'd say finding that content is easier than driving a 1,000+ hp super muscle diesel locomotive hooked on a heavy and extra-long freight train downhill with weak brakes.

Hurry up! Handpicked & Time-Limited App Store FREEbies & Sales
(Blog German-language; but you'll find all links, pics, and videos.)
12-21-2014, 10:59 AM
#4
For me, the best train games on iOS are Train Drive ATS and Train Drive ATS 2. They are very good, in the line of Densha De Go games.