There’s really only one word I can use when describing Tracks – The Train Set Game, that word is “delightful” and I think most will agree. It is the most chilled out game I’ve ever played.
I missed playing Tracks during the EGX event, but in the days which have followed – after one of the group I went with explained his time on the show floor with the game – I have purchased the game four times. That’s one copy for me and everyone else I went to EGX with. We were all so intrigued by our friends description of what he’d played, and since I’d somehow completely avoided buying a round during our brief visit to the Friday evening party, it had to be done. That is particularly evident when the game isn’t much more expensive than a bottle of beer was at EGX…
I’ve only spent an hour and a half playing so far, but the core controls can be picked up in a matter of seconds, there’s recently been an update to improve the tutorial a little too. The game looks gorgeous, which surprised me. Who knew a wooden train set and associated props could look so good?
Your imagination can run wild, sadly mine lets me down when given a completely blank slate, which is an option in Tracks. If you so desire, you can start with a single train and a single piece of track, with a large blank area to get creative. There’s also a “living room” level, where you can throw what look like giant sofa cushions on the ground to raise the terrain. There’s sofas, big screen TVs, dining chairs and tables. Like I said, delightful.
It’s in Early Access at the moment, with no definitive release window, but they do plan to support Steam Workshop in some fashion. Billed as “very much a sandbox right now” which I’d agree with, it’s already a very fun (if limited) sandbox at this stage, well worth the small asking price.
You can read more on the developers site about how it came to be. Here’s a few screenshots for you!