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Monday, June 24, 2024

Railway Islands: A Spawning Point Review

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Gameplay
6.5
Graphics
5
Audio
6.5
Vibes
7
Railway Islands is a uniquely challenging and charming puzzle game that involves rotating tiles to connect trains to stations before exiting through a tunnel. The variety of levels, challenging game play and charming setting make this a fun addition to any puzzle fan's game collection. The controls are a bit fiddly, but if you can get past this and don't mind the less-than-stellar graphics, it's a great little puzzler to pick up and play whenever you fancy a fun challenge.

Railway Islands: Our Honest Review

What is Railway Islands?

Railway Islands by QUBYTE is a puzzle game where you have to move and rotate tiles to complete the track and see your train journey to the stations before exiting through a tunnel.

The game starts easily enough by giving you just straight and curved pieces of track, but as the game progresses, more complex pieces of track such as bridges, ramps, crossroads and minimum usage signs are introduced. Soon a simple sounding premise starts to become extremely tricky. 

How Does Railway Islands Play?

The game has approximately 50 levels, along with a sandbox mode to keep players coming back for more (even though a lot of the puzzles are people just uploading really easy levels for the trophies).

I tend to get fed up with puzzle games on the whole, as most of the time there’s no real challenge until the last few levels, the puzzles would be so simple that I could probably get through it in 1 session without breaking much of a sweat. Thankfully with Railway Islands, that isn’t the case … I’m somewhere between level 30 and 40, and some days I’m lucky to get through 1 puzzle in a sitting, but when it clicks and you figure it out it’s a great feeling.

In Conclusion

It’s been a long time since a puzzle game has been able to challenge and stump me as much as this one. Looking at the listing on the Playstation Store I wasn’t expecting much, what with the simple graphics and the low price of entry it really made me question whether Railway Islands would be worth playing, and I almost didn’t pick it up … but I’m really glad that I did.

Yes at times the controls can be a bit fiddly making selecting the tile you want a bit of a nightmare at times, but the real issue with Railway Islands is how it has flown so far under most players’ radar.

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Railway Islands is a uniquely challenging and charming puzzle game that involves rotating tiles to connect trains to stations before exiting through a tunnel. The variety of levels, challenging game play and charming setting make this a fun addition to any puzzle fan's game collection. The controls are a bit fiddly, but if you can get past this and don't mind the less-than-stellar graphics, it's a great little puzzler to pick up and play whenever you fancy a fun challenge.Railway Islands: A Spawning Point Review