With a name like Public Transport Simulator, you would guess that this game is about managing trains and buses or hiring staff. Wrong. This game is about driving a tram along a track and transporting commuters around the track. Yet it’s fun!
The game’s interface may seem confusing, but the game itself is very simple. You use the Q-T keys to set your target speed from 0-60, and the D key to open your doors once you’ve come to a complete stop. You have to manage your overall time between passenger stops while hitting the stoplights and car crossings, which you have to slow down for. You’ll know that your passengers are happy by the big smiley/frowny face they display.
The graphics here are minimal, yet oddly endearing. You basically drive a 2D tram in front of a photographic backdrop. The menu items are all primary colors and very “loud”, yet the only bit you really need to pay attention to is the lower right hand corner where it displays upcoming stops and car crossings.
The developer, Daniel Viktorin, is Czech. As a result the English in the game isn’t that great. Yet the gameplay still keeps me fascinated.
A game about driving a train on rails between predetermined stops still manages to be fun.
Talking Points: What is so endearing about this game? Why is it so fun? What’s the appeal? If anybody didn’t like it, why is that? Is this literally “on rails” game proof that almost anything can be made into a fun game?
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