Trainz Simulator iPad

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by Graeme43, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Graeme43 macrumors 6502a

    Graeme43

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    Hey guys I suggest that u get this train simulator as its really awesome :D its my fav app so far lol it was 7.99 in the UK :D

    Its fun as I have played it on windoze before

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  2. redman042 macrumors 68020

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    I've been messing with this since it came out. I used to own Trainz 2004 on the PC and have some experience with this program. I'm really amazed that they managed to port this program to the iPad, since it is just packed with features. Most people who aren't train enthusiasts will pass this over quickly since on the surface it seems very boring ("meh... you just drive a train around??"). What they might not realize is you can CREATE layouts from scratch... mountains, valleys, textures, roads, houses, junctions... the list goes on and on. So essentially this is a "train driving" program coupled with an extensively-featured 3D modeling program, the likes of which I have never seen on the iPad before. It is a very unique app.

    What's most startling is that they packed this into an iPad and it runs surprisingly well with only 256 mb of RAM. I've spent many hours using this already and it hasn't crashed ONCE. And this is Version 1. That is truly amazing.

    Now, the bad news is the UI is not completely intuitive or fully optimized for the iPad. This is one complicated app. On the surface it is pretty easy to click around, but given the amount of control they give you, there are a LOT of buttons. It takes certain types of gestures to do things like place rails and set gradients, and none of this is explained or obvious. Took me a lot of trial and error to figure it out. There is no manual. Supposedly they are working on it. Thankfully there is an UNDO button. I've used it a lot.

    I don't want to beat them up too much. It's clear they put a lot of thought into the UI for the PC, and in many ways it is elegant. But the port to the iPad still needs work and it really needs some training videos on Youtube or something.

    That said, it's amazing what you can do. I created this mountain layout entirely from scratch. I shaped every mountain, placed every tree, laid every track, and painted every texture. This is just scratching the surface of the library of objects you can choose from. None of it is cookie-cutter. It's all user-controlled. Heck, even if you aren't into trains, if you like creating cities or nature scenes or whatever, you can get totally engrossed in this app. Once you get past the frustration of learning the UI, that is.

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  3. sneeks macrumors 6502a

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    I bought this for 59p last night in the app store :D
     
  4. Graeme43 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. sneeks macrumors 6502a

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    I hadn't heard of it until it appeared in the App Store Top 10 paid apps last night. This is the only forum where I have found any mention of it.
     
  6. Graeme43 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    lol I got it the day it came out since i was signed up to the trainz newsletter. Its some hell of a game/sim for 59p!! :D I made my own track but then the controls disappeared if i select the cab ones lol have u tried that

    Now if only Real Racing 2 HD wasn't 5.99 :rolleyes:
     
  7. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    I just downloaded this today. Didn't see it until it was in the charts, either.

    I love the Trainz series of games. I remember buying the games direct from the publisher in Brisbane before they were available here (in the US).

    They put a great deal of thought into the series and the iPad app looks great. At $.99 here in the US, it's really a no brainer for people who like simulation type apps. A lot of game for almost nothing.

    I would have paid $10 or more for this app.
     
  8. Graeme43 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I remember buying the Trainz from australia as well lol :p it took a while to come but couldn't wait!
     

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