First-Person Platformer: Free Wait ‘Em Up Endless Express

Choo choo!

Writing about Train Simulator’s pretty Japanese countryside DLC yesterday reminded me: I forgot to post Endless Express last year. It’s a free game about a convoluted train journey through a magical world to get home, consulting timetables and planning changes to catch the right trains. Routes run to a schedule in real time so you will end up waiting a bit, which is grand as it’s time to poke around each station and see the weird scenery and locals. Here, I made a video to show you.

For people who prefer words: Endless Express plonks us on a platform with only a timetable and a watch (raised by clicking) to guide us home. We travel from the mountains to the sea to a swamp and onwards, changing trains and hopefully not catching the wrong one. They run in semi-real-time, arriving at set minutes past the actual-real-hour. This tends to give a few minutes to poke around each station and see what’s going on, exploring the strange scenery and meeting the odd locals. It follows the real-world day cycle too; I like dusk the best.

It’s quite charming, with bubbly music and a mix of low-poly untextured 3D scenery and cartoonish hand-drawn sprites. It all makes for an unreal and magical world.

Endless Express was made by Florian Veltman, Alexandre Taillefert, Felix Meunier, and Martin Grugger during 7 Day FPS last November, which is when I meant to post about it. Better late than never! It’s a free download or playable in your browser over here.

7 Comments

  1. Henke says:

    That was wonderful. :D Loved what they did with the 2D artwork in a 3D space, the waterfall in particular looks great.

  2. All is Well says:

    There’s an “Alice videos” tag? I think my quality of life just improved a bit.
    Also, why does the train sound like an angry duck?

    • RARARA says:

      Alice’s breezy narration is an island of tranquility in the ocean of an angry internet voices.

      OT: I love the art style. Especially the water in the fourth location.

  3. yandexx says:

    First thought was that this is in the Amplitude’s Endless universe. I’ll give this a shot in any case, thanks!

  4. TheTourist314 says:

    Listening to Alice narrate things is like snuggling into a warm blanket on a rainy afternoon.

    I will definitely have to give this a shot, I haven’t had enough walking simulators in my life lately.

  5. Contrafibularity says:

    This is awesome, and for once I actually liked the video commentary. Moar Miyazaki-inspired walking sims plox. And more simulated timetable transportation in games plox. Definitely playing this later.

  6. Viroso says:

    At the water station I walked down the tracks all the way to the end and fell into the water and sank.