All Aboard the Post-Apocalyptic Choo-Choo: The Final Station Out This August

The Final Station [official site] is preparing for its maiden voyage on August 30. You’re the conductor of one of the last running trains after a zombie outbreak has ravaged the earth. Players chug through the wasted landscape, pistol in tow, collecting supplies and survivors, while making sure the undead don’t find a way to snack on your face in the process.

Alec played the game in beta, and it seems like The Final Station will be quite challenging. Supplies, including ammo, are scarce, meaning every shot counts when you’re out scouting abandoned stations. You can use the environment to your advantage, though, throwing the varied detritus scattered across the land (i.e. toilets) to take out your foes. You may have to explore these abandoned areas completely, too, in order to uncover a pass code that will unlock your train and allow you to move on.

The Final Station includes some interesting sim elements as well. On board the train, you’ll have to ration food and medicine to care for your survivors. Gathering loot at abandoned stations means you’ll be able to craft extra supplies and gear to aid you on your journey. Passengers can die if you mismanage your supplies but, as tinyBuild CEO Alex Nichiporchik assures us, “if they die on your train (during travels between stations), you can loot them for a small reward.” Cheery!

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  1. Carra says:

    Train that keeps on running during an apocalypse? Someone must have seen Snowpiercer.

    • Martin Z says:

      @ cara

      Actually before the movie, there was a classic post-apo / survival train game “Transarctica / Arctic Baron”. Similarly to Snowpiercer, it was based on a SF works published in 1980s.

      Transarctica was based on series of novels “La Compagnie des glaces”, about world in which climate engineering went wrong, resulting in ice age. I loved the idea in game that coal was both a fuel and a resource.

      After that I have soft spot for post-apo trains.

      • Typhoone says:

        Transarctica is top of my list for a “please remake/reskin/re-release” this! The train-on-train 2D combat was terrible, but the art and story was so fascinating! There’s a DOS-box playable version, but most Silmarils games and their respective licenses seem to have disappeared into the ether however.

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    DrollRemark says:

    When I started reading the piece, I was really hoping this was a full fledged train simulator, with… I don’t know, limited fuel resources or something? Now I find out I have to care for other people? Pah.