Posts Tagged ‘Urban Games’

Trains, planes, and tycooning in Transport Fever

Transport Fever is not what one catches from the London Underground handrail; that’s the Hammersmith Honks. Nor is it what you get from seat-back screens on planes; that’s Sandler Syphilis. Don’t mistake it for Truckstop Fever, an infection from a species of bum lice found only along Route 101. And the medical consequences of riding a bicycle are, we all know, becoming a bicycle yourself. No, Transport Fever [official site] is a Transport Tycoon-sorta-ish sim about building and managing transport networks. It’s the sequel to 2014’s Train Fever, which Tim Stone quite liked, and out now. Read the rest of this entry »

Planes, Trains And Automoboats: Transport Fever

Train Fever gave off all the right signals and received a nod of approval from none other than our very own Stat Controller, Tim Stone. A sequel has just been announced and, glory be, it’s going full Transport Tycoon. Transport Fever’s [official site] the name. Taking in land, air and sea transport, and more than 150 years of history, it’ll have cities that evolve, 120+ makes of vehicle, and improved UI and simulation features. The first trailer just pulled into the station.

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Wot I Think: Train Fever

After a series of ghastly accidents, train jousting was banned in the UK in May 1866.

In Train Fever you don’t play Basil Batchley-Lytton, a Holmes-style epidemiologist investigating a gruesome skin disease sweeping Victorian Britain. Pressing ‘h’ doesn’t hail the nearest hansom cab. Pressing ‘m’ doesn’t bring up a microscope view. The¬†climactic scene doesn’t take place in the horsehair storeroom of the GWR upholstery shop in Swindon. Accept these crushing disappointments – recognise that ¬£20 has secured you a compelling Transport Tycoon replacement with a few annoying yet surmountable flaws, rather than a fog-wreathed microbial mystery – and enjoyment is almost inevitable. Read the rest of this entry »

What A Lovely Way To Burn: Train Fever

That is, indeed, a train.

Trains! Yes. Because I went to university in the late ’00s and am awful, I have a poster on my wall depicting a line drawing of a boy that says “Keep calm and like trains.” For similar reasons, I have never played a train simulator or management game. Train Fever is the most provocative so far, not least because of the name. Literal train fever would likely be very unpleasant, sweating scalding steam and burning oil. Here it thankfully simply relates to the passion needed for track-based vehicular movement so you can guide a burgeoning empire from 1850 up through the modern day. It launched on Steam and Humble today if you’re feeling train-frisky and you’ll find a disappointingly jazzless launch trailer through the ticket barrier.

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