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By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Route trains to correct stations in this innovative stumper.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+
Love the progressively harder logic puzzles.

Is It Any Good?

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TRAINYARD has a simple goal: get the color-coded trains from their outlets to their correct stations. Players draw tracks on the screen with a finger, and then send the trains on their way. However, as the game progresses players encounter new obstacles and techniques: combining trains to mix the colors, creating branching tracks that send trains into different directions, and stations that re-paint the trains into different colors. With short tutorials spaced out throughout the levels, Trainyard is very easy to learn and has a good learning curve. But with about 150 levels, the harder stages can stump even puzzle-loving adults.

The graphics are clean and attractive, and the interface is well-designed without a lot of distractions. There's even an option for color-blind players to label all the elements with letters. The game keeps track of the progress of two players, which is a nice touch, although it would be nice to be able to change the names on the profiles. All in all, Trainyard is a fantastic puzzle game that uses some basic ideas in a very innovative way that both children and adults can enjoy.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Science: engineering, motion, Math: counting, geometry
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, hypothesis-testing, logic, prediction, solving puzzles, Creativity: combining knowledge, developing novel solutions
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: September 1, 2011
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Topics: Trains
  • Publisher: Matt Rix
  • Version: 1.66
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up
  • Last updated: August 26, 2021

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