If you're looking for a game that will introduce kids on how trains work, then Pocket Trains would be perfect for them. It's the virtual boy-centric equivalent of a Polly Pocket, except this has to do with small trains and tiny people in a pixelated version of the world through the eyes of an adorable choo-choo train.

Pocket Trains starts off with you owning two trains, a red one and a blue one. Your mission is not only to deliver certain products, but you have to do it in a timely manner. If one of your trains is falling behind on its schedule, you have the option of using the boost and having your train shoot off down the track as fast as a bullet train. At first all of the instructions on how to handle each one of your trains is a little overwhelming, depending on how fast you click through the tutorial, but next thing you know you're making more tracks so you can deliver to more cities around the world. As you continue to deliver goods to random points you'll receive more money, and that's where it gets even more fun.

After a certain point you realize that your trains are only going to one of three cities. How can you expand on that? By building more railroads. It's easy for you to make enough virtual money in order to get more trains and railroad tracks under your belt in a short amount of time, and the bright graphics make it all the more delightful to stay within the world of Pocket Trains. You can buy bigger and better trains as time goes along, continuing your reign across the European tracks as the dominant railroad company to select from the rest.

Perhaps one of the best things about Pocket Trains is how it automatically updates you when one of your trains has arrived to its destination. You may be checking your email, then suddenly you get a notification that the red train has made it to Rome. When you make enough trips you're able to level up, stock up on some more money and fine-tune each one of your trains. You can even click on the screen to see where your train is on a map, or on another button that gives you an actual look at where your train is at the moment. You can glance at the little people hanging out in certain compartments, enjoying their pixelated sushi or yogurt as they're being hauled all the way from Italy to England. You can't interact with them, but it's still cute to look at.

Pocket Trains is addicting and continues to give you little things to do with your railroad company as time goes along. Now if you'll excuse me, my blue train has just gotten back from Paris and I must tend to it immediately.


App Store Link: Pocket Train for iPhone & iPad | By NimbleBit, LLC | Price: Free | Version: 1.0.2 | 47.1 MB | Rating: 4+

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