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Game Giveaway of the day — I Need Railways

2D arcade game whose goal is to repair the rails for a moving train.
$5.00 EXPIRED
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I Need Railways was available as a giveaway on May 10, 2022!

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I Need Railways is a 2D arcade game whose goal is to repair the rails for a moving train using simple drawing like mouse movements. All the action of the game takes place in a papery world, where you will have to face various challenges (collect coal, don't touch trees, save the railroads, etc), which will become more and more difficult and fun.

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Publisher:

UniDen

Homepage:

https://uniden.itch.io/i-need-railways

File Size:

65.2 MB

Price:

$5.00

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I Need Railways:
In Brief:
I Need Railways is a line drawing game featuring hand drawn graphics. Initially in monochrome, but as you progress colour is added to complicate matters. ;)

You can see a video of game play HERE.
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The Game:
Please see the giveaway introduction and images just below the timer and download button above for details of todays game giveaway; courtesy of, Falcoware games and the developer Uniden.
Conclusion:
I Need Railways is definitely one to download IMO. It's been checked for malware and is 100% clean (according to my scan of the installed game using the online antimalware site Virus Total). .

It's a very playable but sometimes frustrating 2D minimalistic, hand drawn, line drawing game, with a physics mechanic. You only get a limited amount of ink to draw your lines, so you need to be very judicious in using it. Also, as soon as you start a level the train immediately moves towards the first break in the rails; you really need to be quick on the draw, deciding where your lines are going to be placed to save the train from disappearing into the abyss. Some gaps can be navigated by the train with no additional lines added; other gaps need you to draw punctuated lines quickly before the train arrives; {i.e. with gaps in them, much like a dotted line e.g _ _ _ _ _). You have only a few seconds at the most to block each gap before losing the level.

When you successfully get to the end of a level, the next level starts almost immediately. I'd like to have seen a brief respite, where you can gather your thoughts and perhaps redo the level you've just completed before moving on to the next one, but this is not possible unless you close the game down and restart from the very beginning. If you fail to complete the level and your train disappears into white nothingness, it's easy to restart the level you are on using the restart button in the top right hand corner of the games window. As you progress, levels become much harder to beat; thankfully, from level 3 onwards there are save points within the bounds of the level, so you don't have to start from the beginning of a level if you fail. You can attempt the level you are on as many times as you wish until you complete it.

Overall 'I Need Railways' is a decent indie arcade game that's ideal for those longer coffee/tea breaks, or if you've got some spare time in the evening.
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The down side to this game, is that there is no level map; so, when you close the game down, then restart, you start from the beginning each time.


I like to know how much time I need to devote to games like this, which is impossible without a level map, or knowing how many levels there are to beat. The developer needs to add a save point at the end of each level so that you can continue where you left off from a previous session instead of always having to start from the beginning of the game. The game would be much improved if the developer added a level map, so that you could start from where you left off if you needed a break from the game before completing it.

Still, I'll be keeping this one because I used to love playing the commercial version of Line Rider, one of the first games of this genre that I remember buying about 15 years ago. You can get a free version of Line Rider Advanced HERE (checked for malware and 100% clean). Another even better one called Line Rider 2: Unbound can be found for free on MyAbandonware HERE; it's an ISO file so you'll need to install it onto a DVD first before you can play the game. I'll be posting both of these games i.e. Line Rider Advanced and Line Rider 2: Unbound (which used to be sold on Steam) in the Free Games Project, over in the giveaway forums sometime soon. :) There's also other commercial versions of this genre, such as Draw Riders 1 & 2 that you'll find on Steam HERE. There are also a couple of android games that are similar such as Draw and Ride and Draw Me Physics that are free to play. :)


Sadly I suspect the game is quite short as I've played a lot of these Unity based games with no level map and they tend to be very short. Also, Uniden the developer seems to churn out several games regularly over a short period. They have given us 43 games since September 2020, mainly jig saw puzzles, but we have seen other genres such as Platformers (The Legend of the Fallen Castle 1 and 2), Tetris (Knights Tetris & Relaxing Tetris) , Board Games (Super Checkers) , football (Rockcar) and a Rubix Cube (Rubixs Adventure)
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Other Stuff:
You'll find regularly updated details of all the reasonable game deals and freebies that I can find HERE; that. until now I've usually post in this comments section


After a post by one of our regular community members in answer to a comment I made last week, I've decided to cut down my reviews and post my usual second comment detailing with freebies and the latest game deals over in the forums (which I'll link too) to keep my usually lengthy posts to a minimum.

I did say I would do this a couple of years ago, but habits die hard. :) I need to make some changes as life has become a lot busier over the last few years. I'll focus mainly on a conclusion from this point forwards, but depending on the game (e.g. if it's one of my favourite genres or if it's a limited Steam giveaway), I may expand further. I will of course continue to moderate as usual, both here and in the forums.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Whiterabbit-uk,


Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found zero hits from 58 antimalware engines.

The downloaded executable for installing the game 'may' include some low level adware that only opens your browser once to Falcoware's home page after the game has installed and also places four shortcuts onto your desktop (these can be safely deleted once the game has installed with no effect on the game). The installation itself DOES NOT inject any malware into your system. When your browser is opened to Falcoware's home page following the games installation, it earns Falcoware games some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away for free. Once you've installed the game, there are no more browser redirections. This is because Falcoware removed their installer almost two years ago (that installer would show an advert for a game while the game was loading (which always took about 20 seconds to ensure you'd seen the advert). It would also always open your browser each time you closed the game after playing it.)
If you're still not convinced of the games efficacy and want to be absolutely sure that the game is safe to install, please use a sandbox program first, to check that the game is safe to install before installing it to your C drive or other drives on your computer (assuming you have more than one drive).

Personally I've never had any issues with any of Falcoware's games, even when the Falcoware installer was included.

There are free sandbox programs such as Sanboxie, GeSWall, BitBox, Windows Sandbox, Bufferzone (a six month commercial license was given away via the applications side of the project back in December 2009 HERE), Shadowzone, as well as others. (You'll find them all on the same page from Techwhoop.
You can see the results of the installed games scan via the following link:
https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/d678caf247f2307885eb8262a8bdc135562e3def38d86c1defcbb674b47d4260?nocache=1

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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Won't allow the drawing of any more than two lines, tried numerous time then gave up and uninstalled. Pity as it has the potential to be a good game.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Andrew,

Hi Andrew, as I mentioned in my conclusion, ink is limited, so you have to be vey judicious in using it; drawing long lines with no breaks will soon exhaust the amount you have. using dashes instead on full lines works perfectly. If you look at the images I posted above you should see what i mean about drawing short lines with spaces in between.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#2

What a hoot! I'm loving this game and having a good time playing! The speed you have to react can get frustrating but I find myself laughing the entire time. I agree with everything WR-uk states, particularly about the level map. It would be nice to know how far you've gotten and how far you've yet to go. Also, it's disappointing that you cannot save the game and if you need to close it, you must start over from the beginning next time. Despite all that, it offers some challenging gameplay wrapped in some good silly fun and a few laughs and is very enjoyable to play.

To anyone on the fence, I'd suggest not writing it off until you try it.

Thank you to UniDen, GGOTD and WR-uk!

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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