Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Incredible Express from Chillingo hits the iPad as an all-new train adventure. This game is a great fit for players who love the farm and tycoon game genre. Incredible Express mixes together the perfect blend of these two genres to create a fun and new experience that provides several hours of entertainment.
Throughout the game, players follow the story of Maria, a young entrepreneur with ambitions goals to start a profitable train company. Some doubt that her old, beat-up engine can accomplish such goals, but her ambition and hard work pays off as she proves herself as a trusted shipping expert. In order to help Maria build her business, players must build new tracks and pick up cargo from various business owners and deliver the goods back to town to be sold. Each level has a set number of items that must be picked up from the townspeople and delivered back to town. Tasks start off as simple as picking up corn from the local farmer to having items flown in by plane and delivering them to manufacturers to make burgers and even sushi. The tasks and gameplay are very similar to Farm Frenzy, which admittedly has been one of my guilty pleasures. Fans of this game and others like it are sure to find a comfortable home with Incredible Express.
As players advance through the game, money is earned to purchase upgrades such as new engines that can haul additional carts. As more and more tasks are completed, the gameplay progressively gets more difficult. I built up some confidence in early levels, but was quickly humbled as levels tested my wits by making the goals more difficult with shorter time constraints. I really had to prioritize and learn how the tracks worked in order to play efficiently to accomplish the goals.
The controls are simple and are what is to be expected from any game in this genre. The entire game can be played using only one finger. The graphics and music are also what anyone would expect. They aren’t anything spectacular by any means, but I do think they fit well and combine together to make a friendly environment.
My overall impressions of this game are good and I would recommend it to anyone who loves farm/tycoon games. Its over 80 challenging levels kept me on my toes as I tried to accomplished the goals within the time limits. While the concept and gameplay of Incredible Express aren't new or revolutionary, I find it to be a great hybrid of game elements that players have come to love.