Trainz Driver (universal, HD version available) is a hardcore train railroad simulation developed by N3V Games Pty Ltd. If players usually like simulation games like X-planes or the PC Trainz franchise, then they will definitely love playing Trainz Driver.
The game is about controlling different trains across a variety of surroundings located in realistic terrains. A free roam mode permits conducting at one’s leisure, while a mission-oriented arcade mode makes the game a little more challenging by creating multiple scenarios that test the gamers’ skills.
One interesting aspect of Driverz is the ability to change the camera, either a first-person view from the front, or a dynamic overhead camera view. The backgrounds outside of cities are fairly non-descript, however, so the scenery isn’t going to be as breathtaking as it would be in reali life.
One of the best things about Trainz Driver is that one can be in the cab of a variety of locomotives from around the world. Along with this its controls have two categories. Players can choose from the Easy Mode speed controls, or the more advanced Realistic Mode control system.
Something worth noting: Realistic Mode isn’t made for the casual train fan, or fan of racing games. There are many technical aspects to driving one of the game’s trains, and that mode certainly lends itself to being a serious simulation, rather than the more open, casual type of gameplay found in Easy mode.
There might be readers wondering what makes this handheld version different than its PC or iPad counterparts. Surveyor mode isn’t included, but there is a huge amount of user-created content players can either download for free, or pay to experience some of the fancier set-ups.
Hundreds of user-created routes are already available, free to download. If users have the iPad version of Trainz, players can use the creation tools on the bigger screen, and upload a finished track for portable training on the go.
With a new user interface, controls, and a mix of realistic routes and arcade style sessions, this new universal version of Driver feels like something new. The visuals are a bit dated – as is the sound – but anyone looking for a train simulator on their iOS device is going to finally have something worth with Trainz Driver.