I don’t think I’ve ever played with a toy train set in my life. However, some people really love trains. It’s a peaceful and sometimes even complex passtime. So the developers from Sumalab decided that they want to create their first VR title and that it definitely should be about trains.
TrainerVR is a physics-based VR train track construction game. Pretty much like in real life, you can create simple tracks and build them out into elaborate railroads that stretch as far as you’d like – seeing as there are no walls blocking your way. Plus there’s no cleanup and redoing a part of the track is a piece of cake in virtual reality. The pieces in the game are modeled after wooden train tracks and snap into each other too, which gives an authentic feel to the game.
Check out the trailer below:
Besides the tracks, and obviously the trains, TrainerVR also has model bridges, tunnels, cars, stations, track switches, trees, and more. Well, basically any accessories you would expect a model train track to have. So you can go wild and build a complex network of intersecting and looping railroads that connect towns and even cities. The possibilities for creativity are much wider in TrainerVR than in your living room. Well, within the spectrum of Newton’s Laws at least. Then you can place as many trains on the tracks as you want and set them on their way. Of course crashes are usually to be avoided, but I’m thinking it could be fun to orchestrate one just to see what happens. Either way, you’ll be in charge as the train traffic controller. Now this sounds like something that someone like Sheldon from Big Bang Theory would get ecstatic about.
To be honest, the game looks like it could use some polish. Since the background is simple white tiles and the degree of interaction with the trains is limited to what you can do in real life. But the game should still be a welcome experience to any who wish to relive their childhood memories and those who are curious about train models.
TrainerVR supports both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets, and is available on Steam now for $14.99. The game also has a launch discount of 30%, which puts the price at $10.49 until December 30. All aboard!