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It's really wonderful to see the fantasy play of model train sets captured so beautifully. This isn't a railroad simulator; the infrastructural problems are pretty much random, and the interest is much less strategic and more focused on opportunistic play with the new toys that the game gives you. This is a toy, and as a toy, it's stunning. The pixel art is really well put to use in a charming miniaturisation of fantasy scenarios and beautiful engines. It's like a model train set then, but unlike a model train set, this actively becomes part of your life, a moving living thing that you return to regularly to play with. I write about the energy mechanics in Pocket Trains in my forthcoming mini book Delay. Basically, the way the monetisation works is if you want to play for longer sessions you're going to want to spend money. If you play like a non-gamer -- in short bursts between other tasks -- you won't feel pushed into buying anything.