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Monday, December 15, 2014

Train Station

 
Someone should just shoot me now. The Facebook Train Station game is THE most fun game ever. It's model railroading in a virtual world. You run your trains, earn money from passengers, mail, and cargo. You can fill contracts and send trains to other friends who are playing (through Facebook).

When I started keeping track of my progress at level 7, I sort of knew what I was doing. Before that it was just random "figure it out." Here was my town at the end of level 7.

Train Station Game

Here it is at the end of level 16 (it had just flipped to 17, but I hadn't done anything yet) with my newest locomotive in the station. I've added a street, and a railroad track, and a lot of buildings. I know it's small, but I hope you can see that! I've completed my first International Contract, which was hard to figure out, but fun now that I know how to do it.

Train Station Game

Of my Facebook friends who play the game, only one is really active. He's at (are you ready?) level 187! Today he sent me an International Train with a gift of a whole lot of virtual coins, via the Queensland Express. Here it is in my station. Is this not awesome?!

Train Station Game

These are games that you can play completely without spending any real money, or you can actually purchase some things. I think I'm going to spend $7 tonight to get some gems (on sale) to use in the game. After all, I might spend $7 on gas or a movie or any number of things that wouldn't provide me as much fun as this game has already. And there's a locomotive I want that's only available for 11 more hours. I will then own seven trains!

My next goal is to acquire a second International Slot so I can do contracts and interact with my friends. Hopefully someone else will decide to play or one of the dormant players will get involved again. Any readers here still play with trains?

Well, I spent pretty much all of yesterday after church playing this game. Today, I managed to accomplish a number of things by using the following strategy. There are many destinations where you can send your trains. Some close, some far, some REALLY far. So, I said, "I have to work for two hours. No playing during that time." And I sent my trains far away, so they would not even need attention during that time. Sometimes you get surprise express trains with rewards, but I could hear the train approach the station, so I could just quickly click and unload them and then get back to work.

If I can train myself to play AND work I'm going to enjoy this game for a long time. There are hundreds of levels.

I may emerge in a week or so and hate myself, but I'm having so much fun right now...

If you want to see more pictures- of other destinations, and my friend's station on level 187, go to Train Station Facebook Game- My New Obsession

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3 comments:

Secondary Roads said...

It certainly looks like fun. I used to play Roller Coaster Tycoon and that was a lot of fun.

Ann Thompson said...

I try to stay away from games like that because I get too wrapped up in them and nothing else ever gets done :)
As long as you're having fun with it that's all that matters

Tony Payne said...

These games are addictive Joan aren't they. The good thing though is that you can go on vacation and come back and the game is still there.

Well I'm no longer on level 187, almost at 189 now! Happy to keep sending trains so you can upgrade. Must see if I can find time to write some tips. Maybe you would be in a good position to do that as well, having found out the hard way I am sure about some features of the game that aren't too obvious.

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