Summary: I bought this for my 6 year old grandson who LOVES trains. It is way too complicated- my son in law who plays video games pften had a very hard time with it. Not for a young kid. Very disappointed.
Summary: My husband has been sitting here playing this game, even currently, as i write this. His own words "I like it-a lot!" He is and his father are railroad enthusiasts with their own layouts, and assortment of model trains. I think this game is not geared towards action gamers and more towards thinker type gamers. He just informed me the tutorial is really cool and it covers everything from controls to how to build cities,move cargo and create strategy.
Summary: My 8 year old son got this for Christmas and can't put it down. Mostly, he just like to put it in sandbox mode and build elaborate tracks with lots of different trains. True, the graphics could be better, IMHO, but I haven't heard any complaints from him. If you have a child that likes to build things and likes trains, I'd recommend this. It's a thinking game, though, and not really for the "shoot-em-up" or racing crowd.
Summary: While the graphics aren't much to look at and the learning curve for how to play is a bit steep, I found this game to be a much deeper strategy/simulation than it first appears. The simulation not only includes researching higher tech trains, but also upgrading cities, choosing city specialties, and planning specific train routes with multiple steps of cargo chains (ie. trees into lumber into furniture).
Summary: When this product came out I HAD to have it. Since I have always been a great railroad enthusiast I was excited to see a 'train' game come out for the DS. When I finally got it in the mail I stuck it in the DS, read the instructions and then turned on the DS. The opening sequence was great. There was a really sharp, clear video of a train going by and I thought, (erroneously) that the game would look like this during game play. NOT! Big, sad disappointmen.
Summary: If you say it has bad reviews because not many people like trains, your wrong! You can barely even see the trains . It has game boy color ( which is the first game boy with color.)graphics. You have very limited amount of track . I wouldn't buy this if I were you.