Manual

Game Narrative

Objective

Storyline

When you were young you played with toy trains. You like to operate a railway and the trains. You played and raced with the trains, alone and with friends. One of the friends you played with was Eddy, from a richer family. Eddy wanted to be the real train master, so every kid comes to him, but you challenge him. You compete with Eddy's train sets until all the houses in your neighbourhood are defended.

Twenty or so years later you wake up. Toys are for kids to play with. You loved the trains but now you're grown up. Trains are no toys but need to be exact models. There's no fun any more only reality.

Set out to re-experience your childhood passion, but now with a house and a grown-up life, you play with big toy trains in and around the house. You love to be in control of this own environment and be a chief commanding your train. Now YOU are the boss and wield the commands. But for some reason trains are disappearing, railtrack is taken away, and fun is drawn from the toys to turn them into static models and historic memories. You enter a quest for what and who is behind this evil dark power.

Oh no! It's Eddy. All realistic model trains are stamped with Eddy's signature. Part by part, you free the geographic locations from Eddy's influence. Until you beat the last one, and need to face Eddy at his Empire Office and factory. After shutting down the factory lines, you enter the inner sanctum of the Boss Office.

When you've finally beaten Eddy, he'll stand down and is taken by the autorities. But after they take the lift back down… Eddy exits at a hidden basement floor and escapes again.

Background

TODO

Locations

Drive your model train in the most crazy locations!

Your home base.

Other people's places.

Factory/office.

Future space.

Good old times.

Characters

Eddy, the rich kid on the block who wants to have all kids play at his house and not at someone else's. He starts as a friend playing with you, but you'll notice that outside your house other kids' houses become blocked. In the end you'll have to beat him to free the neighbourhood. Eddy cheats of course. And when you do, he'll be friends again… but for some reason the house where he lives goes on sale and he moves and you lose track of eachother.

Eddy, years later, has grown up. Toy trains are no more and should be no more. There is only reality and exact true models. Eddy is set out to erate all working toy trains and replace them by static models. You don't know at first but you'll get to learn during the story that Eddy is behind this all. Eddy still cheats of course.

Game modes

There are 3 game modes, that let you experience different time and difficulty settings of the game:

  1. Toddler (free to play)

    Simple train stories and puzzle that educate your child. The levels are played optionally in co-operation with a supervising adult. Driving around, counting, associating etc. Controls are super-easy, no derailings.

  2. Teen (paid version)

    More complex, challenging puzzles. Teaches basics of railroading and stimulates creativity. Playing with or against friends. Occassional winning of new train sets. Controls are intermediate.

  3. Adult (paid version + in app purchases)

    Now you are the adult. When you were a child you played with trains, but now life has kicked in. You're getting back to the dream of having a full scale train system around your house. You'll meet friends from the past. It's serious, but also fun and exciting. Controls and operation is difficult.

    Ability to purchase and/or publish new locomotives, wagons and tracks (custom level).

You can complete the game at any modus, but that will only complete that modus.

Screen

Gameplay

Elements on the screen

The screen layout during gameplay can be divided into 9 sections:

Screen elements
  • Money

    Shows your current money balance. You earn money by completing objectives, moving around passengers and transporting goods. Locomotive upgrades, emergency fueling, damage repairs and signal violation penalties may cost you money. On level completion, you take your money balance to the next level. Pay attention to this money balance! When you reach 0 then you're GAME OVER.

  • Objectives

    Lists the objectives for your current mission. There can be up to 5 objectives in a mission. Most missions have 2 or 3 objectives to complete. Succeeded objectives turn green color, while failed objectives turn red color.

  • Locomotive locator

    Points the location of your and other locomotives relative to your current view.

  • Locomotive health

    Shows the health and armor bar for your locomotive when in first person perspective.

  • Score

    Shows your score for this level. You earn score points for transporting goods, meeting objectives and moving around passengers. A score is only valid for the current level. With this score you may compete for a high score position in the leaderboards.

  • Time

    Shows the level play time. With this time you may compete for a fastest time position in the leaderboards. Certain levels require you to stop at specific stations at specific target times. For that you need to keep a close eye on this clock.

  • Messages

    Information about relevant events for the player happening in this level.

  • Controls

    Show an optional button bar with input controls to click on. Handy for point-and-click input devices. Short-cut keyboard keys and gamepad buttons are shown on the button as well. You can play the game with any input method you desire at any time: touch, keyboard, mouse or gamepad.

  • Fuel levels

    Shows the different fuel levels of your current locomotive. Depending on the controlled locomotive, one or more bars might extend to the right. When the fuel level is empty, a full black bar is visible for that fuel type. Take careful note on the fuel level: when a required fuel level reaches 0, your locomotive stops and you may need to buy emergency fuel or have GAME OVER. Some locomotive engines consume multiple fuel types at once (e.g. a steam powered locomotive uses both burning fuel like coal or wood, as well as cooling water).

    Yellow
    Battery level for electricity powered locomotives
    Gray
    Oil level for diesel powered locomotives
    White
    Coal level for steam powered locomotives
    Brown
    Wood level for steam powered locomotives
    Blue
    Water level for steam powered locomotives
  • Speed gauge

    Shows your locomotive's speed in centimeter per second. Be carefull! When you drive too fast in curved track, you might derail. When you push your engine too far for too long, you'll damage your locomotive by overload.

    Gray
    Your locomotive has stopped.
    White
    Your locomotive has normal speed.
    Yellow
    Your locomotive has high speed. You might derail on curved track.
    Orange
    Your locomotive has too high speed. Your engine might get overloaded.
    Red (flashing)
    Your locomotive has been overloaded or is violating a speed limit / guard signal.
    Green (flashing)
    Your locomotive is obeying a track section speed limit / guard signal.
  • Banner

    Just a banner containing the GeekTrains® name and website. Click on the banner abort the level and to return to the website.

  • Feedback button

    A button to send your feedback to the developer of this game. Use this button when somehow you get stuck in a level (where you shouldn't) or have a suggestion for improvement. We love to hear from you!

Controls

Methods

Actions

Default controls
GamepadGamepadKeyboardAction
A A (green button) Q key Accelerate (consumes fuel)
B B (red button) A key Brake / reverse
B + B + Left/Right Button   key Handbrake / emergency stop (damages vehicle when driving too fast)
X X (blue button) H key Sound horn (repeat to create music score)
X + X + Left/Right Button H key + Left/Right Shift key Activate/deactive flashlights
Y Y (yellow button) C key Change camera: look at train, follow train, orbit scene, board train (VR), move around freely
Y + Y + Left/Right Button   key Open/close passenger/cargo doors (if any) or tip tipper
Start (menu) S key Switch next point in driving direction
Back (view) D key Decouple last wagon (or release cargo for crane mode)
Left/Right Trigger Space Fire (traverses connected wagons until a shot is fired)
Left Stick 6 (up), U (right), Y (down) and T (left) keys Rotate/move mobile crane (if any)
Right Stick 9 (up), P (right), O (down) and I (left) keys Rotate/move mobile crane (if any)

Furthermore, mouse/touch swipes and the arrow keys may be used to adjust the camera/view.

Locomotives

Fuel types

Fuel types
TypeUsed byNotes
Power Fuel
Electricity (Yellow)
Battery power operated vehicles Batteries have long endurance and slow exhaustion rate. A long distance can be travelled with a single fully charged battery. This fuel type can be charged while driving (e.g. via overhead power catenaries). However charging a battery takes some time, rendering your locomotive stationary for precious time. Where possible try to replace the drained batteries with already fully charged ons at a charging swap station. Note that some wagons consume power as well to be operated (like the disco ball wagon). And coupling with a the battery car doubles your battery capacity!
Oil Fuel
Oil (Gray)
Diesel engine operated vehicles Oil can be fueled relatively quickly at fueling stations. Diesel engines have an above average endurance and normal exhaustion rate. When your locomotive is coupled with wagons loaded with oil barrels or tanks, those barrels may be consumed as fuel giving your locomotive an extra range. But for that you need to stop your train first.
Coal Fuel
Coal (White)
Steam engine operated vehicles Coal is fueled at medium rate at coaling stations. Steam powered engines love coal because it burns very efficiently. When you couple with a wagon loaded with coal (like a tender wagon), your effective range increases as this additional coal can be consumed while driving.
Wood Fuel
Wood (Brown)
Steam engine operated vehicles Wood is fueled at medium rate at wood or timber stations. Steam powered engines burn up wood quite quickly, though. When you couple with a wagon loaded with wood (like a tender wagon), your effective range increases as this additional wood can be consumed while driving.
Water Fuel
Water (Blue)
Steam engine operated vehicles Any steam engine needs water to operate. Without water the engine will overheat fast and explode. Water can be fueled quite quickly just like diesel. Water can be used from coupled wagons filled with water (like a tender or tank wagon). Note that some wagons use water as well, such as the fire extinguisher wagon.

Locomotive upgrades

Speed
Improves transmission by 5% and lowers air resistance by 5% (for effective higher top speed). Virtual train store price: €50,- per point.
Health
Adds 5% to 10% more to max health points. Virtual train store price: €40,- per point.
Motor power
Improves motor power (for effective higher acceleration speed). Virtual train store price: €50,- per point.
Armor
Adds armor protection, and if already armored improves armor level. Armor helps take certain damage first from armor, before the health will be reduced. Virtual train store price: €60,- per point.
Weight
Adds more mass to the locomotive. More mass gives the locomotive more stamina and better positioning on the rails. Leading to less derailing and better chance to push other locomotives. However, the acceleration declines so more motor power is required to keep the same acceleration speed. Virtual train store price: €30,- per point.
Fuel
Adds 5% to 20% more capacity to all fuel tanks. Virtual train store price: €80,- per point.

Locomotive types

Small Steam Locomotive
Small Steam Locomotive

Small Steam Locomotive

A nice Small Steam Locomotive for use on yard and medium distances. Upgradeable with Cow Catcher or Snow Shovel.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionSteam (coal & water)
Top SpeedMedium
AccelerationMedium
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€100,-
Large Steam Locomotive
Large Steam Locomotive

Large Steam Locomotive

A real powerhouse steam engine that pulls lengthy trains for very long distances. Upgradeable with Cow Catcher or Snow Spike.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionSteam (coal & water)
Top SpeedMedium
AccelerationSlow
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€300,-
Western Steam Locomotive
Western Steam Locomotive

Western Steam Locomotive

An impressive steam engine from the Wild West that can go medium distances. Upgradeable with Jet Engine.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionSteam (coal/wood & water)
Top SpeedMedium (upgradeable to Fast)
AccelerationSlow
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€250,-
Small Diesel Shunter
Small Diesel shunter

Small Diesel Shunter

The ideal locomotive for shunter and yard work, and medium freight distances. Fastests in forward direction, slower in reverse direction. Upgradeable with Crane and Snow Shovel.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionDiesel
Top SpeedMedium
AccelerationMedium
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€150,-
Diesel Shunter
Diesel Shunter

Diesel Shunter

The enhanced, more powerful version of the small diesel shunter. The top speed and acceleration is the same in either direction. Upgradeable with Snow Plough and Catenary Pickup.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionDiesel (upgradeable to electric)
Top SpeedMedium
AccelerationMedium
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€200,-
Work Locomotive
Work Locomotive

Work Locomotive

Your best mate for road and rail repairs and yard work. Standard equiped with a crane and a bin. Also repairs other vehicles.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionDiesel
Top SpeedSlow
AccelerationFast
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€250,-
Small Electric Shunter
Small Electric shunter

Small Electric Shunter

The ideal locomotive for shunter and yard work, and medium freight distances.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionElectric
Top SpeedMedium
AccelerationFast
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€200,-
Electric Locomotive
Electric Locomotive

Electric Locomotive

A strong workhorse pulling lengthy trains with ease. Double-head to upgrade performance.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionElectric
Top SpeedFast (upgradeable to Very Fast)
AccelerationMedium (upgradeable to Fast)
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€300,-
Rapid City Express
Rapid City Express

Rapid City (RC) Express

The comfortable passenger train for between villages and cities.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionElectric
Top SpeedMedium
AccelerationFast
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€150,-
 

High Speed Locomotive

This passenger train rapidly transports passengers beyond country borders.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionElectric
Top SpeedFast (upgradeable to Very Fast)
AccelerationMedium
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€250,-
 

City Street Tram

Often seen on the streets next to cars and busses.

Locomotive Properties
PropertyValue
TractionElectric
Top SpeedSlow
AccelerationFast
Weight? kilogram
Pulls? wagon(s)
Virtual train store price€125,-

Wagon types

Intermodal Container wagon

A 'naked' frame wagon with a container attachment system on it.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesIntermodal Containers
Frame LengthNormal
Flat bed wagon

A simple, flat bed wagon.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesMostly: containers
Frame LengthNormal
Low board wagon

A flat bed open wagon with low boards on each side.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesGeneral Fixed Large Outdoor Goods, Containers (small, medium and large)
Frame LengthNormal
High gondola wagon

A flat bed open wagon with high boards on each side and doors on the left and right side.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesGeneral Outdoor Goods
Frame LengthNormal
Stanchions wagon

A flat bed open wagon with stanchions on the sides and a low board on the front and back.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesPipes, Tree Logs
Frame LengthNormal
Missile Launcher wagon

A flat bed open wagon with a USB Missile Launcher installed on it and a rocket rack on each side.

The USB Missile Launcher can be operated for manual targeting. With the proper upgrades, the USB Missile Launcher will also be able to operate on its own.

Rockets travel in a linear forward fashion. Missiles have on board guidance systems and can be locked onto a (moving) target.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesRockets & Missiles
WeaponRockets and/or Missiles
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesVery effective on medium and long range distance (moving) ground and air targets
DrawbacksLow ammo supply
UpgradesAdditional Rocket Rack (more ammo capacity), Radar (auto-aiming & firing), Powersource (operatable even when decoupled)
Mini Disco Party Fun Light wagon

A flat bed open wagon with a Mini Disco Party Fun Light installed on it.

Comes in one of these 3 build-up variants:

  1. Disco Ball

    Has 180 Degree non-aimable Coloured Disco Light Blinding Rays in horizontal, diagonal and vertical direction.

  2. Mirror Ball

    Has 3 Lights that can be aimed through the mirror ballwith more precision at a target in horizontal and diagonal direction.

  3. Flash Light (with Siren)

    2 Big Flash Lights that create a powerfull beam only in horizontal direction.

Requires an electric power source to be actively operated.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
RequiresElectric power source
WeaponDisco light blinding ray
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesFull 180 Degree close range spherical weapon
DrawbacksRequires electric powersource
Jack's Balls in a Toy Box wagon

A flat bed open wagon equiped with 3 Jack-in-a-Box spring-operated ball launching devices.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesTennis­balls and/or Base­balls
WeaponJack-in-a-Box (spring coil)
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesVery effective on low and medium range distance air targets flying right above the wagon
DrawbacksLow ammo supply
UpgradesStronger Coil (more distance), Baseballs (more damage)
Magic Bubble Blower wagon

A flat bed open wagon with a Bubble Blower installed on it.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesWater, Soap
RequiresWater, Soap
WeaponBubble blower
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesAbility to create a temporary dangerous soap bubble curtain
DrawbackLittle control over location/direction of bubbles except initial burst speed
Western Gatling Pellet Gun wagon

A low board wagon with a Western Gatling Pellet Gun installed on it.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesGatling Gun, Pellet Ammo Box
WeaponGatling Pellet Gun
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesHigh maximum firing rate and high velocity pellet shooting
DrawbackIt takes some time before the gun is at maximum firing rate
Midieval Marble Cannon wagon

A low board wagon with a Midieval Marble Gun installed on it.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
Carries2 Wheeled Marble Cannons, Marble Ammo Box
Weapon2 Marble Cannons
RequiresMarbles
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesTwo rotatable and transportable cannons with heavy marble balls
DrawbackSlow firing rate, low ammo
UpgradesSwap Marble Cannons for Tooth Pick Stick Ballista's
Radio Jam and Remote Control wagon

A low board wagon with a small control house and a large radio jamming/remote control device.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesRadio Jam/Remote Control device, Transformer Power Unit
WeaponRadio Jam/Remote Control device
RequiresElectricity
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesIn Radio Jam mode, disables opponent RC-units to process new commands; in Radio Control mode, can give orders to the controlled enemy units
DrawbackThe device/wagon receives damage when multiple units are jammed or controlled simultaneously
Explosives wagon

An armed box car wagon with a breakers house loaded with explosives.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesExplosives (TNT, Barrels, Gas Tanks)
WeaponIgniter
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesThe more explosives you load, the bigger the devastating radial explosion
DrawbackBecomes unusable after firing, damages nearby friendly wagons/locomotives
SciFi Ray Phaser Gun wagon

An armed container car wagon with an deployable SciFi Ray Phaser Gun.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesSciFi Ray Phaser Gun
WeaponSciFi Ray Phaser Gun
RequiresElectricity
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesThe SciFi Ray Phaser Gun is very accurate in (straight line) firing
DrawbackThe Ray Phaser Gun is slow to unfold/fold and rotate, and is easily destroyed when active and consumes a lot of power when firing
Nostalgic Passenger wagon

A classic passenger wagon, default 3rd class travelling.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesPassengers
Frame LengthNormal
UpgradesTo 2nd or 1st class seats (more profit), prison window fence and prison guard house ("criminal coach")
Passenger wagon

A passenger wagon with more seats than the classic passenger wagon and gate doors.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesPassengers
Frame LengthNormal
UpgradesTo 1st class seats (more profit), or adult special edition "the shag wag"
AdvantagesThe gate doors allow for boarding/unboarding at another connected wagon
Panorama wagon

A modern passenger wagon with panorama view and gate doors.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesPassengers
Frame LengthLong
UpgradesTo 1st class seats (more profit)
AdvantagesThe gate doors allow for boarding/unboarding at another connected wagon
Cattle / Life stock wagon

A covered life stock wagon with sliding doors on each side.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesCattle
Frame LengthNormal
ModelsAlso available in western style model
Box car goods wagon

A covered box car goods wagon with sliding doors on each side and a braker's house.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesIndoor goods
Frame LengthNormal
ModelsAlso available in enlarged western style warehousing model
Tank wagon

A tank wagon.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesLiquids ((soap)water, oil/diesel, soda/juice, chemical waste)
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesAny carried liquids can be consumed by the train itself too (e.g. locomotive fuel)
UpgradesUpgradeable with water spray gun equiped braker's house
Pressure tank wagon

A wagon with 3 pressure (gas) tanks.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesGas
Frame LengthNormal
DrawbackExplodes on destruction, causing damage to nearby wagons
Toaster wagon

A wagon with a toaster.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesToaster, Bread Slices
WeaponToaster
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesThrows flaming toasted bread slices up in the air
DrawbackIt takes 5 seconds to toast the bread before it comes out the toaster
Cup cake catapult wagon

A wagon with a cup cake catapult.

Wagon Properties
PropertyValue
CarriesCatapult, Cup cakes
WeaponCatapult
Frame LengthNormal
AdvantagesThrown cup cakes stick to walls and then slide down
DrawbackLow ammo

Railway obstacles

The railroads are created from track. Some parts of the track have a special operation.

Collectables

You can collect these items for points and other goodies:

When you've collected a thousand (1,000) points, you get a free extra life.

Goods

With your train you can transport the following goods to earn money and score points:

Goods
GoodProduced/offered atWanted/requested atRemarks
Apple / Pear / Pine AppleTrees
BarrelOil factory, Chemical plantRefineryExplosive when filled with oil or chemical waste
Food & DrinksKitchenDining table
Cable Drumreel
CoalMineCoal Feuling Station
ContainerAvailable in various sizes, stores other goods
Hay baleFarm
GirderConstruction site
Stones
Milk CanCow FarmFood Markt
Missile/rocketWar FactoryCan be stored in a rocket rack
PalletStores other goods (like barrels)
PipeConstruction site
Round BagStone crusher
SandSanding TowerConstruction site
Wheat BagFarmWind MillBag may contain coffee beans, chocolate beans, rice, grain, etc.
LumberForestSaw Mill
CattleFarmMarket
OilOil Refinery
WaterWater TowerFirefighter HQ
Gas

Structures

The following structures you will see alongside the tracks:

Crane hooks

Some cranes support changing of the hook. With the proper hook you can lift your cargo from train to terminal and vice versa. You may come acros these hooks:

Friendly and enemy units

The following units you may encounter while driving around the tracks with your locomotive:

Toy figures

The following toy figures may be of use for your train adventures. You can recognize the type of toy figure by their clothing appearance and face.