In Railgrade we watch the action from a bird's eye view. During the game, our task is to develop transport infrastructure for the raw materials extracted on the planet and the goods produced there. Resources are transported by trains, and in order to keep things running smoothly and without downtime, we need to create supply chains that are as efficient and as efficient as possible by creating a network of rail routes.
The matter is not simple, because in Railgrade, the more developed our colony is, the more complicated the whole network becomes. In addition, the planet is full of terrain obstacles, which often require ingenuity to avoid. Over time, our colony begins to regain its former splendour; by investing in the development of cities, we provide ourselves with sources of additional profits.
In addition, in exchange for completing subsequent goals in Railgrade, we receive tokens with which we unlock new industries and various improvements. In addition, we should pay some attention to the trains themselves, which we can modify by choosing various locomotives and types of cargo. The game allows us to watch our creations up close, in a special movie view mode.
The most important gameplay variant of Railgrade is the campaign. The creators have prepared over fifty tasks to complete, including side missions. Railgrade provides us with various guidelines, although their common denominator is building railway connections. The point is to create the most efficient connections possible, e.g. decide whether to lay tracks between points A and B, or whether it is better to raise the bar and create a whole circuit that allows more trains to run between different objects.
The missions in Railgrade take us to many places: grassy plains, sun-scorched or icy deserts, etc. Each biome is a different kind of challenge. However, the maps themselves are not overly large. The sooner we implement the guidelines set before us, the better the note we will receive. For completing tasks, we also receive coupons (up to five per one board) that give us access to numerous benefits: building upgrades, music tracks, etc. The game, it is worth adding, has not implemented a micropayment system.
In each of the areas, you can earn up to five coupons - one of the most important currencies in the game - depending on how quickly you complete each objective. One such goal could be to attract a certain number of citizens to a nearby city by delivering goods to them.
Railgrade vouchers can then be redeemed in the shop, giving you upgrades for your buildings or new music tracks, for example. Speaking of the store: Only in-game currency is used here, real money is not used - with the exception of the approximately €18 purchase price of the game on the Epic Games Store.
CPU: Core i5 2.8 Ghz or better
RAM: 4 GB
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960, AMD Radeon R9 280, or equivalent DX11 GPU
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
HDD: 5 GB
Those who already have experience with construction games will quickly find their feet in Railgrade. From a bird's eye view, you construct a whole range of buildings and build production chains: An oil field? This is a good place for a pump whose products go to another power plant and are converted into energy.
To transport goods to their destination, you build a track between the respective buildings and construct stations near them. Then only one thing is missing: the train! You set the loco of your choice - there are several models to choose from with different strengths and weaknesses - quite unbureaucratically on the track, you add a few cars and the train goes up and down.
Of course, your infrastructure doesn't work for free. Maintenance costs are incurred at regular intervals that are offset against your income and then result in your profit. This is clearly visible on the left side of the screen.
However, the cost of living is more of a minor annoyance than a huge challenge. It's easy to always be in black, which is also due to the fact that there's only one difficulty level. However, if you run into money problems, you can borrow a few yen from the bank (remember - the developers are from Japan).