Tracks is a charming game, in which you can unleash your creativity and play with train sets without all the fuss of needing to put everything away again. I can tell you from the experience of having a 2-year-old, it gets messy!
There isn’t much in the way of tutorials with Tracks, which, while you might think that it’s just a train set game, how hard can it be? Well, personally I found it took me a while to have even the slightest clue what I was doing. That being said, once you’ve learned your way around the toy box, there is a lot of creative freedom and fun to be had.
Although I didn’t notice it at first, there are actually tons of customizations that can be done in Tracks, from the environment around you to the train itself, everything can be made to look exactly how you want them to.
There are also DLC’s for Tracks, which offer more in the way of customization. Some of these are free, while some are paid. Personally, I found the free DLC Suburban Pack to be the best of the current DLC’s.
You can of course completely customize the room in which you are building in too, but if you aren’t as creative, you can use one of the premade rooms, like the Christmas room pictured above.
Building in Tracks
Building your railroad and environment around the room is so much more enjoyable than I had anticipated. There are tons of items that can be laid down to help you build the perfect scenery.
Getting to grips with placing them took me some time, in some ways, it reminded me of Planet Zoo. Placing the items was a bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve mastered it, you can make something amazing.
As you can see from the picture above, it’s not just the room and track which can have items added to it. The entire room can be rebuilt from the ground up, making the scenery around you look like a country meadow or bustling city.
Tracks is a relaxing game, which somewhat accomplished its objective of taking me back to my childhood and enjoying myself without the need for complex missions or objectives.
While it took me a while to find my groove in Tracks, once I managed to, I found myself getting very creative and quite particular about how I build my rail tracks and scenery.
For me Tracks is one that I will return to every once in a while, when I just want some downtime, playing without needing to put too much thought into it. While that won’t dominate my main game time in any way, it will offer the much-needed distraction from more complex games, which I often enjoy.
If you are happy with a game that doesn’t offer complexity, does what it says on the tin, but can offer you a relaxing way to get creative, without the stressful grinds of some survival games, such as Valheim, then I highly recommend Tracks.