[Nintendo Switch] Railbound Review
Railbound from 7Levels and Afterburn is a chill puzzle game about a pair of anthropomorphic dogs on a journey with trains. Learn more in our Railbound review!
Railbound from 7Levels and Afterburn is a chill puzzle game about a pair of anthropomorphic dogs on a journey with trains. Your job will be to connect, twist, and sever railways in 170 levels as you reroute connections so that the carriages arrive in the right order so that the locomotive can take them to the right location. The indie studio previously gave us chill puzzle game inbento, in which you will be making colorful bento boxes, as well as Golf Peaks, a chill arcade-style mini-golf experience. Notice a theme?
Thanks to the game being on Nintendo Switch, you can play Railbound either with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con or by using the console’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or if you’re taking this one for a spin on a Nintendo Switch Lite. As soon as you boot up the game, you’ll be taken to the first level in the game, which will act as the start of a short tutorial that will teach you all of the basics so that you can get your groove on.
When playing this one with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, you’ll use the left analog stick or the D-Pad to move a cursor around the screen as you press the A button to draw the railways that are missing to get the carts from Point a to Point B. You can also press the X button to remove railways as needed. Once you think you’ve got the solution, you can press the Y button to test it. While this is happening, you can press the X button to slow things down or press the A button to speed it up.
For some levels, you’ll have to change some elements to be able to solve the puzzle. A railway might be pointed in the wrong direction by way of the connecting tracks, so you’ll have to hover over them and press the A button to change them. You can’t just build as many tracks as you want since you have a finite number of resources for each level. This is why you need to pay attention to a level’s layout so that you can remove any pieces that are not needed so that you can then use them to your advantage.
This is easier to do in the main levels of each of the nine sections in which the game’s content is split since the difficulty ramps up at a slow but steady pace as new elements – and more carts! – are introduced. But if you feel that you could take on a more challenging experience, you can dive into the special levels that you unlock along the way, which are conveniently marked with a letter. You’ll notice them in each area as, say, 1-11A or 4-8B.
Railbound is a fun and chill puzzle game in which you’ll be working on solving 170 puzzles as you try to get the carts lined up in order as they reach the locomotive. It’s a game you can play at your own pace as you learn how to make the most of tunnels of different colors or of switches that will lift or lower barriers or change the direction of rail tracks as cars pass over them. The game makes good use of the HD Rumble in the Joy-Con, and there’s also a colorblind option that will add tags to the different elements in each level to solve a puzzle, along with a hint system that you can also activate a hint system. And yes, you can pet the dogs! Railbound is out on Nintendo Switch with a $12.99 asking price.
This Railbound review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by 7Levels.