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Train Braining Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.


Train Braining is a puzzle game where you lay train track to then deliver passengers to their required platforms. While sounds simple, but due to the minimal passenger room on your train and the layout of each miniature level, the solution is rarely as straightforward as it first appears. It's an ingenious game that's unique and challenging, yet rewarding when you figure each of the puzzles out.

In each level, you are given a train with room for just two passengers. You lay track to define a path past each passenger, who then occupies any available carriage. If you then move past the station, they will depart. The challenge is to get all the passengers to the station. This, however, is complicated by the fact that the passengers in later levels are colour coordinated, only getting off at certain stations, adding an extra layer of complexity.

The layout of each level, too, increases the difficulty, with trees, platforms and passengers scattered in such a way as to make the journey you need to take increasingly complex with each passing level, of which there are 11 in total. You can undo as many goes as you want, or restart a level at any time if you need to, and each level is fairly small in scope, with there only ever being a few passengers total.

It's a fiendishly difficult puzzle game that, while simple to grasp, takes lots of outside-the-box thinking, experimentation and thinking to beat, in a challenging yet rewarding play experience. Train Braining is the original prototype for the game Cosmic Express, which contains more levels, much-improved graphics, and a gentler difficulty curve.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/03/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: 1




Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 2 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The simple challenge is good for slightly older children than it appears. The visuals belie a surprisingly complex challenge. That said, children who click with the idea will enjoy rising to the challenge that many adults will falter at.


Train Braining

Web Free
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. You can play for free on the Train Braining web page.


Our Train Braining Accessibility Report documents 22 accessibility features:
Although it's played on a web browser, you need a keyboard to play. You never need to quickly press buttons, and you can undo as many goes as you need.

You need to be able to tell apart the different colours of passengers (pink and blue) in order to complete most later levels.

Each level has a fixed start point and a fixed end point, that you must connect your built track to, giving some level of guidance as to how to approach each level.

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