Unrailed Review

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Posted: 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Unrailed! is a co-op strategy game where you work with friends to build a train line across endless landscapes. Along with finding the resources to build track, bridges and tunnels you need to deal with local inhabitants, upgrade your train, and watch out for dangers. Each player must choose one tool and role and then work together to win.

With blocky graphics, it looks simple, but your team has to pay attention to gather the right resources, craft tracks and extend your railroad to prevent your train from running out of line. Because there is only one tool of each type, co-operation and co-ordination is essential.

As you proceed you can upgrade your train with faster atomic engine, a quicker crafting wagon or even attach a supercharger or other performance enhancing buffs. Add to this the dynamic weather system & day and night cycle, wide range of landscapes and you have a great multiplayer game for the family.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy.

Developer: @IndoorAstronaut

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 1 minute and 15 minutes to play a round of this game. Each level can be over quickly if you fail to build the track. If you do well it will last longer and the later levels up the complexity.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. Play cooperatively with up to four players in a single team or challenge the co-op skills of your friends in a two versus two game.

CostsCosts

You can try this game in a free demo. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Demo is available on Nintendo Switch.

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 3

ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Along with selecting difficulty, the sandbox game mode offers pressure free play. Although the text is generally clear the head up display text is quite small.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Cognitive Pressure

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Assistance

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

Communication

How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Preset Chat: Communicate with other players with word-less icons, sounds or preset phrases.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


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