As you're waiting for Tiny Rails to install and update, let's talk about the last few months at Tiny Titan Studios and everything that's gone into the Steam release.
As producer Glenn Stanway says, "it's quite simple to get the mobile version of Tiny Rails to run on Steam, but that's not enough." We knew from the outset that adding playable content that engaged the end user was paramount for Tiny Rails to see success on Steam. Let's face it: the way we play mobile games is different than the way we play desktop or console games. That raises a bigger question: How do you transform a happy casual sim game that's a bit passive by design into something more active that always asks a player to do something without changing the core mechanics?
The Tiny Rails team filled the boardroom at Tiny Titan Studios and that was the big question hanging in the air. Lots of suggestions came from every chair in the room and when the conversation ended, the white board had a massive list of ideas that were entirely new, or only partially conceived. The core of these ideas were: cleaning and durability responsibilities to ensure the train stays at top speed, the ability to adjust passenger tickets, a revamped train unlocking mechanism tethered to the upgrade paths and an improved tutorial experience.
We also added fun little things like a Deed that allowed you name your train company, an expanded map, new secrets to discover, a cute hand to act as the player's cursor, and passenger interactions via dialogue while traveling. The core heart of Tiny Rails is definitely the same as the original mobile iteration, but the Steam version is quite simply an entirely new experience. You must try it to understand it.
A lot of our loyal mobile players have been asking any of those features will find their way to their preferred platform and the answer is "yes." We will always look to share as many features as we can on each platform within technical limitations and user experience. Sometimes a new feature will only be on mobile and sometimes it will on be on Steam but the bottomline is that Tiny Rails has two new homes and two great ways to enjoy the game.
Do us a favor: go check out Tiny Rails today on Steam, leave us a review and keep helping us create the content that you guys love. These rails won't stop for a while!