Train Simulator 2017
Train Simulator 2017 is like virtual tourism
This is a free game to play with no charge for either downloading it or continuing to use it after an initial free period of gaming. Despite being free, it is a very professionally put together train driving simulation game.
This game is for Windows users only. It has been tested to be free from viruses so PC users can download it with complete confidence.
It is not possible to change the controls in the game. However, this is not a particular problem because the controls are very simple in the first place. Essentially, all you need to do is to adjust the train's throttle and brake with a pair of sliders.
There is no browser option for players to take advantage of. You will have to download the game in order to be able to play it on your computer, but it doesn't take long to do so with a good broadband connection.
There are a number of YouTube videos of the simulator that other players have uploaded which explain its basic functions, but no official ones by the developers are available to view.
With excellent graphics for a free game, this train simulator is offered with some very well drawn three dimensional countryside and trains. You can see the gauge of the tracks narrowing into the distance as you proceed.
The game puts you in the position of driving a train which you can view from inside the cab or the outside, as preferred. Starting out from the home station, you must proceed on a set route observing the speed limit to a station where you will pick up and drop off passengers. This continues until you reach the terminus station.
The game uses quite an advanced three dimensional graphical engine so it does take up quite a lot of room for relatively simple gameplay. Your device will need 42.7 megabytes of free space on your hard drive to fully download and install.
There are a variety of levels in the game which the developers prefer to call missions. Each mission is relatively similar, however. You must drive a passenger train to a list of stations within the given time limit to ensure a prompt service is offered to all of the line's passengers.
At any point during a mission, players are able to press F1 which will open up the help window for advice and tips. Newcomers may find this useful but the game is easy to get the hang of so you won't need it for long.