Lionel Trains on Track
has caught my interest for some time. Finally, there has been some information released. I have to say - it's much better looking than I expected. It looks essentially like a Railroad Tycoon clone. I've heard bad things about Zoo Digital Publishing, though. Can anyone confirm whether or not their games tend to be shovelware? I really want this one to be good.
The stylus can effectively take the place of a mouse - so I hope we see more old-school PC games released on the DS. Railroad Tycoon, Civilization, etc. I also hope we see some boardgames other than the standard box-store stuff.
The only bummer is that I'm like Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to my DS. Half of me likes the quick 10 minute games. The other half of me likes games that are more involved - as long as you can save and pick it up again without much trouble.
Right now I'm in the middle of Golden Sun. It was the best $8 I've ever spent. (I never owned a GBA.) While it's involved, I can play for 15 minutes and save. I wouldn't want every game to be this complicated, but for now I'm enjoying it. Although, I suspect I'll be ready for a break from RPGs, which is why I'm not going to rush out and purchase FFIII.
(Random RPG rant):
The concept of fighting weak monsters to power up in order to fight stronger monsters seems pointless to me. The overall odds of winning a battle stay the same since everyone
powers up (me and
the monters). Besides, I hate having to spend a few hours fighting pointless fights just so I have enough power to continue to other areas. Is there any RPG out there that doesn't get caught in this trap? It just doesn't give me any sense of accomplishment, since I know that at the core it's irrelevant.
(end random RPG rant)
Since I have plenty of ideas for longer games - what short games do people recommend? I'm not as familiar with those. I've got Brain Age. That's good for short sessions. Any other ideas? My most important criteria is that I not get sick of the game after two or three weeks. I like games that have good replay value.
One last thought: I downloaded the demo of Elite Beat Agents. As an "older" gamer, I don't think that this is a good fit with the Touch Generations line. It takes too much precision timing, which is what us older folks are afraid of.