Carefully plotting your rails to ensure your train will leave the station has never been so addicting
In principle, Railbound could seem like a somewhat slight puzzle experience. Starting out, the game really takes it easy on you as you come around to understand its mechanics. This is true as you unlock new stages as well, each introducing another wrinkle to consider, and on the normal path it’s usually only the last 2 - 3 puzzles that will really make you work for it. Where things get a bit more diabolical and addicting though is the bonus levels you’ll unlock as you clear the normal ones. Typically deceiving you with an expected solution, but requiring you to change things up from the norm, these are typically very well-designed and satisfying to solve. Since it is a touchscreen-only game you could certainly question whether the Switch is the ideal platform for it, but given the polish in the presentation and the challenge of the puzzles I’ll give this a pass. There’s just a little extra oomph along for the ride for this puzzler that helps to take it a step above much of its competition, and it’s absolutely worth a look for genre fans or people looking for some smart brain-teasing challenges.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.6]