• Publisher: Artdink
  • Release Date: Mar 12, 2021
  • Also On: PC
A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism Image
Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Awaiting 1 more rating

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: All aboard! Tourism is a one-way ticket to urban planning. A-Train, the classic urban development simulation game that allows you to create the city of your dreams, is now available on the Nintendo Switch. Become the president of your very own railroad company, laying tracks and running yourAll aboard! Tourism is a one-way ticket to urban planning. A-Train, the classic urban development simulation game that allows you to create the city of your dreams, is now available on the Nintendo Switch. Become the president of your very own railroad company, laying tracks and running your trains as you see fit. However, you will be responsible for more than the railroad. You'll also be tasked with managing subsidiaries, playing the stock market, and participating in urban planning, in order to develop and expand your town.

    This latest installment in the A-Train series introduces the element of tourism to the urban planning formula, and focuses on building up towns into bustling tourism capitals. Providing realistic business management simulations of financing, investing, and more, as well as a wide variety of customizable options for all your vehicles, A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism is packed full of features for you to explore. But don't be overwhelmed—players old and new alike will be able to jump right into the series thanks to the fun and practical tutorials provided in the early stages.

    So why not hop aboard the A-Train with your trusted team of advisors, and start crafting a bright future for your town?
    Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 90
    As I wrote in my review of A-Train on the 3DS: "I feel like sending a copy and a 3DS to our (then) Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, to point out to him that public transport grows cities, not the roads he is obsessed with building." A-Train: All! Aboard! Tourism is the same wonderful blend of genuinely enlightening and deeply rewarding simulation gameplay that will both make you realise the value of mass transit, and help you to understand just how hard it is to get all of it right. Even the cute anime aesthetic, which initially seems so out of place for something so complex, eventually makes sense, too. The Japanese have an understanding of the value of mass transport to a degree that perhaps eclipses any other nation. It's something that has become a source of pride to the Japanese culture, and the anime aesthetic simply solidifies the confidence that the developers have that the Japanese are the ones whose idea of public transport is most worth paying attention to.
  2. Mar 18, 2021
    80
    A great management game for Nintendo Switch.
  3. Mar 14, 2021
    77
    A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism might seem a lighthearted game suitable for beginners, instead the last of Artdink’s productions turns out to be the exact opposite. It’s a complex and articulated managerial title, full of micro-management elements and with a particularly steep (perhaps too much) learning curve. That’s because, despite the presence of two exhaustive tutorials, there’s always the risk of being disoriented by an unnecessarily confusing interface.
  4. Mar 17, 2021
    65
    An interesting railroad management simulator that seems a little bit stuck in time.
  5. Mar 11, 2021
    60
    A-Train All Aboard! Tourism is a complex management simulation, based on a railroad company but not limited to it. Graphics are too simple, and control scheme needs some learning, but after some practice we enjoyed the Japanese setting in different periods.
  6. Mar 31, 2021
    60
    A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism is just about as complex as management sims get, full of menus, variables, budgeting and countless other aspects that genre fanatics love. It’s far too complicated for your average player, though.
  7. Apr 7, 2021
    60
    A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism won’t be for everyone. That’s not just because it’s part of a niche genre – it’s also because of the way it’s structured and the time commitment to truly get into it and dig deep into the ‘good stuff’. It never quite goes off the rails, but sometimes you’ll wish the journey could be a little quicker – and not everyone will be able to stick it out. If you manage that – and more fervent fans of transport sims should be able to do that – there’s a bit of a hidden gem here.

See all 15 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 16, 2021
    9
    Great surprise!

    As a newcommer to the A-Train series, I feel surprised. What a complete management game. It's a mix of Sim City and Transport
    Great surprise!

    As a newcommer to the A-Train series, I feel surprised. What a complete management game. It's a mix of Sim City and Transport Fever. I recommand to everyone looking for a great japanese management game.

    + Well introtuced tutorial and some missions (some need you to be perfectionist)
    + Lot of management possibility (Train capacity, control Stock maket, sell lands, buy/sell/transport material...)
    + You can create your map/scenario
    + Lot of trains (you can even develop/customise your train)
    + Great character design (feel anime)
    + Lot of customisation in general + Infinite gameplay - Graphic (It's not WOW but it turn on switch and it focus on gameplay)
    - Can feel complex at first but it have all you need to continue (guide, tutorial)
    - The price, high but it's an import game. Rare on the market.

    9/10 !
    Expand
  2. May 5, 2021
    9
    Behind a rather steep learning curve there is what is probably the most satisfying city management game I have ever played. The level ofBehind a rather steep learning curve there is what is probably the most satisfying city management game I have ever played. The level of planning and strategic decision is really unmatched in the genre.

    Unlike city builders like Sim City and City Skylines, on A-Train you aren't a god (government) capable of making the city grow out of nowhere, but the president of a train company that aims to work with the government to achieve development goals. It's the limitations that you have as a private company owner that make the gameplay so engaging and interesting.

    The simulation is quite complex but you don't need to understand in detail how it works to advance in the game (which can be surprisingly easy at certain times). However, there is enough depth for you to dive deep if you want and the higher difficulties will put your skills and knowledge to the test. It takes dozens and dozens of hours to start feeling familiar with the game and even after hundred of hours you will still be learning things and developing better ways to face the scenarios, build your lines, etc.

    The only problem is that the performance on the Switch is not the best. The game runs well on the isometric camera + low details + no shadows, but the lag in the menus is something that is impossible to get rid of and deteriorates the experience a lot. It is a small price to pay for such a complex and interesting game, however.

    It is a pity that this series is largely ignored in the West. There is nothing available on the market that offers a similar gameplay, as its focus is quite different from what you find in games like OpenTT, Sim City, City Skylines, etc. A-Train is a unique city management game, not only in terms of type of experience, but also in terms of the depth it offers to be explored.
    Expand
  3. Nov 9, 2021
    8
    Visually it's not the best. but very fun and engaging to play with, requires carefully planning and clear tutorials. lots of detail andVisually it's not the best. but very fun and engaging to play with, requires carefully planning and clear tutorials. lots of detail and flexible. it's on top of my favorite strategy game. Expand