Realistic travel simulations have caught on in recent years, offering looks at what it takes to drive a truck cross country and the physics of landing a spaceship. In a clever twist, Australian artist Alexander Perrin has created what he calls an in which the user guides a train's journey through a delightful little animated 2-D universe.
"Short Trip is more trying to figure out "capturing the essence of graphite on paper within a digital context" than a proper game. It has three segments: you get on a train, guide the train to various stations, get off the train. People (cats, actually) get on the train, people get off, but there's no point system or punishment for missing anyone. It's not a hyperrealistic insight into how trains function, but a calming visual that moves through gorgeous hand drawn illustrations.
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