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Train Sim Custom Environments

I am happy to announce that another Train Sim update is now live on Google Play!  This time I was able to include 3 of the most requested features:

  • Custom Environments
  • Train de-coupling/Coupling
  • Improved Track Connections

Allowing users to build their own custom environments, is something I always wanted to add to Train Sim.  It is obviously something not easy to implement and previously I never had the time to focus on it.

However recently I added a similar feature to my other game Aquarium Sim and I thought, maybe this could be adapted to Train Sim.  After a few hours of effort moving the code over from one project to another I was surprised that it worked.  I was able to place objects on a Terrain on a predefined track.  I quickly posted a preview video on my Twitter feed and happy with my progress I went to sleep.

Next day I started the real work which would continue over the next 2 weeks.  First I needed to add 50 predefined objects to the custom environment editor.  This was easy but repetitive work as for each object I needed to create a small preview icon.  This involves taking a screenshot of the 3D object, opening it in Photoshop, cutting out a transparent background and saving the result as a PNG image file.  50 times.

I also had to build 2 separate tracks layouts and allow the environments to switch depending on the user choice.  This turned out to actually be that hardest part as none of the other scenes in Train Sim support multiple track layouts, and things were constantly breaking.

Add to that object rotation, Terrain Texture selector & the massive amount of testing around this feature, and I would estimate 100+ hours of total effort.  However I think it was worth it.  Here is one of the later preview videos of the Custom Environment feature (still only had 1 track to choose from)

The other major feature I focused on this release was Train De-Coupling/Coupling.  This was also a much requested feature from many users.  The actual de-coupling implementation was simple.  The tricky part coupling the Train again when it is backing up & from behind the train.  Each engine has a different size which means I had to adjust and test each of the engines plus double engines, plus tenders.  If that was not enough I also had to make sure I can de-couple go around the track and push the train from the back.  Again accounting for the variable engine size, testing each one. I even build a small track for testing this feature that allowed me to go around and push the train from behind faster.  48 times …

Here is one of the final video previews I shared on my YouTube channel.

In the future I hope to expand this by allowing users to drop off and pick up cars from the rail yard.

Finally one of my personal pet peeves in Train Sim were always the Track Connections.  Not only were they buggy, they also looked terrible as the tracks would visually just overlap with the main track always on top of the connection.

This new version of Train Sim fixes both this issues as Track connections now work much better and look much better.  The actual solution to this was very simple and I can’t believe I have not through of this in the past.

As always this new version of Train Sim is available on Google Play first with the other platforms coming soon after.

 

Another Month Another Train Sim Update

Train Sim New Interface

One of the things that always bothered me about Train Sim was the User Interface (Buttons).  I never liked the look but more practicaly I did not like the fact that it used words.  Even when I translated the button labels into 7 other languages that meant there were still millions of users that did not have a translated user interface.

Furthermore there are lots of kids that are younger then 6 years old that enjoy playing Train Sim but do not yet know how to read.  My son was amongst those for many years.

So I decided that in this update I will focus on an improved user interface.  I have been posting in progress screenshots on my Twitter Account but finally I settled on the above look which is now live on the Google Play Store (Android).  Thanks to my Twitter followers I also learned that some people simply like the old interface.  So the Old Interface will still be available in Options.

In this update I also added a new (much reqested) Open & Close Doors Button that will show up when the train is stopped.  From now on that button will need to be pressed when the train is stopped at a station to let the passengers out.  It will no longer be automatic.

Train Sim Update is now Live for Android, with iOS, Amazon, Windows Store, Mac coming soon!

Train Sim Update Released

I am happy to announce that another update of Train Sim is now live.  This time I focused on replacing the R160 New York subway model as well improving the Mountain Trail Scene.  I also added additional Leaderboards to Train Sim that allow players to compare their total distance traveled as well as the number of crashes.

Train Sim Mountain Trail

One of my favourite things added in this release were Break Sparks to all Trains & improved the Break Animations on steam trains.  When breaks are initiated the wheels will lock in place rather then slowing down.

I also updated some minor details such as the vehicles on all the scenes to the improved models I previously used in the Desert scene.  There were also some bug fixes, such as the never-ending rain in one of the train cars.

Train Sim Leaderboards

Currently the update is live for Android but I am working on porting it to the other platforms.

Aquarium Sim Update

Last week I worked on a new feature for Aquarium Sim that allows users to create custom Aquarium Environments.  This is a feature I always wanted to include on launch but never had the time to implement.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  Rather then just being visually appealing Aquarium Sim now also allows you to be creative.

This new version of Aquarium Sim is now available for Android & Amazon Devices with iOS version has been uploaded & is waiting for review.

Train Sim Update Live

Train Sim update is now live across all platforms.  These include: Android, iOS, Amazon, Mac Store, Windows Store.  You can now play this newest version of Train Sim, any time on any device.  No Limits!

Train Sim Rain

This was a large update that took me almost 2 months to complete.  The work completed includes:

  • Complete rewrite of the Ports of Call Scene
  • Improved Rain Effect (rain drips down windows)
  • Working Windshield Wipers on all trains
  • Longer Trains
  • Higher Resolution Textures for several Trains
  • Many Bug Fixes

I would like to thank all of my Facebook and Twitter fans for all your great suggestions and encouragement while I was working on this release.  I hope that you all like it.

Happy Rails!

Train Sim Release Preview

I have been working crazy hours on a new update to Train Sim.  At this point I have 2 in-progress videos I want to share with you.  The first shows of the improved Ports of Call scene, while the second videos shows off the new “wet glass” rain effect  along with working windshield wipers (a very requested feature).

 

I don’t yet have a release date for this new version of Train Sim.  I still need to add working windshield wipers to about 30 more trains and I was hoping that the new Train 3D model would be done in time for this release.  (not sure if this will happen)

I am however very excited about this upcoming release as I think it will address many user requests.

2016 In Review

 

As 2016 ends, we would like to reflect on everything we have accomplished over the last 12 months and also to thank all of the players and fans of our games.  This year has been especially busy with 4 new games launched and major updates to existing games.

Dinosaur Sim

Dinosaur Sim

We started this 2016 with the release of Dinosaur Sim featuring 12 playable dinosaurs, the game was received very well and is the highest rated game in my portfolio (4+ stars).  Throughout 2016 we added 8 more Dinosaurs including:

  • Pachycephhlosaurus
  • Argentinosaurus
  • Styracosaurs
  • Kentrosaurus
  • Troodon
  • Carnotaurus
  • Pteranadon

We also added 2 new scenes to Dinosaur Sim including a Large Tropical Scene and a Desert Scene.  Dinosaur Sim turned out to be a great success for 3583 Bytes and we would like to thank all the players that have stuck with the game over the last 11 months.

Dinosaur Sim Troodon

Train Sim

Train Sim New Farm Land Scene Train Sim is definitely one of our most popular games and has a great fan base that provides constant suggestions on improvements.  This year’s Train Sim updates included a new Indian Scene as well as complete refreshes of the Farm Land & Desert Scenes.  There were many new trains including:

  • Acela Express
  • Southern Pacific 4449
  • Class 91
  • Bombardier Talent
  • WAP-7

If that was not enough Train Sim also got new improved Sounds for each Engine, The very requested Double Engines & Improved Steam/Smoke effects, as well as a new Train Chooser Scene and Controller Support.  Can’t round up the year without also mentioning the awesome Train Sim inspired art by Steve Conway.

Train Sim Art Mountain Scene

3 Jewels

3 Jeweled Icon

3 Jewels is also a very popular game that reached a major milestone of over 4 million downloads.   This year I added a new Challenge Mode with 50 new challenge levels as well as a slide to move feature.

Flight Sim

Flight Sim

Flight Sim also reached a major milestone of over 1 million downloads.  During the year, we spent allot of time adding a new airplanes including:

  • DC-7
  • BeriewA40
  • PZL104
  • PiaggioP180
  • Pitts S1
  • Fokker F27

The goal of having 20 airplanes in Flight Sim has now been reached (just 1 day prior to end of year).  Flight Sim also got a new cloud system as well as a HUD display mode.

Other Awesome Updates:

Kids Car RacersKids Car Racers received a new fantasy themed scene & Car Crashers got a bowling crashing update.  Kids Trains also got a Kids Toy Room Update.

New Game Launches

On top of Dinosaur Sim this year I launched 3 other games, these were:

Aquarium Sim – Aquarium Sim is an interactive virtual Aquarium with 82 fish species & 9 Scenes

Aquarium Sim

Match 3 Candy Blast – Match 3 Candy puzzle game with addictive gameplay. Swap Candy to Match 3!

Math 3 Candy

Kids Atlas – Realistic World Map that teaches kids about Countries, Continents & States.

Kids Atlas

Other Fun Stuff:

 

Most Importantly:

We would like to thank all the players and fans that have enjoyed and supported my games over the last 3 years.  Its been a very busy 12 months, we got allot done, as our twitter fans keep reminding me there is always more to do.  Stay tuned for my 2017 goals post where we will pencil in some plans for the next 1 year.

Thank you,

Adam Berent & Team

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