I bought Stationflow over the last sale and finally took it for a spin.
The basic premise is that people enter the station through subway entrances and get to the train they need, or they arrive on a train and need to exit the station at a particular exit or hop on another train. So basically you connect the various entrances / exits to the train platforms and mark the intersections with signs so they can find their way.
Now all of these things don’t exist on the same level, so you need to connect the levels with staircases so the people can travel between them. When you service the station well enough you level up and the game throws another wrinkle at you - now the people want a place to buy coffee, and then a place to pee that coffee out, or a board so they can figure out what train they need to catch or exit they need to leave. Then I had to start catering to ‘the elders’ and build elevators because they can’t walk the stairs.
I’m level eight, which probably isn’t very far, and it has been mostly easy to meet the new demands. The player is constrained by money, but it hasn’t been too tight as of yet. The biggest challenge is that sometimes the building tools are awkward to work with. Sometimes it’s pretty smooth - hallways snap together, stairway connect to their destinations. Sometimes there is a conflict and I just can’t get things to line up right and I need to fiddle, or delete something and try again. So, the challenges so far haven’t been mental ones but after leveling up some more and needing to retrofit new train lines and exits I can see the complexity rising.
Some of the other tasks feel like busywork too, like supplying coffee. That just means I need to go throughout my station and plunk down coffee machines. Same with the food. The other busywork is constantly needing to update signs. A new train line pops up, well now I need to go update all of my signs to people know where to go.
It’s an interesting concept, but I think the execution falls short to make me want to put a lot of time into it. Maybe later on more interesting things get added, but for now I find myself spending more time on tedious things than solving interesting problems. Kudos to the devs for trying something a bit different.