Drive a train, forever, through a dreamlike land.

Transport passengers to their destination.

Watch the world go by.

Listen to chilled out chiptune music.

In Cab Ride you can drive thousands of different train routes through rolling hills, winding tunnels and weaving between the tall buildings of vast cities. You can drive the train for as long as you like. When you're ready to end your journey, hold down the left arrow key to announce the last station. Stopping at stations along the way means you can pick up and drop off passengers. Try and stop at the marker at each station for a high rating. Or don't! It's up to you.

Cab Ride is a casual train simulation, not aiming for real world accuracy, but like a real train, it takes a while to brake. If you're overshooting stations, watch for the alert for the next station and reduce the throttle so you're ready to stop.

You can get the PICO-8 cart on the PICO-8 BBS (also play in your browser there if you prefer)

Controls

  • X (PICO-8 'X' button PICO-8 X button image) - horn/start/restart the game
  • C / Z (PICO-8 'O' button PICO-8 O button image)- open/close doors at station (must have stopped just in front of signal)
  • Up - increase braking/decrease throttle
  • Down - accelerate/increase throttle
  • Left - hold down to announce the last station (will end the current journey)
  • Right - turn Express mode on/off aka Screensaver Mode

Credits

Programming - Ben Jones / @Powersaurus

Music - Stephen 'rych-t' Jones / Twitter / Instagram / Soundcloud

Based on code from tutorials by Tom Mulgrew https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=35767 licensed under Creative Commons 4 (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Made using PICO-8

Source code and cart available on PICO-8 BBS

Soundtrack available on YouTube

Download

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cab-ride-osx.zip 3 MB
Version 8 38 days ago
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cab-ride-windows.zip 1 MB
Version 7 38 days ago
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cab-ride-linux.zip 702 kB
Version 7 38 days ago

Development log

Comments

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The game is really nice, I enjoyed it very much.

I am at peace with death

Wow. I love this so much. Thank you for making it!

Thank you, and you're welcome! :)

God, I'm glad I searched for games with procedural generation. What a calm, pleasant game! I'm glad I found this, and will certainly share with my friends.

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

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enjoyed it too. I missed all stops but they let me keep on riding, felt a bit like a train robber. pico-8 has that special charme. Prehistoric pixel size with perfect 3D math. If you squeeze your eyes together to get a blur view, it looks almost photorealistic.

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Thanks! From my limited research I found train sims seem ok with you missing stops (Train Sim 2020) at least until you reach the end.

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almost cried for some reason. love this so much. thank you.

You're welcome and thanks for sharing :) Hope it was a positive experience.

Reminds me of those multi hour Youtube train ride videos through Norway:

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That video was the original inspiration for Cab Ride! :)

Nice. Yeah I have always liked those train videos. Like how you translated that to lo-fi pixel art. Very cool.

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This is pretty amazing. I turned the sound off and left it on my tv for a while traveling at the second to slowest speed  possible. It was nice. It'd be nice if screensaver mode would turn off the counters at the top of the screen and also the big red/green markers, and maybe even have an option of auto stopping for passengers. I'd probably put it on my tv often. Really impressive for a pico-8 game.

Thanks! I'm planning an 'even more relaxed' mode soon, which removes the tutorial/goal/objective messages, leaving just the conductor message.


The red + green markers are red/green signals and my attempt at faking Unreal 1/UT99 style lighting bloom :)

'Very Chilled' Mode is now added :) (no HUD, bar station names)

This is lovely, only two suggestions I can think of :-

Option to have SFX only ("rattle-ker-chunk, rattle-ker-chunk, rattle-ker-chunk")?

Some way of game-ifying things more? A final score based on stop-rating, time taken, signals correctly passed?

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Thanks!
Regarding sound - difficult, there is no ambient sound. We cut engine hum at the last minute as it messed with the music in the web player and couldn't find a way to get them to play nice.


If you finish a journey (hold left) you will get a journey report with that info summarised. An aggregate score might be something I investigate in future, but there are several features I want to get in v1.1 first.

really cool game, but at the beginning menu, I couldn´t read the text and the buttons, because there was to big pixels.

Thanks!

Was the in game text easier to read than the title screen text?

The font is fixed by PICO-8 but it would be possible to increase the contrast of the text.

"Was the in game text easier to read than the title screen text?":

   a little bit

cool, I will give this some thought for a future release.

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As a big rail enthusiast, I approve! This cozy little game has kept me entertained for the past few days, it's strangely addicting. Nicely done!

Thanks! Really great to hear that :)

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Cab Ride is amazing; my wife and I have been mesmerized by it for the past two nights!

Would it be possible to get a "Sound on/off" toggle in the start button menu? I cannot figure out how to mute the sound of just the game on my iphone so I can play while listening to my own music (the song in the game is great, it just gets a bit repetitive after a while.)

Seriously great job on this, its fantastic!

Thanks! Really glad you and your wife have enjoyed it so much!


Re: sound toggle. Yes, definitely - it's near the top of my TODO. I didn't realise the mobile view of the game disables/hides that option. This will be in the next patch release (a few days away hopefully).

Wow, awesome! We'll be looking forward to it. Keep up the great work!

This has now been added to the pause menu. This might move to an on-screen button in future if the mobile view changes, but this allows the sound to be disabled for now :)

Great, thanks for adding that option! I will now put myself to sleep every night watching this while listening to real train sounds :)

Just a heads up: the music does not come back when toggling sound back ON (sound effects do become audible again). Resetting the cart via the menu brings it back. If it matters, I'm using Safari on an iphone, latest ios version. 

No problem! The music not immediately coming back on is a known issue - it should start back up when the time of day next triggers the next track. If I can get the on screen buttons to work at some point, this will be fixed.

sweet!!

Thanks!

I had fun playing it, thanks for making it :)

Thanks, I'm glad! :)

when comes download?

They will be up by this Saturday :)

wooowww

:D

The scenery is good

Wow, thanks for the video!

I love this game.

Thanks! :)

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This feels so much like

Densha de Go!

and I say that with a lot of praise...

Haha thanks! :)

So awesome! I quickly felt myself relax <3

Nice! That's what I was going for :)

Beautiful

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Thank you! :)

This is so wonderful and lovely, I've missed commuting and this really captures the more romantic parts of a journey - thank you!

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Brilliant, glad it's filled a gap :)

This is lovely :)))

Thank you! :)

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Awesome!!!

Thanks! :)

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What a delightful time, adore the art and music! take me to chips parkway any day

Thank you! :)

I've been watching your work on Twitter for a while.  I love that this is now available!  Great idea and cool music!  It just looks phenomenal.

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Thanks! Glad it's been worth the wait!

Beautiful visuals for a Pico-8 game. Impressive. 

Nice work!

Thanks!

Really cool! The art is lovely 

Thanks you!

This is SO lovely & calming, Ben. 😊
Congrats on the release, been a long time coming 😉

:) Thanks Paul!

After like 5 mins, the "up" and "down" buttons stopped working. Can't see a reason why.

It is possible that 'Express' mode is activated. Pressing the right arrow key enables/disables it. In Express mode, all other input is disabled and the train drives itself. I'm making a note to make this work like announcing the last stop, where you hold down the left arrow key, so it is more difficult to accidentally end up in that mode.

Thanks for reporting this :)

Thanks for your reply. Maybe it was the case, but I think, that I was trying every other button, to try, to gain possibility to control the speed again. But it is still possible that I just activated it and couldn't turn this mode off. 

Very cool! i had a bit of trouble reading the keyboard buttons

Thanks! I've recently updated the instructions with more details. Let me know if this helps or if there is something I've missed.

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This is absolutely excellent. The art in particular stunned me

Thank you!