Building a budding railroad empire is hard work. You have to take whatever jobs you can get, which means hauling everything from giant vats of maple syrup and pickles to arcade cabinets and ethanol to maximize your profits. Growing your snaking network of train routes – and fleet of trusty engines to traverse them with goods in tow – hits a delightfully upbeat stride in Pocket Trains, the adorable spiritual successor to Pocket Planes and Tiny Tower. Despite the similarly cutesy sheen of this new venture in the world of pixelated "bitizens," plenty of depth, fun, and accessibility are balanced throughout the clever design.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Compared to last week's new release barrage alongside iOS 7, this week will no doubt seem subdued, though EA's FIFA 14 soccer simulation is a major debut, and Pocket Trains will surely captivate those who loved Pocket Planes and Tiny Tower. Other standout titles this week include Shadowrun Returns, Buddy & Me, and Boson X.