In the late 1990s, every household was addicted to the “Changing the Rooms” TV program. It was here that an uncertain family handed over their keys to a trendy designer, leaving them for a few days to decorate the house, using a design of their choice. When the end result was revealed, some were happy, but others cried and could easily have killed the designer instantly. In Renovation of the station you’ll need to harness the power of the locker room, making the most of your keen design sense as you’re tasked with transforming the neglected into something beautiful. Unlike the locker room, you will be the only designer, with no one to please other than yourself, and more importantly, there are no fancy designers spoiling your creative visions. Let’s move on to the design.
The renovation of the station is a bit of a mix of Train Sim World and Flipper House and, for some reason, there’s a bit of history added for good measure. See, you’re the one responsible for renovating a bunch of old stations, turning them into something wonderful and fresh. You do this by driving to an abandoned station in your van and spending time monitoring damage; abandoned buildings filled with trash, smashed windows and a slew of beer bottles, which is a horrible sight to see.
Wherever you are, you will find that there is a lot of work to be done. The first thing you need to do is take out the waste, first choosing between a recyclable landfill, where you have different bins for glass, wood and cardboard. When you put the right colored bags in the right compartment, you get money to save the planet – if only life was like that! The other alternative is to have a big dumpster and put everything in it. The choice, as they say, is yours.
The game is played in first person and once the trash is cleaned up, it’s up to you to get the buildings and broken items cleaned and repaired. Fortunately, you have a kit bag at your disposal, with everything you could possibly need. You’ll have special tools for each job, which means you’ll have to use crowbars to smash windows and pull hard-to-reach broken planks, a broom to mop the floor, and access cobwebs in them. corners, trowels to fill in the holes and even a reliable sponge to clean up the graffiti strewn everywhere. Plus, you’ll have to spend time fixing electricity, sanding walls, and even painting, inside and out. When you’ve sorted the color scheme to your liking, then it’s time to go shopping, filling your station with all kinds of goodies.
As you work through an in-game tablet, you will find that you can then purchase a range of items for your new space. There are benches of various shapes, colors and sizes for the docks, modern and retro design cash machines, drink machines, departure signs, clocks, plants and just about anything. you can think of that will make your resort nice and pretty. In campaign mode, this is where you’ll need to be notified, with some cash on hand, but sandbox mode is where the station renovation opens; money is plentiful and you can build as you wish.
The renovation of the station quickly becomes addictive, but it is also quite therapeutic. It is in terms of design elements that this experience will live or die, and success will depend on the creativity of your mind and your interest in filling an empty space. Whether it looks appealing or not, you will have to work with complicated controls.
Visually and frankly, if you’re a fan of a station or two, love the facilities and amenities that make it what it is, you’ll have a field day here. If not, you might end up in a fight because even if everything is fine, there is nothing that ever comes close to stunning. And aside from the slightly complicated control scheme, the menus and user interface are pretty easy to navigate. On top of that, the soundtrack is dynamic and light with a nice collection of melodies capable of providing a calming backdrop while you clean up and design.
The station renovation is weird, but if you find yourself in the niche market it’s trying to win over, there’s a good chance you’ll love the game. It’s well designed, runs flawlessly, and the mix of cleaning and further design of old abandoned stations will be very satisfying. It’s quite unique though and slightly odd, but there’s a lot of potential for what it can deliver in the right hands.
Renovation of the station is now available on Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One – find it on the Xbox Store
By the late 1990s, every household was addicted to the “Changing the Rooms” television program. It was here that an uncertain family handed over their keys to a trendy designer, leaving them for a few days to decorate the house, using a design of their choice. When the end result was revealed, some were happy, but others cried and could easily have killed the designer instantly. In Train Station Renovation, you will have to harness the power of the locker room, making the most of your keen design sense as you are tasked with transforming…
Review of the station renovation
Review of the renovation of the station
- The cleaning and the design of the stations are therapeutic
- A plethora of things to buy
- Niche fans will love it
- not going to be for everyone
- The control scheme is tedious
- Many thanks for the free copy of the game go to – Ultimate Games
- Formats – Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
- Version reviewed – Xbox One on Xbox Series X
- Release date – June 2, 2021
- Introductory price from – £ 13.24