Bounty Train features a unique take on the train simulation genre, with the player controlling a steam train in frontier America (1860 to 1870), following trade routes between towns, fending off attackers and managing the train. Players will hire and manage personnel (including drivers, armed guards and other crew), modify their trains with various engines and wagons, and keep those trains humming by purchasing fuel. Bounty Train is a complex, tactically challenging game. The player has to keep many balls in the air—dealing with real time skirmishes with bandits, trading goods for the best prices, resource management, train optimization and keeping the line (and train) in good repair.
One of the most intriguing features are the historical events: As Bounty Train aims to provide a level of historical accuracy in its story, the player is bound to encounter figures and events from real American history. In terms of importance—this ranges from entering into business with Joseph Gayetty, the inventor of toilet paper, to helping Abraham Lincoln survive the infamous 1865 assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Yes, in the Bounty Train timeline, Lincoln can survive—and this depends totally on the actions of the player! It is also possible to change or influence other major events, like the Civil War. But the player has to keep his own best interests in mind as he holds his own place in the complex webs of power in frontier America: If the player is, for example, allied with the Confederacy, a breakthrough of Union troops in the Civil War might jeopardize train lines and revenue.
Bounty Train borrows elements from many genres (train simulation, rogue-like, business management) and uses them to build a greater whole, a new unique strategy game experience. It really is shaping up to be a masterpiece for strategy fans.