Ever wanted to occupy the driver’s seat and take full control of a locomotive? Now you can! With the HTC Vive headset and its motion controllers, it’s your turn to operate a train, and complete specific tasks within time, such as: plan optimal routes, switch junctions, and avoid derailment along your way in a fictional train yard system.Derail Valley is a new train simulator with stunning sights, made for virtual reality. It lets the player interact with the train cab using their hands (shown ingame as Vive controllers), and experience what it feels like to operate a train, or even derail it off a cliff.

The game is currently in alpha, more work is needed before it can be released, but a free demo is already available for download. The demo shows lots of potentials, it has some nice environment with great lighting, good draw distance, and it lets you not just to lean out of a running train, but to couple and uncouple cars, too. Coupling, however, is a bit tricky, players might find it difficult to figure out how to grab the levers with the Vive controller outline.

If you’re that type who enjoys lengthy train rides, this demo won’t disappoint you, it offers quite a long ride. According to the game developer, Derail Valley is taking the focus on imperfections in the railway world to a level never before seen in train simulator genre. Both the hardcore train simulator fans and players new to the genre and VR in general should have a fun time with the game.

Minimum Requirements

  • VR: HTC Vive
  • MB: B150/Z170/X99 MSI Gaming Series MB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290
  • equivalent or greater
  • CPU: Intel i5-6500 equivalent or greater
  • RAM: 4GB+
  • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or newer
  • Playing Instructions

Derail Valley is currently a seated game. Standing mode is still work in progress. Instructions for operating the train and the goal can be found in the train cabin, in front of the player.