HoloLens Reviewer Score: ★★★★☆

Download this app from the Microsoft Store. Download size is 131 MB.

Editor’s Review
This app took us by surprise – it’s a great start, and with a bit more work it would be truly spectacular. Using voice commands, start laying track around the room; tracks, tunnels, bridges, and curves are available options, and once complete just say “play” to start the train rolling.

The 3D models are pretty sweet – down to the bystanders at the train depot walking around and waving.  A short tutorial at the beginning is a nice touch to orient the user with the construction system.

The most glaring issue is the inability to create a loop; the track cannot be connected back into the beginning track segment, so the animation is very short-lived.  The curves only turn left, limiting the layout options, and no real bridge is available so you cannot build a classic figure-8 track configuration.  Of course, more trains would be awesome, as well as driving controls and track switching controls.

We really hope the publisher continues work on this app!

Publisher’s Description
HoloRail is a game for HoloLens that lets you build a simple railroad in your living room. You can use a builder to add different kind of rails, including turns, bridges and tunnels. You can rotate and position your scene according to your liking and then pick one of the two train types and watch and hear it roll on your new tracks. Game allows you to save you scene for later play without having to build it from scratch. Please rate our application. Enjoy exploring Microsoft HoloLens.

 Scoring Matrix
Criteria Notes Score
User Interface The interface is a bit confusing with many different screens, and the menus are a bit amateurish.  You have to memorize the building menu in order to build track. ★★☆☆☆
Graphics/3D Modeling Quality The train, tracks and station, though tiny, are nicely modeled and very realistic. ★★★★★
Idea Execution Fun idea that needs more work. ★★★★☆
Amount of Content Plenty of track is available, but need more options in order to keep us coming back. ★★☆☆☆
Wow Factor With a bit more work, this app would definitely be a lot of fun for the young and young at heart! ★★★☆☆