PopCap lovingly restores classic Candy Train

Before it became known for creating some of the world’s best (and most addictive) casual games, PopCap used to be a website dedicated to Flash creations. While many of the original games have survived, enjoying PC, Mac and mobile interpretations, my personal favourite seemed to have disappeared completely from the internets.

…that is, until now. “Long-forgotten” PopCap classic, Candy Train is back – and is now available for iPhone and iPad.

[img_big]center,7974,2011-05-23/CandyTrain-Logo.jpg,Oh, how I have longed for this day![/img_big]

It’s actually the second game from 4th & Battery, and couldn’t be more different from debut title Unpleasant Horse. Your task is to guide a cartoon engine around an ever-changing track, collecting bits of confectionery.

Sweet, glorious candy is popping up everywhere. Don’t ask us how it happens! The best part? You’re a conductor on a train that collects it. But whoever built the train track didn’t get hugs when he was little, or failed basic engineering. So it’s up to you to simultaneously drive the train while piecing the track together and collecting the candy. If you can’t clear a path for your train in time, your train will come to a sad, sugar-coated demise. Time is running out. What do you do? What. Do. You. Do?

[img_big]center,7974,2011-05-23/CandyTrain-rqljczjb.jpg,Choo-choo for chew-chews![/img_big]

The story behind the Candy Train resurgence is kinda heartwarming, too. It seems I’m not the only person who loved the original Flash game – a PopCap employee shared my love for the game. Despite working in a completely different part of the company, Sophia dedicated her free time to create a new version of the game, developed specifically for iOS. By the time she’d finished, the powers-that-be were so pleased that they not only decided to release the game to the world, but also to give Sophia a new job as a game programmer in the heart of PopCap studios.

[img_big]center,7974,2011-05-23/CandyTrain-kanryaha.jpg,New High Score![/img_big]

Thank you, Sophia. Thank you, PopCap. Thank you for bringing Candy Train back to me – and in a way that I can share this brilliant game with everybody else. (You can grab it from the App Store – I hope you love it as much as I do!)

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