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Text Express 2 (Windows)

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Description

Text Express 2 is a word construction game. The letters appear as pieces of charcoal, and the player must form the longest word possible to feed a train's furnace. Two locomotives appear at the top of the screen, and every word created makes one of them go a bit further in its tracks. The objective is to reach the station before the rival train to win coins. Below the racing track is the word list, where all the words created are stored in slots. At the end of the race, all the possible words are show in the list.

An overhead map appears between the word making sections, showing the available stations and tracks. In Adventure Mode, the goal is to construct all the tracks, opening new directions for the train. Tracks cost a variable amount of coins to be built. In Classic mode, there are only the word games, without the building component.

Besides the letters, some of the coal pieces have power-ups, with corresponding icons at the bottom-right, that activate when used in a word. The 2 and 3 charcoals give two and three times more energy to the train. The magnifier charcoal reveals some letters of the word list. The chronometer coal stops the rival train for 15 seconds. The star charcoal acts as a joker, replacing any letter in a valid word. The coin stack coal gives one coin. The rocket charcoal doubles the train speed for the next three words.

Stations have one of 8 different word games. The most common is Classic, that comes in two variations with 6 or 7 letters. The objective is to feed the furnace with words made of, at least, three letters. In Replace, new letters appear after each word. In Anagrams, the player has to make words using all the available coals. In Squares, the goal is to form words that match incomplete words from the list. In Keep, the used letters stay, and the unused are replaced with new ones. Secret is the same game as Classic with 6 letters, only without the word list. In Jokers, there is always a joker coal available.

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Text Express 2 Windows Won! (Portuguese version)
Text Express 2 Windows The word list shows all the possible words when one of the trains arrive at the station.
Text Express 2 Windows Loading screen
Text Express 2 Windows Trophy cabinet

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Macs Black (77794) added Text Express 2 (Windows) on Oct 21, 2008