John Allen's Timesaver Puzzle 4+

Can you hostle‪?‬

Scott Lagaly

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 84 Ratings
    • $4.99



Train game meets puzzle game in this challenging world of the RG&H Railroad. Enjoy the nostalgia of a model train as you test your puzzle solving skills. This classic strategy puzzle, a favorite in the model railroading world for decades, has been re-imagined for iOS.

Just a few examples of what other players are saying about John Allen’s Timesaver Puzzle:

• “An excellent puzzle game.”

• “Challenges your thinking and logic skills.”

• “Great game!”

• “I love the game!”

• “Totally different from any puzzle game I have ever tried.”

In John Allen’s Timesaver Puzzle you will move trains in tight quarters to complete switching orders as you go from town to town.

Of course, no job is without its complications and the RG&H Railroad is no exception. Your difficulties grow and the workload increases as you navigate worker strikes, new safety regulations and more. But never fear, our engineer, Slim, will be there to keep you on track and remind you that the clock is ticking.

• Pay once and play forever. No in-app purchases!

• 100 challenging puzzles, each playable at 4 difficulty levels.

• Sync game scores and progress across devices with iCloud.

• Enjoy our lively soundtrack or listen to your own music as you play.

• Climb leader boards and challenge friends through Game Center.

Download John Allen’s Timesaver Puzzle now and see if you have what it takes to be a ‘hostler’!

What’s New

Version 1.0.4

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

* Fixed an issue that was causing the app to crash in Potter Valley for a few users
* Improved the transition from Timesaver Lite to the full version
* Serviced the engine and checked the tracks while we were in there

If you are enjoying John Allen's Timesaver Puzzle please consider giving us a 5 star rating and writing a review in the App Store. This helps us let other players know about the game and makes us feel warm fuzzies. Thanks and keep hostling!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

Pidloop ,

Realistic and fun

Very enjoyable and well written faithful rendition of the classic timesaver puzzle. All controls and movements are smooth, intuitive and responsive and the train and engine inertia feels just right. Penalties insure careful technique. Although the industries and loads are the same at all levels, a great many separate puzzles are created for each of several towns. Challenges increase at higher levels. The last towns are quite challenging. Well done. Thank you.

Update: finished the last puzzle tonight. Wish there were more.

Wish list:

Inglenook option.

Lighter colors. I need to crank up the backlight to distinguish some of the loads and industries which draws down the battery. Especially the night towns.

More prototypical throttle.

A means to record and play back a solution.

Option at higher levels for normal uncoupling instead of modeler’s “magnetic” style.

Add headlights on the loco in the night towns.

One time I accidentally went back into training mode and found no way to avoid doing it all over again. Maybe I just didn’t see the way out.

gregnomoreforme ,

Excellent Game (for the right person)

If you are looking for an action game, or one with a great deal of variety, this game is not for you. As described, it is a puzzle game set in a railroad environment. With minor variations, all of the 100 included puzzles are set in the same scene. It is about solving the puzzles, not about a story or beautiful, changing backgrounds.

Having said that, this is an excellent rendition of the classic switching game. The train movement is perfect! Very impressive! I would highly recommend this game for those who enjoy such puzzles.


Developer unresponsive

This is a great puzzle and I throughly enjoyed playing it up to #72. When I went to start #72 it crashed. It wiped out all my scores and put me back to novice. Although I could access all puzzles it still kept me as a novice and I had no controls for the engine or turnouts. It’s not my device that’s at fault because I have the same issue on both my iPad and iPhone. The biggest issue is I’ve emailed the developer a few times through the help and support section of the application and have not had any response for over two months. I really enjoyed playing Timesaver but I’m very frustrated that I’m ignored by the developer. I hate having to write a negative review but all I want is a response about the issue.

App Privacy

The developer, Scott Lagaly, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Game Center

    Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.

  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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