Hello! It's your turn to operate the scenic railway. The local town cats would love to join you for the ride too, if that's ok.

Short Trip is the first instalment in a collection of interactive illustrations created for the web. It has been created as a study into capturing the essence of graphite on paper within a digital context, and to learn more about web-based graphics technologies. Short Trip will run on most devices supporting WebGL, including mobile devices.

The original release was made at  alexanderperrin.com.au/paper/shorttrip

Due to the current limitations of both WebGL technologies and my understanding of them, there’s bound to be issues found here and there. If you’ve found something particularly odd and have a spare few minutes it would be greatly appreciated if you tell me about it either via itch or here. At the moment there’s a few known issues particularly relating to Android support. I hope that these will improve with time.

Regardless, I hope that you enjoy your journey.

Desktop Controls:

  • Left Key: Move left
  • Right Key: Move right
  • Space bar: Ring the bell

Mobile Controls:

  • Hold left side of screen: Move left
  • Hold right side of screen: Move right
  • Tap on the tram: Ring the bell

Thank you to my family, friends, and cat.

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(222 total ratings)
AuthorAlexander Perrin
Tags2D, Cats, Hand-drawn, tram-simulator
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Touchscreen
AccessibilityOne button, Textless


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This is so beautiful and relaxing. Thank You for this amazing short game.

This is wonderful, thank you for making this

wow so cute, i would be ok to pay this game with a download windows link :)

Beautiful. And for free? Nice

the illustration is breathtaking!!! the textures and details omgg

That was actually pretty fantastic.


this is one of the most beautiful games ive ever experienced and ive been on the internet for a while. the artwork is so intricate and jaw-droppingly BEAUTIFUL. i know ive used the word beautiful a lot but i cant emphasize it enough. outstanding work!! i hope you are very proud of this masterpiece <33


Thank you :) I needed this today and I’m feeling proud now!!


The illustration style is beautiful & the animation for the tram is really fluid! The chirping of the birds and the sfx for the tram made it even more life-like. Overall, great job :)

Just beautiful, I want more games like this one

WOW, a Masterpiece


So simple, so calm, so beautiful. <3


I left a review so hopefully you can read the rest of my enjoyment on there (I hope creators can see reviews!!) but I also wanted to leave a comment after I saw you were based in Melbourne! I also live in melbourne and the environment in this game seemed distinctly not Australian (except maybe for Tasmania) but still managed to remind me of pieces of places I'd been and loved dearly. So I wanted to know, is the landscape and/or architecture in this illustration inspired by any places you've been? Because I would love to go there.


Hello! I'm not sure where I would be able to find the review. Where did you post it? I'd love to have a look.

Yes! I've been in Melbourne for my whole life now :) That's super interesting to hear that it's reminded you of locations around Aus. You're quite right in that for whatever reason Australian landscapes are only a minor influence within Short Trip. 

Architecture wise, the game combines a mash-up of many style influences, ranging from traditional English cottages to Norwegian stave churches. I would say that the build materials take a higher priority when describing the styles though– I tend to idealise natural construction materials (slate, bluestone, dark hardwoods) and take great joy in their ornate combination and assembly! When referencing landscapes, I feel it would be fair to say that I'm greatly influenced by the alpine regions of Victoria and the Bogong High Plains in summer. I love the rough ground above the tree line!

I have to mention the Hakone Mountain Railway in Japan, which was one of the key influences when making this. It's a beautiful switchback railway near Fuji that weaves up through endless tunnels, forests, bridges and little towns. I couldn't recommend visiting this place enough :)

Thanks again!

Beautiful. I love your work and your spirit as creator.

Thanks so much. It's a pleasure to create for you!

Really beautiful. The artwork is gorgeous, from the buildings to the trees, and every other pieces drawn to create this breathtaking landscape. The cat people are adorable, and the sound design is phenomenal; it's so relaxing and calming, and really brings you that sense of going on a train journey through a quaint village in the countryside. Very sweet, absolutely adored this!


Thank you :) This means a lot to hear!

I can't explain why I got so moved by this... Thanks.

This makes me so happy! Thank you :)

Wonderful, loved the atmosphere

I'm very pleased you enjoyed it! Thank you :)


Quite simply, beautiful.

Completely amazing! <3

Thank you! I'm very glad you enjoyed it. Take care.

I loved this! This was so beautiful! 

AWESOME. Skill power, your graphyc technique is amazing! 

Thank you! I appreciate it very much

This game is fantastic!!! I really like it <3

I'm very glad you enjoyed it!

Review and thinkpiece in Russian

Really cool game! Loved the art and the music! Excited to see what comes next :D 


Whao, I love this art style, Are you draw with pencil then scan them?

Oh my 147 days ago! I'm sorry I obviously don't come around to Itch all that often. Yes the world is drawn in pencil first, then scanned into Photoshop where it's trimmed and laid out in the scene.

Thanks so much!

Fantastic work! An incredible minimalist game on a fabulous illustration plenty of little details. Thanks a lot for create this and for share with us free!


I took the liberty of making your gem of a tram journey video into a 7 hour screensaverl.

Thank you




I had a play of "Short Trip" and I have to say that I thought it was exquisite. An amazing little piece so well produced and I was so mesmerized I spent 35 minutes playing it. I loved the little animations and noticed all the animations in the background. This is another example of some of the great work being released by developers and I kinda think that this could be either blown into a full game or expanded to included other titles  such as Beatrix Potter or Winnie the Pooh. I did a walkthrough and I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to use it how you feel and there is another video coming but I won't tell you what is yet.





I'm not sure if you are aware of this but the video has had nearly 1k of views in the last 7 days.

*We want more*We want more*We want more*We want more*We want more*We want more*We want more*We want more*We want more* lol




Thank you so much for both the kind words and the lovely videos. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I would most love to extend this game into something more, and I think I will be doing so in the future when time permits.

Thanks again for everything!

Thanks Alexander,

I look forward to any updates. Take Care.




Whoa ! Just perfect, I love the landscape, the sound, it was a great experience ! Thanks

The illustrations were wonderful! I really loved the details placed into it as well, like how the bar on the cable would move up and down if the train were to go up or down a hill. The sounds were really soothing as well. I also found the "walk" animation to be super cute.

I like the illustrations and the sound-effects was like a triple chocolate glaze over a chocolate glazed, chocolate filled, chocolate covered, chocolate wrapped, with a chocolate cherry on top chocolate cake-volcano with chocolate fondue layers, that erupts chocolate. Overall i give it a 4/5 for gameplay experience.

Wow this is really nice!  Awesome work!  The attention to detail is impressive -things like making the arm on top of the train car extend/retract for hills were an unexpected surprise :D

Beautiful! The sound effects really make it feel alive! One thing I did note, controls wise (on PC), is that there is no delay between bell rings. If you hold space the bell sound plays as quickly as the repeat rate is set on the computer.

Very nicely done! Illustrations were beautiful (loved when trees and other pieces of scenery partially obscured the tram) and it was calming overall. Hope to see more.