Commute busting puzzle game – Mini Metro

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

Developers, Dinosaur Polo Club have really done something wonderful. They have taken the mundane and made it captivating. Mini Metro is a game in which you have to build a transport network for an ever growing city.

Some of you may be familiar with Mini Metro. The game was released on PC in 2014 and the two year wait for its mobile release has certainly been worth it.

Mini Metro

What the developer says…

“Mini Metro is a game about designing an underground map for a growing city. Draw lines between stations and start your trains running. Keep your routes efficient by redrawing them as new stations open. Decide where to use your limited resources. How long can you keep the city moving?”

The concept of Mini Metro

The game sounds simple and it certainly starts off that way. Connect two or three stations, either a circle, triangle or square together with a coloured route. With every in-game week you survive, you are awarded new lines, carriages and trains. As the game progresses, stations begin to get progressively overcrowded. This is where Mini Metro becomes captivating.

For a game this simplistic, the tension builds as your stations fill while you contemplate rerouting lines to develop the best transport network. And just when you have it sussed, a new station pops up that demands servicing. Other elements such as rivers and a limited number of tunnels further complicate the game.

Mini Metro

Style

Anyone who has ridden the London Underground will recognise the simplistic design. I played the game on both an iPhone 7 Plus as well as an iPad Pro. Don’t let the big screen usage scare you off this as Mini Metro will be just as well suited to smaller screens as well.

Price

Priced at £3.99 ($4.99 in the US), Mini Metro certainly has the content to merit the price. 11 real world cities such as London, New York, Paris and Sydney are awaiting your management skills to help them grow. On top of this, Mini Metro also has 2 modes; normal and extreme. Normal allows you to remove and change routes as and when you need. In extreme mode, you cannot do this. What you put down is where it will stay for the entire game so plan carefully.

Mini Metro

Verdict

Mini Metro is a game about building commuter systems that I will be playing during my daily commute for a long time to come. As city growth is randomised each time, no game will produce the same outcomes providing unlimited challenges. Couple in multiple maps as well as two game modes and Mini Metro becomes a game I will not bore of anytime soon. If you want to buy it (and I highly suggest you do) follow this link to the App Store.

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