Mini Metro

Mini Metro is a minimalistic strategy subway layout game by Dinosaur Polo Club.

It runs nicely on my late 2012 iMac, a newer model MacBook, and various laptops with Windows. Also comes in Ubuntu flavour.

What is it?

 

This is a very clever and simple game. You are in charge of joining up subway/metro stations with lines so that the passengers can move to the station they want to go to. Simplistically each station is a shape (circle, square, diamond, triangle, etc.) and each passenger is a little dot in one of these shapes waiting at another station. The passenger dots need to use a train that runs on the subway lines to go to the shape of station that corresponds with their shape.

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You control where the lines go by clicking and dragging the lines. You can also adjust where the trains are (little coloured boxes) by dragging them to other lines. You start each scenario with two lines and after you have played for 7 days of game time (only a few minutes real time) you get a new locomotive and may choose another second benefit (offers vary according to scenario but typically you may choose another line, another locomotive, a carriage to attach to a locomotive, a tunnel or a bullet train). You can pause the game or speed it up, and you may redesign lines and train allocations as you go through the level.

The level ends when one of the stations becomes overcrowded (there are too many passengers waiting for a train). When it starts getting busy the stations start to chirrup and bounce a bit to draw attention to themselves. A little dial starts to fill in around the circle and when it completes, it’s too l
ate to intervene – the level is over.

Would I recommend Mini Metro?

 

Yes, I would recommend it. I would also recommend that you only accept this recommendation if you like minimalistic strategy games where you’re constantly trying to better your score. It might seem a bit too simplistic otherwise.

Did I finish Mini Metro?

It’s hard to quantify ‘finished’. I have played 15 hours and all of the levels, which need to be unlocked as you progress through the game, so I’m going to say that yes, I attained a measure of completion. Each level is eminently repayable over and over, however. Even if you don’t care about the leaderboard scores, you can continually try against your own personal best for each level.

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Will I play it again?

Yes. It has great replay value and sits quietly on my desktop waiting for a half hour where I need to focus quietly and wholly on just one thing in order to clear my thoughts.

Where can it be found?

I got my copy from Steam. £7 at the time of writing this review.

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