mini-metro
Metacritic: 79/100
Release: Nov 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Mini Metro

Site Score
8.5
Good: Elegant design – Randomisation and number of cities
Bad: Gameplay hours does not match cost
User Score
8.9
(8 votes)
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Mini Metro opts to go down the simplistic route with a unique offering in the transport simulation video game genre. Focusing on the creation of an efficient subway system in a rapidly growing location it’s a challenging title like no other.

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Gameplay in Mini Metro is basic but still ensures plenty of discovery as the game follows a very play as you learn approach. Players involvement is centred around the creation of coloured lines which are representative of the subway tracks.

These tracks are used to connect the various subway stations which are represented by various shapes within the game (squares, circles, triangles and more). At each of these subway stations smaller filled in shapes will appear which represent people and the station they want to arrive it. For example at one of your circle stations a few triangle people will appear, jump on your train and then get off at the next triangle station you visit.

While this starts out as a simple thing to achieve the range of shapes that appear and the inflow of passengers can quickly overwhelm an inefficient design. This is also made more complex by the river that players will need to cross with tunnels which are a limited resource. Players can obtain additional tunnels at the end of each week although this choice is mutually exclusive to things like new lines, carriages and trains which requires forethought for success.

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Mini Metro repeats this formula across just shy of a dozen cities with their own layouts and growth patterns. This growth is also randomised to ensure you can replay each location several times and that mastering a single strategy won’t mean you’ve mastered the game.

Mini Metro is a fun game to pass the time and one that continually provides a new challenging experience.

Summary:

  • A simplistic subway management game.
  • 11 different cities to master with randomised growth patterns.
  • Three game modes (quick score, sandbox and extreme challenge)
  • Connect subway stations and deliver shape people to their intended destination.
  • For Windows and Mac.

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Mini Metro, 8.9 out of 10 based on 8 ratings
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