I’ve invested a good portion of the past few years in Mini Metro and recently come to realise that this may be the ideal game.
Ever since the developers at Dinosaur Polo Club launched an online free-to-play little game called Mini Metro, I have been obsessed with it. When they released the full version of the game on Steam, I immediately bought it and played it for hours.
What It Is
The game, as the official website puts it:
is a minimalistic subway layout game. Your small city starts with only three unconnected stations. Your task is to draw routes between the stations to connect them with subway lines. Everything but the line layout is handled automatically; trains run along the lines as quickly as they can, and the commuters decide which trains to board and where to make transfers.
You have to manage a metro system as it gradually grows with new stations and more commuters.
Why It Works
The beauty of the game is its simplicity. It’s all well and good having enormous cinematic games with complicated crafting and inventories and multiplayer and weapons, but sometimes the thing that is really needed is an easy concept and a lot of room for expansion.
You start with a basic, familiar setup, then you gradually unlock more features and more maps. It’s easy to understand and the learning curve adds the sense of challenge and keeps you coming back for more. They’ve also added new modes to the game where you can keep expanding your network endlessly or challenge yourself by not being able to correct your mistakes.
It’s also just a beautiful game to look at and the subtle music is timed with events in the game. New passengers pop up and give a little sound effect in time with the music which, did I mention, is produced by Disasterpiece (the people who did my favourite horror movie soundtrack of all time for It Follows).
I definitely recommend sitting down and chilling out with this little game. It’s simple and it’s beautiful.
Featured image Copyright Dinosaur Polo Club.