Mini Metro is a strategy simulation game about designing a subway map for a growing city. Draw lines between stations and start your trains running. Keep your lines efficient by redrawing them as new stations open. Decide where to use your limited resources. How long can you keep the city moving?
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,817 reviews) - 97% of the 1,817 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 11, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Mini Metro has been in open development since September 2013. We've had such a positive experience throughout the alpha that we decided to continue development in Early Access.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The full version will be released on the 6th of November, 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We are in the final phase of polish before releasing Mini Metro on the 6th of November, 2015.

You can see the list of remaining tasks, including plans for possible post-release features, on our Trello board.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Almost there! We're working on non-critical bug fixes and one final feature that we're holding back for release.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Mini Metro is now at the release price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We have an active community that we stay in touch with through Twitter, Facebook, and our own discussion forums. The community has already helped us shape the design of Mini Metro through the alpha, and we plan on continuing that through Early Access and post-release.”
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October 7

Beta 36, and a release date!

Beta 36 is live! The major changes are:

  • Some small (but important!) fixes to the pathfinding. Trains now shouldn't skip past full stations at inopportune moments.
  • Re-enabled Turkish and Danish languages as their translations near completion.
We're making a lot of progress in tracking down the last known crash bug that sometimes occurs when dragging trains. We'll make another release when this has been fixed.

Also, we have a release date! Mini Metro will be leaving Early Access on November the 6th. We're working on one new feature to launch with, we're pretty sure you'll like it!

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The dragging-train crash has been found and fixed! A new beta36 with that fix (a well as a change to the OS X fullscreen mode) has been pushed live.

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August 30

Upcoming price increase!

We've just pushed beta33 with a few tweaks to the audio and a number of stability fixes. As of beta31 we've been getting automatic exception reports through Unity Cloud Services, which is making it much simpler to find and fix all sorts of issues—wish I'd known about it months ago! :)

Now that the audio is in and a release date is looking closer, we'll soon be increasing the price of Mini Metro. The original intention, back in August 2014, was to steadily increase the price until launch as the planned features were added. The first increase was always going to be happen when audio went in ... seemed like a good idea back when we expected it in after only a few months.

So, if you're waiting to pick up Mini Metro, now's your chance! If you already do (thanks!), tell your friends to get in while the going's good. Preferably all of them, repeatedly. Just keep at it until they cave.

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“Love it! Simple gameplay, deep tactics. Perfect casual game.”
MC Frontalot

About This Game

In Mini Metro, you take on the task of designing the subway layout for a rapidly expanding city. Your city starts with three stations. Draw routes between these stations to connect them with subway lines. Commuters travel along your lines to get around the city as fast as they can. Each station can only hold a handful of waiting commuters so your subway network will need to be well-designed to avoid delays.

The city is growing. More stations are opening, and commuters are appearing faster. The demands on your network are ever-increasing. You'll be constantly redesigning your lines to maximise efficiency. The new assets you earn every week will help immensely — as long as they're used wisely.

Eventually your network will fail. Stations will open too quickly. Commuters will crowd the platforms. How long the city keeps moving is up to you.

Key Features

  • Compelling, constructive, hectic, relaxed gameplay. If that makes sense. It doesn't though, aye? You just gotta play it.
  • Three game modes: Normal for quick scored games, Endless for stress-free sandbox play, and Extreme for the ultimate challenge.
  • Eleven real-world cities to design subways for (London, New York City, Paris, Berlin, Hong Kong, Osaka, Saint Petersburg, Montreal, São Paulo, Cairo, and Auckland). Each has a unique colour theme, set of obstacles, and pace.
  • Random city growth, so each game plays out differently. A strategy that proved successful last game may not help you in the next.
  • Each game's map is a work of art, built by you in the classic abstract subway style of Harry Beck. If you think it's a keeper, save it, tweet it, show it off or make it your desktop background!
  • Soundtrack by Disasterpeace
  • Colorblind and night modes.
  • Trains! Did we mention them yet?


You can check out Mini Metro for yourself and play a game on the London map in the demo. The demo uses the Unity webplayer, so you'll need the Unity plugin (Windows and OS X only unfortunately).

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.7 Lion or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Early Access Review
Simple, accesible, fun.
Can be played in 5 minute spurts.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Early Access Review
Temporary Line & Pause are the points of this game, kind of unrealistic but I think it's a nice strategy game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Early Access Review
kindergarten lied to me, squares, triangles and circles aren't easy!
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68 of 72 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Early Access Review
Mini Metro is a game that allows the player to teach all those transportation moguls how to properly setup a metro grid, or how to properly fail at doing so. Odds are it will be the latter.
It's an incredibly fun and challenging game, that will leave the player looking for the best possible routes.

Transportation is the center of the world! It is the glue of our daily lives. When it goes well, we don't see it. When it goes wrong, it negatively colors our day, makes us feel angry and impotent, curtails our possibilities.

Robin Chase

Without any further delay, I present to you my review of Mini Metro.

If riding a metro is part of your daily routine, you'll either be extremely interested in trying Mini Metro out, or completely uninterested.
The goal is to "survive" as many days as possible by having customers happy, which means providing them transportation without having to spend much time waiting for it. As you can easily imagine, that's pretty simple to do, but as the game goes on, not only will the map increase, more stations will also start appearing, which can, sometimes, force the player to redo all the lines.
At the end of each week there will be a couple rewards, from more locomotives, to carriages, tunnels and extra lines, all of which can be used to make life easier. But choose wisely, as you may find yourself in need of either reward sooner than you think.
It's up to the player to make sure they don't end up like all the metro companies in the world, full of angry customers.

  • Really good concept;
  • Has a feel of progression looking at the map grow as the game goes on;
  • Minimalist UI, containing everything that's needed and nothing more;
  • Beautiful design;
  • If you ever get eye sore from all the white background, you can also change to night mode, and vice versa;
  • Doesn't get too repetitive, as the starting stations are randomized;
  • Various city maps;
  • Active development team;
  • Price.

Considering it's an Early Access (EA) game, I've decided to add a "Neutral" category, for details I consider important, but not gamebreakers, and could easily improve the gameplay if attended.

  • Lack of a soundtrack/sound effects (which is already part of the developers' plan);
  • Would be nice to see different vehicle models, even if only for each country/city.

Not much to point out "Cons" wise, as the game is pretty solid.

  • Once you get the hang of it, it sort of becomes trivial.

I'd give it a 9/10, as it offers the player a nice and relaxing experience, as well as a nice change from the current gaming trend.
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57 of 64 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Early Access Review
Mini Metro is a simplistic strategy game where you must design train lines connecting different parts of one of many major cities. You begin with three lines, three trains and some tunnels (number of tunnels depends on the city) and each week you unlock a new train to use as well as one of two other things such as a new line, more tunnels and carriages to attach to your existing trains. As time goes by new stations will open and you'll need to connect them to existing lines or create entirely new lines, managing your lines effectively is key as the game ends when a station is overcrowded for too long.

+Simple but fitting art style, it looks just like London Underground maps and I can't think of anything that would suit this game better
+The controls are nice and simple, all you have to do is drag your mouse from one station to the next in order to connect them
+Already quite a few different cities to try out
+It's incredibly relaxing to play
+If the default game is too bright for you (if you have sensitive eyes like myself you may find this) then you can turn on Night Time mode which makes everything considerably darker
+The UI is very basic and stays out of your way most of the time which really adds to the feeling that you're looking at a real map
+There's a number of different types/shapes of stations, having to connect one of each type to each line to move passengers effectively adds a nice level of challenge to the game
+As well as the normal gamemode which I briefly explained earlier there is also an endless mode where station overcrowding does not end the game and your only goal is to make your city as effecient as possible
+Station positions are different every time you play
+As is expected of such a game you can fast forward time as well as pause (pausing is very handy if you want to completely redesign all of your lines)

+/-Sound has now been added to the game but personally I think it's a little too basic, there aren't any sound effects for the trains themselves, just your actions, e.g. connecting up two stations.

Essential Purchase

A simplistic strategy game that has a great concept, a fitting art style, simple controls, simple gameplay and is ever so relaxing to play. If you're looking for a simple strategy game to play or you're a regular user of the trains in one of the playable cities then you really need this game.

No drama, Just Reviews?

El K.
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