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?
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Release Date: Nov 6, 2015

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April 25

Multi-monitor support

Quick release today. We've just pushed the gamma8 build from test to the default branch; the most significant change is the reintroduction of the Unity configuration dialog. On Windows you can use this to select which monitor to run Mini Metro on.

To bring up the dialog, hold down the shift key when you start the game. Please note all the other settings are ignored, so you still have to change resolution in-game!

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February 9

FLAC audio

We've just pushed the gamma6 update to the default branch on Steam. The major change is that the audio is now compressed with FLAC instead of Vorbis—as a result, the download is a little bigger, but the audio is slightly higher quality and decompresses much more quickly. This is one of the first changes we've made for the mobile release that's been rolled back to the desktop build.

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Reviews

“Mini Metro makes mass transportation sublime”
83 – Kill Screen

“Très bon”
8 – Gamekult

“It's so satisfying that the moment one game ends ... you'll immediately want to start again”
Boing Boing

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?

Demo

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 Lion or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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Amalzain
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
While there are some basic goals to reach, this is really an endless game, as you lay out subways in a minimalist setting, making sure riders can efficiently get from circles to squares to triangles with a limited amount of vehicles, tunnels (for crossing water), and time. It starts off fairly peaceful, but the procedurally derived music and simple graphics belie the stress that grows as you see riders stacked up at a station, counting down until the system collapses under its own weight. It's an inevitability it will, it's just a question how long you can stave it off. Beautiful in its design and gameplay simplicity yet allowing for a depth of strategy you wouldn't expect, this is a good distillation of the Indie game ethos, and definitely worth your time.
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jcnadeau
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
great puzzle game, simple yet challenging
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OpusTheFowl
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
A great chill puzzle game...very smooth and slick..
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Scratcher_cat
( 19.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
This is the only thing that helps me sympathize with the local public transit authority.
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Chigüire
( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I fell in love with Mini Metro from the first time I saw it, when it was the result of the Ludum Dare compo. It had a brilliant strategy of releasing a web-playable demo (RIP Unity Web Player), a demo so good that you could simply play it there and not buy the game.

But the guys at Dino Polo Club announced the Early Access, which I propmptly bought, as the potential with this game was really visible. And it did not disappoint. I am someone that is not much into narratives, but rich gameplay, and this is what this game offers: rich, profound gameplay.

In Mini Metro, you are the planner of the transportation system of a very abstract city. Stations with specific shapes will pop up all around the city, and characters will pop up in those stations. These characters will wait in the station for a train to pick up them, and the characters's destination matches their own shape. You will be able to lay down the train tracks and, depending on the mode you're playing, you will be able to change them to accomodate a bigger volume of people. If too many people remain in the station, however, the station will overcrowd and a timer will start. If the timer completes, you lose.

The best part of this game, though, is the soundtrack. You will not find it anywhere, except on Gameplay videos, as it is generated for all the action that is happening in the level: when characters pop up, when you change the lines layout, etc. The music is composed by the great Disasterpeace, so if you like his music, you'll love Mini Metro's music for sure.
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Dassin
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Got old pretty fast. I like puzzle games, but I didn't feel like I was solving anything. No sense of achievement. Filing for a refund.
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sabrinaqedesha
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Sid Meier says a game is a series of interesting choices. Mini Metro pares right down to the essentials: every single action you take is an interesting choice. You will never quite have all the resources you need to make the system fully efficient, so how will you allocate what you have? Time becomes a resource -- can you afford to spend time to contemplate a better arrangement?

Playing in normal mode, each game lasts about 15-20 minutes, so it's nice for when you have a smaller block of time. The interface is more sophisticated than the minimalist-looking screenshots might lead you to believe. The sounds and music are subdued and soothing.
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gui1e46
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
A simple fune puzzler that can get frustating very quickly.

Recommended for all ages.
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masterquanker
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
By far, my favourite game in such a simplistic yet complex form. Absolutely beautiful!
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adamjadair
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Good, challenging puzzles.
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Deep♂Dark♂Fantasy
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Good game to kill time.
And I finally realized why the metro is always crowd..
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Aero
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Great game! Have had huge amounts of fun.

Only one complaint: the headache inducing background music. It sounds like a giant mechanical gnat knawing on my frontal lobes. Wish there was a way to kill the buzzing sound while keeping the beeps and bings from picking up passengers.
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iain_turner12
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
It's a gorgeous Thursday morning. You're up earlier than usual, with a spring in your step and a song in your heart. You're daily commute lies along the District Light Rail, an overground train through the outskirts of London. Perhaps not the most spectacular view, but certainly a step up from the 'scenic' grey of the underground. You've arrived a few minutes before the train is scheduled, giving you time to glance around the station.

You see a few people standing, arms crossed, seemingly scowling at the thin air in front of them. You can't empathize their gloomy mood; it's too nice a day. Far in the distance you see the train stop at the station before yours, but with only a few people at this station, you make no rush to stake out a spot.

You realize your error much too late as the coming train pulls into the station. From end-to-end the rail is packed with people, and none are getting off. They've staked their spot to take them all the way back into London, with you stuck in the station until the next one comes. Of course, it is only the one train, right? Surely this one is only packed because of the rush hour commute. Your mood sours only a little as the train takes off without you, but your spirits are lifted by the rays of sunshine washing over the land....

Several hours later, as you stand white knuckled and dripping with sweat, you pray this train will finally have some space. Your boss has called numerous times to angrily inquire as to your tardiness, and you fear your job may well be on the line if you don't show up soon. The station is now full of grumbling, groaning, greasy, grumpy Gus', and you bitterly realize you're just another one of the bunch. As you push back all the people clambering to the front of the line, you hear a horrified wail from the near end of the station. Your heart sinks rapidly as the approaching train audibly rolls into the stop, carrying with it what must be the entire London populus.

The station, now eerily quiet collectively holds it's breath, hoping, praying that there is space for them on that train. The doors open, and to your surprise, the entire station politely lets off the passengers. Well, just the one passenger, actually. A lone man, who upon exiting the train notices the unsettling silence that has enveloped the station. He clears his way slowly through the throng of people who watch as he goes by, eventually reaching the exit and leaving them behind.

A shout from the back of "IT'S MINE!" breaks the deadlock, and suddenly you and everyone else are clambering to make your way onto the train. The passengers already aboard are terrified, the train itself begins to violently rock back and forth from the wave of people crashing into it. Alarms blare in the din of it all, set off by the dislodging of the train from the tracks, but no one seems to care. It's not about getting to work, or making it to the restaurant for your date, or getting home before the kids set fire to everything. It's about getting on the train.

A loud bang echoes from nearby, and screams soon follow suit. An elderly man, clearly fed up with public transit system set up, begins to open fire with a handgun. You seem him blindly firing into the crowd, hitting men, women, children, all like fish in a barrel. Time seems to slow down as you watch the carnage unfold, people dying right in front of you, family trees uprooted with a single bullet. You try to turn and run, but you can't peel yourself away from the carnage and terror that has taken place. As you take one last look at the shooter, you find yourself staring straight into his eyes as he pulls the trigger. And as the blood drips down your forhead, you notice just how pretty the sun looks when tinted with red on this goreous Thursday morning.

So for all of you hotshot's who think this is just another game, remember: This is what happens when you let your stations get overcrowded. 10/10
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luszzy
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
You want to start a new game each time one ends
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dariuswest7
( 41.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
As elegantly simple as Go. From simple beginnings you build great complexity. This game requires all the cunning, adaptability, and masochism of effective parenting. It should be the puzzle game craze of the decade. I really want to get better at this game as it has DEPTH.
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Guy 105
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
This is a nice, simple time killing game with a clean interface and fantastic ambient music by Disasterpeace. Give it a look if you like easy to pick up games with scaling difficulty.
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Ranxi
( 21.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
I like trains.
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FlamingYeti
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
I have played very little of this game (to date), but it has been sat on my Wishlist for 2 years, and I have known about it since just after the idea for Mini Metro was conceived.

First of all, go buy this game.

It is incredibly cheap for infinite amount of fun. It's like the PC equivalent of a good mobile game. No wait-timers. No microtransactions. Nothing fiddly. Just a simple concept, that is executed to perfection.

I would however, recommend having something else to do whilst you play. Maybe watch Netflix. Maybe have Sky Go on in the background. Maybe listen to a podcast. Maybe watch some YouTube! Maybe buy all your friends copies of this fantastic little game.

The reason I say it's fantastic and that everyone should buy it, is because I believe everyone could get something out of this. Whether it be a way to relax, a fun puzzle game, an intense management game, or a way to kill time, I think anyone and everyone can, and should, get some enjoyment from this wonderful little ball of trains.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Mini Metro is a realy simple but fun game to play.

In the game you have certain 'points' on the map, that can look like a circle, square, triangle etc. Those 'points' represent metro stations. From time to time smaller icons like a circle, square, triangle etc. appear next to these metro stations.

Those smaller icons respresent a traveler who would like to go to another metro station. For example, a smaller triangle on a circle metro station, would like to take the metro to a traingle metro station. If the traveler steps in, it will not go out until it reaches a triangle station. But it will step over on a different line if it can reach such a station faster.

When you start you will just have a few metro stations, and a few lines. Every week you get more lines / locomotives / carrages or tunnels. Somethimes you will get a choice if you want for example a new line, or a new locomotive.

You also have different maps to play, that are named like cities, like London, Paris, Hong Kong.

Also in the game you only use the left mouse buttons, that is everything.
I would say a great game if you would like a simple strategy game, but you also start a new map very soon. Becasue you get 'game over' eventualy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
I fell in love with Mini Metro from the first time I saw it, when it was the result of the Ludum Dare compo. It had a brilliant strategy of releasing a web-playable demo (RIP Unity Web Player), a demo so good that you could simply play it there and not buy the game.

But the guys at Dino Polo Club announced the Early Access, which I propmptly bought, as the potential with this game was really visible. And it did not disappoint. I am someone that is not much into narratives, but rich gameplay, and this is what this game offers: rich, profound gameplay.

In Mini Metro, you are the planner of the transportation system of a very abstract city. Stations with specific shapes will pop up all around the city, and characters will pop up in those stations. These characters will wait in the station for a train to pick up them, and the characters's destination matches their own shape. You will be able to lay down the train tracks and, depending on the mode you're playing, you will be able to change them to accomodate a bigger volume of people. If too many people remain in the station, however, the station will overcrowd and a timer will start. If the timer completes, you lose.

The best part of this game, though, is the soundtrack. You will not find it anywhere, except on Gameplay videos, as it is generated for all the action that is happening in the level: when characters pop up, when you change the lines layout, etc. The music is composed by the great Disasterpeace, so if you like his music, you'll love Mini Metro's music for sure.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I like trains.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
move passengers to their destination, sounds easy right?

this game starts out quite easy with few stations and few passengers but the map constantly keeps adding new stations, always at places you wish it didn't. i can assure you that you will hate circles after playing this

at the end of each week you get a new locomotive and a choice between 2 other things (bigger station, carriage, tunnels) this also sounds quite easy but these choices become hard very soon, because you often find yourself in need of both of the options

when you overcrowd a station for too long the ranked game ends, but it gives you an option to continue in a sandbox like setting allowing you to see where you went wrong and try to improve your metronetwork

there are 11 cities all acting differently with the growth and spawns of new stations, even within a city no 2 games are alike. which gives it great replayability

I do recommend this game, its fun and addicting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Very nice. It can be very relaxing but also incredibly frustrating and challenging. Infinite replay value as there is endless mode + every level can be seen as a 'high score' challenge. Really not bad, have to overclock your brain.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Mini Metro is a very good casual game, it's simple to play but offer a lot of challenge if you want to get some high scores.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
A little overpriced since it's very repetitive... otherwise a good one. Also good for pad.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Well made logical/puzzle game. Dark mode included alongwith fast forward for ease on eyes and time. Personally not my cup of tea but if you're into repetitive puzzle games this may just be for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
I really like puzzle games and I really like trains. This combines the love of each in a minimalistic-style game - 2 birds killed with one stone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Really great strategy/planning game. Fun to play your favorite cities and compete with your friends' high scores.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 7
General
A great game to play if you want to spend a few hours playing. This game is an easy chilled game but can also be a hard thinking strategy game.

UI
The UI is brilliant, an easy simple great looking interface. Love the graphics of the subway trains running in the background.

Graphics
Brilliant game play for a small game. There are many maps to choose from in which you will have to score a certain amount of points to unlock the next map (level). They become harder and harder to build your rail the longer you last. There are many different game play modes which makes the game a easy chilling or a hard thinking strategy game.

I would recommend this game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
This is a puzzle game I sincerely enjoyed. The mechanics of the game offer a depth which takes a long time to master, but is really easy to get into. The game uses minimalistic aesthetics which work really well, it doesn't overwhelm you with information but it still gives you everything you need to know to have an enjoyable experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
An extremely simple but thoroughly enjoyable puzzle game.

Even though the UI and mechanics could be described in a couple of sentences, the complexities build up and intelligent planning is required to do well.

Definitely worth it if you want something casual to pass the time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
This game is a minimalist masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
A very enjoyable, minimlist, puzzle game with a great aesthetic. The game offers a very fair gradient for gradually increasing the challenge while offering its players plenty of variety. With daily challenges, a nice selection of maps, and some very challenging achievements, this game provides lots of entertainment for the cost.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
This is an elegant puzzler that has you constructing stylized subway lines in big cities and avoiding overcrowding at stations for as long as possible. There's not much else to it other than daily challenges with leaderboards, a mode that makes all your tracks permanent and a mode that disables terminal overcrowding. It's kind of like if Train Valley was a survival game.

The two main problems are that the music (which is automatically generated from train movement and passenger sounds) might get grating after a while, and stations popping up seemingly randomly enough that games are as much up to chance as they are up to your on-the-spot problem solving ability. That last one's not so much of a problem if you can handle stress and are good at performing triage, but Cities in Motion this ain't. I do recommend this - I can see it being something you play while you're commuting yourself. Bonus points for having a night mode at any rate.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Mini Metro is by far one of my favourite games. You're given the challenge of building a metro system that successfully links people to the destinations of their choices without overwhelming the network or resulting in waiting too long at any one station. It's remarkably zen but also remarkably challenging... and I can't help but love to play this game!

I particularly love the daily challenges which provide their own constraints but which can only be attempted once.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
OMG I LOVE THIS GAME
It's really simplistic but so much fun xD
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Great game for people with interest in controlling a system
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
This game should not be this addictive
10/10
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