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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Very Positive (77 reviews) - 89% of the 77 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (3,434 reviews) - 96% of the 3,434 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 6, 2015

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July 14

Minor update

The gamma12 build is live on Steam now. This is a fairly minor update with the following changes and fixes:

  • -novignette and -notint can now be specified on the command line to hide the vignette and tint.
  • Added European Portuguese translation.
  • Fixed the crash when starting the game from within a directory named with non-ANSI characters.
  • Resuming an archived game now correctly restores the score.
  • Logging's been added around the Daily Challenge to track down the update loop it can get stuck in.

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May 27

Bug fixes and enhancements

The gamma9 build has been deployed, this includes the following changes:

  • Tidied up service calls for fetching leaderboards and the daily challenge, which means a slightly quicker UI.
  • Fixed uncommon case where the transition or engine sound would loop continuously.
  • Tapping the control key will play a quick red burst animation on top of the mouse cursor. Handy if you've lost it!
  • Fixed inconsistencies in the German translation.
  • Removed one-frame snap when continuing a scored game.
  • Screenshot and GIF save notification messages no longer persist past their useful lifetime.

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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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krypton73ftw
12.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
Factorio better step up its game 10/10
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Hallucinating Mushroom
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
A simple minimalist simulation game that can be enjoyed no matter what your skill level is. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a casual strategy game to play, or even to someone who want's to go hardcore.
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Yusuf ▄︻̷̿┻̿═━一
2.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
Fun little game where you basically have to manage train lines you build yourself, its a straight forward game not really that hard to learn, but also not easy to master if you wanna challenge yourself and go for the achievements tooo on the levels instead of the level objective alone, at the point of writing this review i completed 1 achievement the one from Paris where you have to get 1000 passengers using only 3 lines (took me alot of time but got it finally :D and can say it was worth my time xD), also tried the London one too (alot) but that one is just too hard, but that doesn't mean im not going back for it :D, because i definitely will get THAT ACHIEVEMENT WHATEVER IT TAKES :D!! One day.... :P!

But i would definitely recommend this game if you like these types of games where you have to build and manage stuff, this game would be perfect for you if you like that kind of stuff :)! This game is Fun, Time Consuming, has multiple modes (Career and Endless Mode), has good music, The gameplay and overall design of the game is well made and just looks good :)! I would definitely Recommend this game :)!!!

8,7/10 Would Rage Quit again because of the Achievements!!!
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Truck O'Saurus
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 22
This is such a nice game.

Such a simple easy way to kill 15/20 minutes. Definitely worth picking up
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LurkusMcGurkus
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
Slow paced, relaxing, simplistic. These are words that describe this game for the first minute or two of game-play where it then ramps up to what quickly becomes a hectic micromanagement nightmare. It's very fun.

8/10
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Ethena
24.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
It's a small strategy game, you draw train tracks between stations to take passenger triangle to station triangle, passenger circle to station circle and so forth. New staions pop up occationally where you don't want them, and each ingame week you can choose to get new trains, lines, tunnels etc., and the goal is to have the city running smoothly preventing the staions to get over full.

The procedurally generated sound by Disasterpeace is relaxing, a daily challange makes you come back to the game. Choose to play in different cities with different characteristics, most maps takes an hour or less to play. The game even has night mode and color blind mode incase you need that. A nice small game that keeps you on your toes.
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[BENJI] Pazooni
17.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
Challenging yet engaging despite simple graphics.
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Saith Umbrae
14.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
The most elegant resource management sim.
Highly replyable.
Mathematically sophisticated.
8.5/10
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Alegorian Bomber
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 18
I haven't played this game in a while, but looking back, you will spend an hour playing this on the sandbox mode, not worrying about anything!
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Novae
95.6 hrs
Posted: August 18
I really like Mini Metro! 9/10

If you like management games I'd totally recommend this game.
-It's fun! (no ♥♥♥♥ sherlock, but I mean REALLY fun)
-It's easy to understand
-It's as hard, or easy, as you want
-It has good simple graphix
-You can spend alot of time to gain all achievements
-It's unique, you wont find much gameplay like this

Only two small bad points:
-The tracks dont always go the way you want, you have to get used to how to place them exactly how you want.
-You are limited at how many tracks leave a station at one side.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Mini Metro is described as a puzzle game, but to me it is not. A puzzle game, to me, should pose the player with a challenge to which there might be multiple solutions, but the solutions are at least static -- a solution that gives you X points now, gives you X points tomorrow. Mini Metro does not have that, as each challenge consists of the random appearance of random city types, between which you have to draw metro lines, with random upgrades appearing ever so often. Your score depends for a large part on how the random elements appear.

The normal game allows you to remove metro lines at a whim, and most players quickly discover a cheesy tactic in this respect which can increase your score considerably. Unfortunately, this cheesy tactic is a chore to pull off, so once you have discovered it, the normal game is no fun anymore. There is still the extreme challenge for each map, which means that each line that you add is there to stay. This makes the game a lot more fun, but unfortunately in the extreme challenge the influence of the randomness on the final result is much bigger than in the normal game, as you cannot make small corrections to deal with the appearance of particularly unlucky cities (which happens quite a lot).

Finally, this game suffers from the fact that there is no "goal". There are no "solutions". You cannot say "I have solved this map". You can only say "I have been able to score 20,000 points on this map". The next time you play that map, you can try to beat your own score, but why would you? You probably were particularly lucky when you got your high score, and thus you are just replaying to see if you can get lucky again.

Despite those negative comments, I still recommend the game. It provides you with several dozens of fun hours, until you have nothing more to discover about the game. Most maps have something unique which sets them apart from the other maps. But once you have discovered each map and found a way to get a score that puts you in something like the top 10% of the players (which generally won't take long), you are done with it. Don't expect this game to have lasting appeal. But the price is right for the amount of fun that it brings.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Well it`s pretty a challenging game. Being small, though, Mini Metro features several maps like HK or London which require you to linking subway stations and deliver passengers, and each map has its own characteristics, like on normal mode in Hong Kong you will be awarded 2 locomotives weekly but the passengers grow extensively, or in Osaka you will have to choose only one Shinkansen locomotive (it runs extremely fast) or two regular conterparts (which gives you more flexibility to manage your routes). It`s easy to pick up, with no need of delibrate train to get started. But if you wanna score higher than other players you have to stick to one map for days or weeks to figure out what its mechanism really is. A good news is that it`s easily accessible for mainland Chinese players as it`s completely affordable and it features simplified Chinese :) . It`s a good stuff to take a leisure time if you don`t like FPS`s aggressive gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
95.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
I really like Mini Metro! 9/10

If you like management games I'd totally recommend this game.
-It's fun! (no ♥♥♥♥ sherlock, but I mean REALLY fun)
-It's easy to understand
-It's as hard, or easy, as you want
-It has good simple graphix
-You can spend alot of time to gain all achievements
-It's unique, you wont find much gameplay like this

Only two small bad points:
-The tracks dont always go the way you want, you have to get used to how to place them exactly how you want.
-You are limited at how many tracks leave a station at one side.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This game is perfect for those times where you just want to relax and enjoy a simple yet hard puzzle game. Its perfect if you ever want to just relax and play for fun. I really recommend this for anyone. Life can be stressful and hard so a simple game like Mini Metro is perfect for those hard times where you lose sight of whats good in life.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Challenging yet engaging despite simple graphics.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I'm a cognitive science undergraduate student. I think this piece of gem demostrated some foundamental qualities of a network model that appears often in every aspect of life.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
A simple minimalist simulation game that can be enjoyed no matter what your skill level is. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a casual strategy game to play, or even to someone who want's to go hardcore.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I dont know why, but its addictive.

should you buy it, sure why not.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
308 of 334 people (92%) found this review helpful
313 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
The most elegantly designed anxiety attack you will ever have.
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172 of 173 people (99%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
People are calling this game 'Calming,' or 'Zen.' Is it, really? The design is minimalist, and the audio is subdued, and you can pause whenever you want - but all that just disguises what is actually one of the most deviously clever and difficult puzzle games I've ever seen.

So: Stations are little shapes on the map. People show up at each little shape, wanting to go to some other shape. You connect the shapes with metro lines, and a little train will show up to ferry people along the lines you drew to get everyone where they want to go. There's a few more mechanics, but that's 90% of it.

There are only so many metro configurations you can have for any given map, but with every station that pops up, the possibilities increase in number exponentially. There's never quite enough lines or enough carriages or enough tunnels to keep all of your passengers totally satisfied. In essence, playing this game is endlessly performing triage on an ever-growing network that's a few bad decisions away from becoming an unsustainable mess and collapsing under its own weight. It's mind-warping how fast things can get out of hand if you're careless.

Forget Telltale; here, every choice you make feels genuinely heavy and difficult, because they actually are heavy, difficult choices. Crucially, though, there's always a right choice that will keep you alive for at least another week. Every game ends in you frantically trying to fix a bottleneck in your network, or deperately rerouting half your lines to ease up the congestion in one distant corner of your map - and failing. But there's always something you could have done, out of the umptillion different decisions the game threw at you.

This game is terrifying. I've been pulling my hair out. The quiet bleeps and bloops of the passengers arriving and leaving no longer register as something Calming or Zen but as something far more sinister. Needless to say, I absolutely love it.
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