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 (510 reviews)
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.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to release the full version in November 2014.”

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

“The following features and content will be added throughout the Early Access period:

  • the full complement of cities (see the list and discussion here)
  • procedural audio by Disasterpeace (he scored the trailer!)
  • Scenic mode, for endless sandbox play
  • the unlockable Rush Hour mode, for the ultimate challenge
  • achievements
  • trading cards

You can see the full list of tasks on our Trello board.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The classic, scored game is fully playable in three cities (London, Paris, and New York City), with leaderboards for each.

We'll be adding the remaining functionality and content, tweaking game balance, and fixing bugs (not that we plan on adding any, but ... you know) every week or two.”

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

“Mini Metro will be available at a reduced price while it remains in Early Access. The base price after release will be $8.99.”

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 22

Beta 8

We have a rather boring update with beta8, which is now live. The only changes are performance-related. If it was already running a fair clip on your computer, then you likely won't notice anything. For mid-range computers it will hopefully run at a faster frame rate, and more consistently.

I know it sounds a little ridiculous that a game as simple as Mini Metro doesn't run at 1000 frames / second, but there are always plenty of opportunities to write obscenely slow code and we took most of them. :)

In other news, there's already a new build (beta8a) with minor changes up on the test branch. Both coders are now working full-time on the project for the rest of 2014. This means we'll hopefully be able to get 2 - 3 builds a week up on to test. New builds will go on to the release branch every 1 - 2 weeks.

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September 29

Beta 7

Beta 7 is here, and with it comes flexible railcars. Locomotives and carriages can now be dragged onto new lines and trains, as appropriate, once they've been placed.

Changes:

  • Locomotives and carriages can be dragged from their current position and attached to other lines and trains.
  • Passenger and station icons have been cleaned up.
  • Passengers are packed more closely together at stations, and kerned.
  • São Paulo is playable.
  • Each link displays only one tunnel, even if multiple crossings are made.
  • Game interface is scaled correctly at very low resolutions.

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Reviews

“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: Commuter for quick scored games, Scenic for stress-free sandbox play, and Rush Hour for the ultimate challenge. (only Commuter is in so far, Scenic will follow soon)
  • Three real-world cities to design subways for (London, New York City and Paris), with many more being added before release. 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 (well, not quite yet ... but he's working on it!)
  • 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

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I love this game. It takes place in an alternate universe where commuters patiently wait for the next train when the current one looks full.
Posted: October 17
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game will make you hate circles. 9/10
Posted: October 4
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This Game is fantstic! It is very casual and has a very short loading time which makes it easy to jump into. It exersizes your brain but is still quite addictive. I bought this game not expecting much but I was very pleasantly surprised! 9/10!
Posted: October 11
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is one of the greatest games to play when I'm not in the mood for blowing up stuff. This game is a masterpiece in with evoking a seriously zenergetic feeling (yes I know I just used a made up word that combines zen and energetic into one, but you know what I think? F**k it.) The game doesn't require anything to play, purely an open mind that can be plunged into pressure at any moment. Tension and tranquility are two of the most important factors in video gaming for me, and this Mini Metro nails both. I plan on buying whatever games DPC puts out, as their first has been purely spot-on.

Some minor issues that you may take problem with before purchasing (I didn't, but some people may):
  • No music or sound. I know this is a major setback for some, but I honestly thought my music library suffices. DPC has stated that there will be audio in the final game (which should be expected of any game anyway), but I don't think it's too big a lack at the moment.
  • A fairly limited levelset. There are currently eight levels, some of which have no major differences. Here's what the devs had to say:
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    We're aiming to release Mini Metro with 5 - 10 playable cities, with more added post-launch.
    Hopefully we'll get some variation/new obstacles.
  • Lacks content for the price. But it's still fun.

Finally, here's my summary/tl;dr/whatever:
An amazing game that you should most certainly give money to, minor problems (including lack of music) will be fixed before/by launch. And it's seven f**king dollars. Who can't afford a seven dollar game? And if you for some reason don't want to pay seven dollars for this beautiful creation, then you can wait for the mobile one to be released! I see no reason why anyone should have an excuse not to buy this game.
Posted: October 9
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I love the visual design and the gameplay is hectic but fun!
Posted: October 9
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
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I just picked it up today, and I must say it's an amazing game. Easy to pick up, but a ton of fun and with nice simplistic visuals.

10/10
Posted: September 25
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is AMAZING! The graphics look excellent, it is challenging, fun, addictive and more. You get a map of a city with a few stations you work out where you want the lines to go, you get three lines to begin with and three locomotives. If you make it through to the next week (Sunday) you get to choose if you want to get a new line, tunnel or carriage as well as a locomotive which can be used on any current line or saved for a new line that you choose to build.

This game is very impressive and it is still being developed, I am excited to see what the final result is as I already think this game fully deserves a 10/10 rating. It is well worth the £4.99 I spent on the game.
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Whilst I've tried plenty of similar games, what makes this awesome is the controls - basic but responsive. Does what you want, when you want, leaving you to enjoy the horribly addictive gameplay.
Posted: October 12
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Very addictive.
Posted: October 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I originally saw this game featured on YouTube and thought I would give it a try. This is the perfect game for when you just want to sit and chill out. It's not complicated to learn, you're just creating a Metro map, but I found myself really tyring to improve the efficiency of my Metros. Wonderfully simplistic UI. Just one change I would make - a legend so you know how many locomotives and carriages you have on each line. Perfect in everything else.
Posted: October 5
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Fun, not very complay game to play if you just want to relax, but when it gets later also very challenging. However, i hope music will be implemented very soon.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Probably the simplest transport sim out there, but is incredibly addictive and new features are being added all the time. One of those great little games you can pick up anytime and have a quick game.

Looking forward to seeing the extra features on the horizon!
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I haven't been lured to write any game review till date, but I couldn't resist the urge to express how I feel about this game in specific. Although from a scale point of view, Mini Metro is probably one of the smallest games I have ever played, but this game will give you an amount of "addiction time" mega scale games can't compete with!

Mini Metro get's you hooked on little things with very deep and addicting strategy addiction. Being able to play a strategy game with little things such is very rewarding. Things like
a) How should I divide my routes
b) Which stations should I create connections
c) Should I increase carriage or lines
d) which stations should connect to which lines

I am a fan of large scale strategy games from Sim Cities to Tycoons to Business Sims, but this simple, minimalist yet very enjoyable game gives you instant joy without needing to wait ages for results of your strategic decisions. This is extremely valuable if you are a busy person and don't have time to play games that need hours for things to shape up!

If you like strategy games and would like to get a chance of playing strategy games in casual mode, I don't thing anything can currently beat Mini Metro. Absolutely wonderful!
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
It's simple and fun. Needs some music and fx. Very recommended if it's below 4€.
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is a good game.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
NON-SERIOUS REVIEW:

The goal of this game is to build a subway, and then be more sucessful than Rob Ford. Watch your station platforms though, if any of them start to look like Bloor-Yonge Station its game-over and you will have to start over again.

SERIOUS REVIEW:

Mini Metro is a minimalist game where you build subway stations in an attempt to maintain passenger efficiency. It gets harder as stations randomly appear as the days pass and more people are in need of transit. Like all great puzzle games this one has both a CLASSIC (Commuter) mode and a ZEN (Senic) mode.
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
1 Word Only ... Superb !!!
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Mini Metro is very minimalistic in design and the mechanics can be easily grasped after a few plays. I like the colour scheme and the simple shapes. Pity there isn't any relaxing music and sound effects so far, it'll definitely make the game experience a lot more engaging, like, say, a beeping sound when a station gets too crowded. The game can be quite repetitive, but as someone who likes playing task-oriented games, it's perfect for me. I think introducing trophies would be a good idea to create a sense of achievement, and also introduces a challenge for players.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game taught me I'd be a terrible town planner. You too can learn that you would suck aswell by just spending mere moments with this game. 10/10
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Lovely game. Actually alpha, not much bugs and increasing features.

Time after time there will pop up station points. You have to connect them with the metro lines you have. After a week you'll get new resources. Choose wisely: A new line ore more tunnels/bridges.
Posted: October 7
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