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 (1,668 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.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to release the full version in mid 2015.”

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

“We would like to add the following features and content throughout the Early Access period:

  • procedural audio by Disasterpeace
  • the unlockable Rush Hour mode, for the ultimate challenge
  • achievements
  • trading cards

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

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Both the classic scored game and endless zen mode is fully playable in ten cities, 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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August 23

Audio on test branch

The first public release of Mini Metro's audio can be found on the test branch. We'll be pushing it to the main branch once it's had a bit of a thrash and any kinks have been ironed out. If you do check it out, please let us know if you encounter any problems! I think there may be some issues when playing with low frame rates.

Oh, and remember to enable audio in the options if it's disabled! :)

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August 10

Hotfix!

A number of bugs around animated gif export and game resuming have been squashed over the last couple of days (thanks if you sent in bug reports!). We've pushed up beta30c with all of those fixes. Please let us know if you see any more issues in that area—email logs and dodgy gif exports to peter@dinopoloclub.com.

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“Love it! Simple gameplay, deep tactics. Perfect casual game.”
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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 (well, not quite yet ... but he's working on it right now!)
  • 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: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • 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
    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: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Early Access Review
MiniMetro is an elegant subway management game from developer Dinosaur Polo Club. Game play, a matter of laying out subway routes in a growing metropolis, takes only minutes to grasp. Yet the emergent complexity of your task leads to hours of enjoyable and quite challenging play.

The genre of MiniMetro is hard to say. I’ve heard it called both a sim and a puzzle game. The truth is it has elements of both (as well as a feature or two I associate with arcade games): you are given a map of an urban area composed of stops your train lines must connect. Your job is to choose the routes for the lines as well as which lines to upgrade with extra train cars and which stops to build interchanges at. As you play more stops are added, putting a greater strain on your system. The game ends when one of your stations remains over-crowded for too long, crashing your transit system. For every week you successfully keep the transit grid running smoothly you’re rewarded with a few more resources: some extra tunnels, a new subway line, etc..

(Worth noting is that passengers are simulated individually. They are represented as shapes corresponding with the stations they want to arrive at. Thus it is easy to tell at a glance where things are going wrong. Unlike, say, Sim City, where an esoteric formula determines where businesses will flourish, the mechanics of MiniMetro’s simulation are overtly visible. I find this pleasing.)

All this sounds typical of a sim. But while MiniMetro definitely is about simulating the movements of passengers on a subway system, it stylized so as to focus solely on a design puzzle not on a recreation of reality in all its minutia. Money, scheduling, and staff are not part of the game at all. Construction is instantaneous. And if you choose to tear out a line and completely reroute it this can be done at any time at no penalty. Your task is simply to figure out how to lay out the pieces you’ve been given to deal with the ever increasing

This stylization shines in one of MiniMetro’s best features—its minimalist graphics. The entire game looks like one of those iconic London tube maps (originally designed by electrical draughtsman Harry Beck—hence the circuit-like abstracted clarity). Your “city” is composed of a general layout of bodies of water and brightly colored tube lines connecting geometric nodes. So confident are the creators of the resulting visual charm that screen capture is built into the game. The confidence is warranted.

Still in Beta at the moment, MiniMetro does have some rough edges. The most prominent is the complete absence of sound. (The developers assure that audio will be implemented any day.) More irksome is clumsiness in the interface. Rerouting lines where you’d like them is sometimes rather more difficult than the click and drag interface seems to warrant. Also, lines sometimes fail to properly bend to avoid water when it seems they should. But none of this was a significant obstacle to my enjoyment—especially as a pause button at least allowed me the time to do the needed fiddling. I still hope these wrinkles get ironed out, though.

Gameplay is fundamentally open ended. There is no point at which you’ve “solved” a city, rather you simply keep building until your system collapses. Nor is there any question of memorizing a working strategy for a given city: the stops one begins with, and the order in which they are subsequently added is randomized so that no two playthroughs are the same. This is where play felt arcade-like: even though your task is more typical of a sim or puzzler, your ultimate aim ends up being to beat your previous score, that is, to transport more Londoners (or Tokyoans, New Yorkers, etc.) than you managed to last time. It’s addicting. It’s difficult not to respond to a loss with the though “I can do better” and begin again.

To sum up, MiniMetro isn’t quite finished, but it’s already a really solid choice for people who want to grapple with a difficult design problem in a very attractive package.

[Disclosure: I received a review copy of MM from the developer.]
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Early Access Review
A fun game, has a bit of difficulty but makes you want to try harder! Can see myself getting lost in this on days off.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Early Access Review
If I ran the tube like I ran my lines here, there would be triple the strikes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Early Access Review
Really fun and engaging. One of those games that steals your time without you noticing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Early Access Review
Very fun an addicting little puzzle / strategy game. Its in early access but is very polished and only missing audio (which is coming very soon). and features very nice audio. Well worth the price and very enjoyable.
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