Design and build the most efficient metro stations known to man! Excavate. Expand. Set staff priorities. And manage the commuter flow. Overcrowd is a management/tycoon/simulator set below the bustling city of Lubdon Town.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (23) - 86% of the 23 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (472) - 86% of the 472 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 6, 2019

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The management, sandbox and building elements make Overcrowd perfect for Early Access, where we can hear your ideas, test them out and evolve the game together. Because the campaign and map generator is entirely procedural, replayability is very high.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect Overcrowd: A Commute ‘Em Up to be in Early Access for approximately one year.”

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

“Currently the game includes a procedural campaign mode, which generates with a series of increasingly difficult stations to build and manage. We have also included a sandbox freeplay mode, and a daily 'Commute of the day' challenge. This is a daily procedural challenge.

We'll be adding new features that will enable the player the maniplulate their station enviroment with greater precision as well as introduce more commuter types, more objects and more underlying systems.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“- Overcrowd is playable and stable, with many hours of fun to be had. Being an early access game, there are of course some bugs present, and the possibilty of crashes. The game will also be further optimised through devlopment. However it currently runs well and is sometimes described by testers as polished or already like a full game.
- 3 games modes: generate a 5 station procedural campaign, play the procedural daily challenge (commute of the day) or start a sandbox mode (making the game as easy or hard as you wish).
- Autosave (Campaign mode only).
- Save game system (3 sandbox save slots and one campaign slot). Steam cloud is not yet implemented.
- 2 tutorial maps.
- Mouse support only.
- Redifinable control keys (during early access not all keys, but most, can be mapped).
- Unique crowdflow mechanic. Manage the flow of your commuters via station layout, user-defined directional signage or by ushering them with staff.
- Detailed simulation. Everything from bin emptying, generator refueling, power, litter collection, heat, commuter AI and staff activities are simulated down to the individual level. The huge range of interacting systems gives scope for emergent and unpredictable gameplay.
- Procedural spatial challenge. Each level has procedurally generated terrain, offering a fresh spatial puzzle about which to design and run your station. With a choice of entrances and tracks, physical obstacles, and limited space and money, you'll have to weigh up your decisions carefully.
- Novel multi-floor building. Sculpt your station concourse down to 4 levels underground. Use escalators and lifts to get people around.
- Manage staff. In Overcrowd you have direct control over your staff. You’ll need to assemble a crack team, tool them up and deploy them to run your station in real time. You can also assign them multiple jobs with different priorities and schedule breaks if you want to be more hands off. Pausing the action by hitting space gives you time to react and plan.
- Handmade isometric pixel art. Overcrowd uses high res, handmade pixel art with no 3D engine shortcuts. View from four angles with high level zoom to see all the detail.
- Heat signatures. Anyone who’s ever travelled on the metro in summer knows the heat can get out of control. Overcrowd models temperature and gives you thermoimaging, air con and fans to help keep your station cool.
- Unlocking, upgrading, expanding. Unlock better equipment, shops and tools via the procurement (tech) tree. A large tech tree with over 100 items is already available.
- Turning a profit. Overcrowd features an economy driven by live commuter purchasing. Set shop prices and restock rates in order to make a profit and expand your station further.
-Reports. Detailed reports show station reuptation gain and loss, current incidents and stock levels of shops.
- Commuter AI. Commuters respond to their surroundings: different environmental insults will affect them in different ways - making them angry, panicked, unhappy or even diseased. Everything that happens affects your station reputation.
- Criminality. Vandals, commuter rage and pick pockets are implemented. They can be stopped cautions or a tazer tool.
- Staff behaviour. Your staff have needs too. Build a comfortable and well stocked staff room to keep them happy, rested and nourished. They also have skills and attributes which can be levelled up or improved through practice.”

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

“The base price is likely to increase upon release from Early Access.”

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

“We'll be getting your feedback from all possible channels including direct email, Facebook, Twitter, Discord, Reddit and the Steam forum.”
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“Immediately compulsive ... what’s here is already a wonderful mix of strategy”
Rock, Paper Shotgun

“Hugely satisfying ... Overcrowd seems likes a great spin on the Theme template, and I can’t wait to try it again”

“The unlock tree seems extensive, randomised environmental restrictions add an extra layer to the experience, forcing ingenuity in your multi-floor station layouts, and there looks to be enough control over individual elements - from deciding which tools your staff prioritise on their rounds to which staircase leads up and which goes down - to ensure that there are always interesting strategic and creative choices to be made. Oh, and it's wonderfully presented too.”

About This Game

Every day, millions crowd the metro in a desperate bid to get to work. Can you build and run the perfect metro station to help them make it on time?

Overcrowd: A Commute 'Em Up is a management/tycoon/theme/simulator set below the bustling city of Lubdon Town.

Excavate your way through 4 layers of earth. Design your layout carefully and plot commuter routes with user-defined directional signs. Keep things on track with a wide range of equipment to unlock and procure.

You’ll need to assemble a crack team, tool them up and deploy them to run your station in real time. You can set priorities, schedule breaks or just deploy them manually. Keep your staff room well stocked and your employees levelled and you can take you tube station to new depths.

Commuters have needs, just like you and me. The hazards of a badly run station - delays, heat, dirt, rats - will affect their state of mind and your station reputation. Beware hoodlums and pickpockets who will try to derail your operation!

Everything from bin emptying, generator refueling, power, litter collection, heat, commuter AI, shop prices, stock and staff activities are simulated down to the individual level. The huge range of interacting systems gives scope for emergent and unpredictable gameplay.

  • Procedural campaign. Build a network of stations in the procedural campaign, procuring more tech and hiring staff as you go. Return to past stations when you have more resources and try to earn a full 5 star rating!
  • Sandbox mode. Define everything from money, staff, map size and win/lose states. Make the game as easy, as hard or as creative as you want.
  • Commute of the day. Build a station on a randomly generated map, unique to that day.


"While the typical management game concerns of construction, purchasing items, hiring staff and keeping morale up are all present, Overcrowd is particularly interested in the people using your station, with an emphasis on managing the flow of the crowd"
PC Gamer

"there are elements of Overcrowd that give the game a sense of frenetic energy ... but there’s always the option to press pause and adjust without the high stakes of time ... Overcrowd is a unique meditation on a space that is ubiquitous for many people"
The Verge

"A good little early access management/construction game, cute as anything and much less casual than its' childish looks suggest ... already justifies its' price"
Canard PC

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Desktop nvidia 750ti 2gb or equivalent (integrated GPUs/lower spec mobile laptop GPUs not supported)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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