Years ago I stumbled upon a simple little flash game. It was a minimalist subway simulator called Mini Metro by developers called Dinosaur Polo Club. I played this free little game off and on and then forgot about it. I still saw their updates in my Twitter feed but the game had mostly slipped my mind.
The game, which was released on both Steam and as a paid app on Google Play and in the App Store, is now coming to the Nintendo Switch.
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.
As you play other destinations in need of transit will pop up and you’ll quickly need to connect the new transit hub with a station. But you can’t cross lines and need to make sure you’re moving people around efficiently.
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.
It’s actually quite fun. You can give the basic game a try in the original online version at the Dinosaur Polo Club website.
- Compelling, constructive, hectic, relaxed gameplay. If that makes sense.
- 3 game modes: Normal for quick games, Endless for stress-free play, and Extreme for the ultimate challenge.
- 20 real-world cities to design subways for. Each has a unique colour theme and set of obstacles.
- Supports up to 4 players. Build with your friends and argue over the best design.
- Trains! Did we mention them yet?
Mini Metro is being brought to the Nintendo Switch by Radial Games. It will be released in the Nintendo eShop on August 10th.