It might only be out in an alpha release so far, but Mini Metro is still one of the most addictive – not to mention fiendishly difficult – games that I’ve played for a long time.
The aim is simple: you are creating an underground network in a city that looks like a stripped down version of Eastenders. Each station and passenger has a particular shape – triangle passengers need to go to a triangle station, square passengers to a square station, and so on. Sounds easy? Don’t bet on it.
Stations and passengers spawn at different points across the map, often in the exact place that will derail the neat Circle line you’ve just built. More symbols appear, making it even harder for you to deliver your passengers to the right station without at least one station overcrowding.
You find yourself willing the clock to go around faster to Sunday when, mercifully, you are offered an add-on to your underground network. Need extra carriages on your busiest line? What about a couple of tunnels so you can join up two lines? How about a brand new line entirely? These are a lifeline for your ailing network, but you can only solve one problem at a time; choose to fix the wrong bit and you’ll lose the game quicker than you can say ‘tube strike’.
I don’t know how much the final game will offer in terms of legs, but one thing is for sure – I’m going to be dreaming about circles, triangles and coloured lines for several nights to come.
You can try Mini Metro at the Dino Polo Club site.