Mini Metro

Mini Metro

Developer : Dinosaur Polo

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  • Updated:

    December 11, 2022/Dec 8, 2022

  • Size:

    231MB/161.1 MB





single player



Mini Metro is a construction-based game in which the player drives metro transport vehicles (trains and buses) through an urban map. It was created by Zach Gage in November 2013.

The player controls trains running on railroad tracks, but builds their own city with maps of different themes (for example, suburban or subway). The use of metro in the game is a metaphor for mass transit – the train system can get very crowded and people have to wait for the next train. The longer people wait, the more impatient they are, and this results to overcrowding and delays, which affects other routes as well. The player's goal is to deliver as many passengers as possible while increasing their reputation because if you do not increase your reputation enough, you will lose money in each level.


One strategy is to try to build the metro in a way that they are close to passenger hotspots. The player must also think of a way to connect nearby stations. By connecting stations, the player can increase their income faster. However, the player must be aware of the capacity of their metro. If stations have too much passengers, then the trains will start to get overcrowded, which may result to passengers' waiting for too long. And when passengers are waiting for too long, this causes overcrowding and delays on other routes.

The game has been positively received by critics. In a review for Gamezebo, Caroline Petit praised the game's "distinctive charm" and its "clever, minimalist graphics." She also provided positive feedback for the game's low price tag and hours of gameplay

Another strategy is not to build too much on one station if you are short on time, because if there are too many passengers waiting on a station and no trains arrive, it will affect your reputation negatively.

Another strategy is if you have the resources to build a new route, then the best place to build it is where it will be most effective.


In Rob Zacny's book "Beyond Word and Deed" (2011), paragraph 28 states that Mini Metro: "is a wonderful game, as charming and addictive as Tetris or Bejeweled". Zacny recommends this product to anyone who enjoys designing puzzles, but wants a game with a little more depth than many of the games on the market.

You'll need to build an efficient system of subway routes. You'll do this by adding new stations and overlapping lines! (There are two trains coming in at a time, possibly with different passengers.)


The game can be played with a mouse or keyboard.

1. Economy mode

In Economy mode, the player builds metro stations that cost money to build, rather than passengers; they must trade resources between stations to build their lines efficiently.

2. Challenge mode

In Challenge mode, the player must earn a certain amount of reputations in a specific amount of time on each level to progress. Reputation increases when the player successfully completes a station and decreases when they fail to do so.

3. Endless mode

In Endless mode, the player is challenged to build as many subway lines as possible before a disaster strikes, i.e. an earthquake, a fire or an outbreak of SARS. The player is given no resources to build stations, apart from the ones supplied by the background map, and must build or purchase cars and other vehicles to move passengers from one place to the next.


Mini Metro was created by Zach Gage in November 2013. During development, Gage wanted to create a game with a city theme. He posted it up on his website and started getting feedback after he published it on Steam Greenlight. He received many responses that said "it sucks". He wanted to see what people would do with the idea, so he made a beta version and gave it to his brother John, who had been programming games since he was eight years old. Zach liked the game so much that he decided to further develop it and release it on Steam.

Mini Metro is a great game. The idea that it's an open-ended puzzle game but with a greater social aspect is so cool. The people who play the game have different strategies and ways of playing. Some people enjoy that you can play without having to be creative, and others like the challenge of figuring out how to build fast.All about the mini metro game



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