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New app lets you design your own subway system

Posted by Derek Flack / March 7, 2014

Mini metro subway appTransit geeks won't be getting much work done over the next few days. New app Mini Metro, which allows users to build their own subway system is perhaps surprisingly addictive given its bare bones design and feature-set. Recently released in a trial (alpha) version, I get the sense that the game will particularly appeal to Toronto transit types, given this city's fascination with fantasy transit maps, DRL-dreaming, and lamentation over the ridership numbers on the Sheppard Subway (or, ahem, the 4 line).

You start with three unconnected stations and try to keep up with the demands of an ever growing city. If you can keep you're system running without suffering from station overcrowding, upgrades become available to you. Um, in case anybody thought transit design is a cinch, the first thing you should know is that this game is difficult. But, unlike, say, Toronto politicians, if you pay heed to your mistakes, it gets easier. Let's make sure every councillor and TTC board member plays this a few times.

Play the game here.


Discussion

13 Comments

McRib / March 7, 2014 at 09:24 am
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i'm not driving a mini metro, i'm not driving a mini metro, i'm not driving a mini metro.
NotThatDave / March 7, 2014 at 09:26 am
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Must...resist...urge...to...play...again...
idz. / March 7, 2014 at 10:24 am
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I know my system certainly wont be going to the rural outposts of Etobicoke or Scarborough.
Blah / March 7, 2014 at 10:32 am
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All right. High score roll call.

245
Blah replying to a comment from Blah / March 7, 2014 at 11:05 am
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Getting better at this - 547
steve / March 7, 2014 at 11:40 am
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You could make it impossible to keep up by letting Howard Moscoe run it for a few years. Once he gets his hands on it expect all innovation to stop and wages to skyrocket
HScore / March 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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High Score of 428... time to apply for mayorship of Toronto?
I know what the taxpayers want... / March 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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...MiniMetros! MiniMetros! MiniMetros!


It's called RESPECT for the (Sim)TAXPAYER.
Toucan Sam / March 7, 2014 at 03:16 pm
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They should make an app that lets you build a streetcar system. That's what we really need anyways. Get rid of the stupid subways and no more cars on the roads downtown. If we built a better streetcar network we wouldn't need them!
Jason / March 7, 2014 at 05:24 pm
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621. I will accept the nomination for TTC Chair
KD / March 9, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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629. Vote for me!
SKY_PILOT_ / March 10, 2014 at 01:18 am
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I DO NOT NEED THIS!
WHY DO I CARE TO DESIGNING MY OWN SUBWAY SYSTEM?
I AM NOT A NERD!
I KNOW NERDS ARE BACK BUT SO ARE SOCIALS!
Jordan / March 12, 2014 at 02:11 pm
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This game is wicked! TransitNerds... UNITE!

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