In addition to our 2021 Major Game Awards, every member of the PC Gamer team has focused on the games they love this year. For the rest of this month, we will release the new employee draft and our main awards.
Mini Motorways is the seemingly crazy traffic management mini game I dream of. Imagine the city: The skyline condenses the most basic challenges related to roads, except that it is based on cities in real life, with a lot of intelligent randomization and cute, simple, and multi-color aesthetics. That is a mini highway.
The game’s developer, Dinosaur Polo Club, has continued to add features, and since its debut on Steam in 2021, it has seen several major updates-less than two after its initial (frankly criminal) exclusive Mac OS and IOS release year.
So far, it is full of functionality and fun, thanks in large part to the fact that the developers seem to really listen to their audience-which in itself is a rare and precious thing.
As the name suggests, Mini Motorways’ goal is to manage traffic. You only start in Los Angeles, but as your points accumulate, you can unlock other cities and travel to more challenging maps. Not only does each map have great replay value, the developers will also release challenge maps every week or even every day to test your skills, and have a leaderboard to measure your mobility.
When you first enter the Mini Motorways map, you will see simple controls and an overwhelming sense of calm.it seem Just like you are experiencing a very Zen experience, when your citizens arrive at their destination, you will receive fascinating music feedback. Through these soothing sounds and the initial soft rhythm, it will give you a false sense of security. “I just like drawing the road of Xiaofeng; this is my happy place… Oh look, another cute little house suddenly appeared. Hello, little house,” you talked endlessly.
However, as your city gradually develops from sparsely populated homes and businesses to a noisy metropolis, be prepared to let your brain muscles use their problem-solving capabilities. Without warning, it smashed a building into a completely inaccessible place, and now your perfectly considered route needs to be readjusted-but it all depends on the characteristics of the dice you rolled in the previous episode. Your choice of a roundabout at a traffic light, bypass, or bridge can be the difference between order and absolute chaos.
Your salvation? Pause and night mode…because it will unlock you when you inevitably lose sleep on an unfathomable route. To be honest, this game gives me a deep respect for people who manage traffic flow for a living.
This is a game that really tests you and requires deep planning, resourcefulness and insight. It feels great to beat it, but if you slip and fall, your game is completely paralyzed. A wrong decision, you either have to deal with an intersection similar to the infamous Hanoi, or let the poor commuters make an hour-long diversion in the wilderness-of course, you can demolish the road and repaved more effectively They, but they must first understand… that evil timer is ticking faster and faster.
Although this game makes me feel crazy and stressed, it also makes me feel very fulfilled. Just like Mini Motorways is actually teaching me important life skills or other things, which I didn’t expect from the traffic simulation.I feel a real challenge in the ability to predict bottlenecks and plan ahead and use limited resources under pressure to solve very difficult space problems [frantically scribbles down CV notes]. When I fail, I also feel able to stand up and start again-thanks to the sudden end of every game, in the complete chaos, I always find myself eager to solve this problem again; anyway, not every game very long.
“There is still a 10-minute challenge,” she said, and three hours later, her eyes were bloodshot.
For me, Mini Motorways has become a safe (and fast-loading) city: the Skyline Driving Range is also my first choice for lunch breaks. Now all I have to do is figure out how to apply my new skills to the big boy city builder game, and I am the winner.
Although it is a weird educational game, Mini Motorways is the most exciting traffic manager I have ever played. This is why I chose it as my personal choice.