The Dinosaur Polo Club, game developers from New Zealand, have developed the Mini Metro transport game. According to their website, “Mini Metro is a minimalist subway simulation game about designing efficient subway networks. The player must constantly redesign their line layout to meet the needs of a rapidly-growing city.”
It’s a fun and addictive transport game that also teaches some lessons about public transport network design. Jarrett Walker has an excellent post Learning from “mini metro” describing how Mini Metro is like and unlike real public transport network planning. His analysis provides an excellent summary of key points in real public transport network planning, it’s very well worth reading.
I really enjoyed playing an early version of Mini Metro in spring 2014 and the new version is even better. The developers are continuing to work on it along with a quite active player community. It’s a very exciting project and we wish them great success.