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Parents' Guide to

Mini Motorways

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Highly gratifying road building sim ideal for all ages.

Game Apple Arcade , Windows 2021
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+
I think it’s very fun it is basically like a mini map

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is an extraordinarily fun game that's easy to pick up but virtually impossible to put down. Unlike a city builder simulation, in Mini Motorways, you’re only concerned about laying down roads and highways, connecting them to the main arteries for smoother flow, and building and expanding your asphalt (even over and in between waterways). It’s both relaxing and stimulating – and increasingly challenging – to keep up with the growth of your city. Again, your goal may be simple, which is to minimize traffic congestion (that you’ll see in real time), but the thrill is trying to keep up with randomly popped up buildings you need to connect to the winding streets. And as tough as it gets, and you may fail, you don’t seem to get frustrated with this game. Similar to Mini Metro, which focuses on railways rather than open roads, you need to juggle resources and time, but Mini Motorways has more unlockable accessories to keep things fresh – not to mention the variety of cities (each with their own vibe), daily and weekly challenges, and achievements.

As you grow your cities by reducing gridlock and carefully managing upgrades, its charm overtakes you in the process, like its minimalist look along with the “chill” soundtrack. As the city grows outward and thus your overhead perspective moves up higher, you’ll begin to marvel at the multi-colored homes and buildings and same-colored cars that flow between them. Dinosaur Polo Club really has created an artistic-looking game, and there really isn’t anything to complain about here. While some may want more cities to choose from, the developers do add more over time, such as their hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, and others to come. Mini Motorways is a smartly crafted and skillfully executed game that gets it right. Even if city building sims don’t seem like your cup of tea, it's highly recommend that you give this ingenious traffic-focused puzzler a try.

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