Mini Motorways Game Review

Mini Motorways Game Review

This is a game that Prince Brat is in love with, and I bought it via Steam Games (not affiliated). One of the main attraction is the idea behind this game. Your task is simple: design your city roads. It sounds simple, but it increases its playability. You can choose which city you want to build, and the difficulty level increases as more pins you get. This is a simulation game that requires a flexible mind, a creative plan and a lot of patience.

If you are looking for a computer game that is engaging and non- violent, then this one is for your family.

You can start with a tutorial

Mini motorways, tutorial
Mini motorways, tutorial
Mini motorways, tutorial
Mini motorways, tutorial

For the sake of the review, I have played the tutorial to show you the picture of this. A building, a house and a yellow car. All you need to do is to get the yellow car from the house to the shops. This is the map of Los Angeles, though I am not sure how accurate it is. There is a river, but you have no bridge yet.

As things get harder, you need to be more creative in your road planning. This is pretty messy for me, but since it is a tutorial, it does not matter. The black round on the top right corner is a pin, which is your score. Your level increases after a certain amount of pins. In Mini Motorways, there are a few ways a level can become difficult. They add another colour, or they place the houses in a funny position, forcing you to be creative with your planning.

Mini Motorways is cute but is what all?

Well, this is not really an adult’s game, and a child can only handle so much information. The Mini Motorways is a simulation for city building and road planning, the worst it could get, is the cars beeping at each other. When the traffic gets busy, the cars do beep, which increases stress levels after a while.

Another interesting feature is the color blind mode

Mini motorways, color-blind mode
Mini motorways, color-blind mode

You can set this in the settings, but the game detects problems if the player clicks on the wrong color too often. I had accidentally done so here. So now my blue building has turned into purple, while the red turns into a greyish- green hue. Which is great, because it promotes inclusicvitiy to a level.

If you are not convinced that this gets complicated, see Steam for some nice player captures.

Verdict

I cannot stop my kids from playing computer games, but I can encourage them to play games that promotes creativity. Mini Motorways is such a game, even with a Youtube tutorial, the game is still dependent on your child’s decision. While the tutorials help with planning (that’s how some of us learn), practice does make things easier to remember. So this is a thumbs up game from me.

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