I've been hooked on Mini Metro all week. Here's a $10 eShop game that I only discovered while combing through Metacritic. It's the sort of game I'd probably have overlooked otherwise. I mean, if I had looked at screenshots it would have probably appeared way too simplistic to me.
It is simple, by the way. But also deep. Mini Metro tasks you with organizing subway lines in major cities. That's it. But unlike other such games (Railway Empire for example), this one is very arcade in spirit. You're not playing the long game here. Nope. You simply begin a line with three stops, and keep expanding using limited resources until you fail and it's game over. This adds an urgency to an otherwise chill experience.
Runs last somewhere between five and fifteen minutes for me. The result is a game that keeps me in a "just one more game" zone. And even though there is some stress that unfolds as your systems grow, the whole thing feels very zen. From the minimalist graphics (brightly colored lines on white background) to the atmospheric soundscapes, this is a really good zone-out game.
In short, this is like a Tetris-style city builder. You're playing survival. You will fail. But how long can you keep it going? It's a true score attack game where your biggest competition is your own high scores. I made a personal goal of hitting at least 500 on each map. My current high score is 1,400 on one of them.
Mini Metro is an awesome game. Highly recommended.