Mini PC Freeways Review – But Why Tho? A community of geeks


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Business simulators are kind of a niche, but they have a very dedicated and loyal fan base. I recently had the chance to check out Mini highways on the heels of their new Challenge City update, and it’s perhaps one of the best of its kind.

Created by Dinosaur Polo Club, Mini highways is an adaptation of their other hit game Mini-metro. Point of Mini highways is to build roads in several cities inspired by real life to take citizens to the desired destinations. Specific colored cars must drive to specific colored buildings, and you have traffic and road management tools to place. Every time a driver reaches their destination, you get a point. Sounds simple, right? WRONG. As the city grows, the challenges stack up and eventually reach a point where you can’t go on and lose. It’s not a matter of if but when you lose, but the gameplay loop is quite nice.

The best part of Mini highways is the variety. There are a decent amount of color types that you need to associate with specific routes, and the confusion only increases as different types are added. The cards, although there are only twelve at the moment, are all distinctly different. Some, like Zurich, feature mountains that you will have to build tunnels through to navigate. Others, like Los Angeles and Tokyo, have rivers that can often get in the way if you don’t have enough bridges. It’s easy to get started when there are only a few building options to place, but the variety quickly makes the game difficult enough to get higher scores.

I keep coming back to the word “challenge” for a good reason, since the latest update, Challenge City, offers even more challenges to make the experience worth it. The concept of the update adds weekly and daily challenges that pit the community into a traffic management nightmare… er… I mean, a contest. Each challenge is unique and can limit you at times, but I noticed a few that actually made progress easier and at a faster pace. I really enjoyed the variety of challenges I was able to tackle from the get-go, and can’t wait to see what else they come up with. You can also see how you stack up against the rest of the world when it comes to scores in the Weekly and Daily Challenge Cities.

Beyond feeling good to play, Mini highways is an absolutely beautiful game. The atmosphere created by the Dinosaur Polo Club is impeccable. The minimalist design of every car, building and road works flawlessly and keeps the game from feeling too overwhelming. Even when your game is filled with intertwined highways, the low-profile design makes it quite manageable. The music, while I would have liked it to have been more varied, helps create a feeling of relaxation in an otherwise chaotic game. The combination of cool design and hectic gameplay works way better than I would expect.

While Mini highways isn’t going to present you with an incredible story or extremely varied mechanics, the experience is one that you will want to come back to over and over again. There are seemingly endless options to choose from, and Challenge City’s new update is taking it to the next level. If you are looking for a game that can be played for 5 minutes or 5 hours, Mini Motorways is absolutely worth every second of your time.

Mini Motorways is now available on Steam and Apple Arcade.

Mini highways

9/10

TL; DR

While Mini highways isn’t going to present you with an incredible story or extremely varied mechanics, the experience is one that you will want to come back to over and over again. There are seemingly endless options to choose from, and Challenge City’s new update is taking it to the next level. If you are looking for a game that can be played for 5 minutes or 5 hours, Mini Motorways is absolutely worth every second of your time.

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