METROVILLE - twisted solitaire puzzle

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION OF METROVILLE


Before I started MetroVille I had 2 goals with this concept: making a mind game without loose parts and making a SmartGame that not only appeals to children but also to adults. That's why this game looks more serious and abstract than the other Smart Games I invented.


RIGHT ON TRACK

The inspiration for MetroVille was obviously a subway. The object of the game is for the player to turn the switches until a metro can ride over the tracks in the order indicated on the challenge card. This is a double challenge because it can be difficult to be sure that you’ve orientated the tracks correctly, so players also need to check their result with the solution. Since you can make your metro ride over the tracks in more than one way, this is often the most difficult part of the challenge.


8 CITIES, 8 DIFFERENT START POSITIONS

There are 8 challenge cards, each with specific starting positions for the switches (indicated in the middle of the card). Each card is named after a big city with an extensive subway system. On each card there are 8 different challenges from easy to difficult. This means you only need to change the location of the switches every 8 challenges. It would have been better if you didn’t need to change the location of the switches at all, but I couldn't generate enough interesting challenges this way. Every starting position has its own strong and weak points and after 8 challenges it is time to move on to another city.


Because of the different cities/challenge cards it’s not possible to play all challenges in the right order from easy to difficult like you do with other SmartGames. For each city you start again with an easy and end with the most difficult one. The best city to start with is Paris, because the challenges on this card are slightly easier than the one on the other cards. That’s why I always use this city when I give demonstrations and people play the game the first time.


I am not a great puzzler. I prefer creating puzzles to solving them. Some people can search for a solution for 20 or 30 minutes, while I usually get frustrated after about 10 minutes. But I really liked solving this one, perhaps because I could do it quite quickly. Since I play my own games more than I want to, before I ask other people to test them, this was rather helpful.


64 CHALLENGES

Some people find this game complex, but that is only their impression when they first start playing. My own experience and the results from all the people who tested the game indicate the opposite. This is one of the reasons why there are 64 challenges instead of the usual 48, because they are quick to solve and I always try to keep the total time you need to solve all challenges similar for all SmartGames.


The challenges for this game were also calculated with a computer program that Saskia had written. And some of those challenges were even more fun than the ones I created. Sometimes a solution takes you through several loops around the same track. This is a nice example of doing more with less. The same switch can give a different result, depending of the direction you drive your metro over it.


REVIEWS AND OTHER LINKS

  1. igrudom.ru: Головоломка с маршрутами Subways.

  2. www.deskovehry.com (CZ): Recenze: Metro - stavějte tratě pod Paříží, Tokyem nebo Moskvou

  3. Toy are Tools: Puzzle for train lovers

 


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2016

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

PENGUINS POOL PARTY

PARKING PUZZLER

IQ-XOXO

DEDUCKTION

DINOSAURS MYSTIC ISLANDS

WALLS & WARRIORS

SMARTCAR 5x5

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES JR

HIDE & SEEK JUNGLE

NORTH POLE EXPEDITION

GHOST HUNTERS

AV MUTATION


2015

THREE LITTLE PIGGIES

BUTTERFLIES

IQ-BLOX

IQ-CANDY

PENGUINS PARADE

2014

QUADRILLION

BRAIN CHEESER

CITY MAZE

IQ-STEPS


2013

BUNNY BOO

VIKINGS BRAINSTORM

BACK 2 BACK

IQ-LINK

AB UNDER CONSTRUCTION

AB ON TOP


2012

TEMPLE TRAP

BILL & BETTY BRICKS

BEND-IT

IQ-FIT

NOAHS ARK

AQUABELLE

2011

PENGUINS ON ICE

TRUCKY 3

TROY

IQ-TWIST


2010

CHICKEN SHUFFLE

ANACONDA

CANNIBAL MONSTERS

SMARTCAR

SMARTPHONE


2009

TITANIC

DAY & NIGHT


2008

ROADBLOCK

METROVILLE

ALCATRAZ

2007

CAMELOT JR

CASTLE LOGIX

GOGETTER MUMMY MYSTERY


2006

AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTROL

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES

TOWER OF LOGIC INFERNO

DUOPUZZLE


2005

CAMOUFLAGE

HIDE & SEEK SAFARI


2001

GOGETTER CAT & MOUSE

GOGETTER LAND & WATER

GOGETTER PRINCE & DRAGON

Raf Peeters, January 2008