Mike Davis has spent decades writing really big books with incredibly brilliant titles – City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear – arguing that Los Angeles, sweet El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula, is a kind of hell on earth. Obviously: hard disagree. But here’s the thing. Mini Motorways has just come along with an update and made the same point as Davis with much greater economy.
This should not be too surprising. Economy is always the thing with this game, in which so much of the chaotic city experience emerges as you draw roads between homes and offices. Mini Motorways’ new update adds challenges, which might not initially seem like a huge deal – if this was any other game. Each city now has a series of bespoke challenges, which basically juggle two or three conditions that you have to play under. Again, if this was any other game, I wouldn’t be too excited. But this is Mini Motorways, and the conditions matter.