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Session Name: Independent Games Summit; Expanding the "Miniverse": Designing Deep, Minimalist Games
Speaker(s): Tana Tanoi
Company Name(s): Dinosaur Polo Club
Track / Format: Independent Games Summit

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Overview: The indie hits Mini Metro and Mini Motorways form the first two games of Dinosaur Polo Club's "Miniverse", a collection of games that combine minimalism and abstraction with real-world inspired simulations. Players are introduced to very approachable mechanics, but with invested playtime, will slowly see the depth of the simulation.The successful release of Mini Motorways has established a set of expectations for how a third game in the collection would play. In this talk, Tana Tanoi will explain how "Miniverse" titles are designed, how Dinosaur Polo Club uses a "Mechanic-first" approach to prototyping, and how prototyping a third game has taught them more about the "Miniverse" than creating the first two games.

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