You've been logged out of GDC Vault since the maximum users allowed for this account has been reached. To access Members Only content on GDC Vault, please log out of GDC Vault from the computer which last accessed this account.

Click here to find out about GDC Vault Membership options for more users.


Session Name:

Independent Games Summit; Expanding the "Miniverse": Designing Deep, Minimalist Games


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.

Did you know free users get access to 30% of content from the last 2 years?

Get your team full access to the most up to date GDC content

  • Game Developers Conference 2023
  • Tana Tanoi
  • Dinosaur Polo Club
  • free content
  • Independent Games Summit
  • Independent Games