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Next Station: London (2022) is a sequencing game where you redesign the London Underground. You play by drawing lines on a Map sheet to connect stations, zones, and landmarks. Like Mini Metro, it is a game about linking stations efficiently whilst not curtailing future options and coping with the inevitable curveballs of passenger requirements.

You are a project manager tasked with redesigning the London Underground. You each start with a blank paper map of unconnected stations and one of the four coloured pencils. As you turn over Station cards each player draws on the map to extend their line to a station matching the shape on the card.

At first, it's a simple case of ensuring you maximise your score by visiting the most districts, river crossings, and landmarks while maximising station density. However, because you rotate pencil colours after five Station cards, you have to be careful not to block future options when drawing the next coloured line.

It's a visual puzzle where you map out your four routes carefully to make the most efficient use of the Station cards you all share. Care is needed because just when you think you have the perfect route, the Station card throws up a tricky station and you have to change your plans.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Next Station: London 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Sequencing and Traversal game with Puzzle and Roll-And-Write elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 10 minutes to learn. The first time you play it's worth trying the following:
  • Look carefully at your map, so you know what each of the stations, distracts and landmarks are.
  • Take time to understand the final scoring, so you know what you are aiming for.
  • Be clear about the restrictions in place when drawing a line to join stations.

Play Time: This game will take between 25 minutes and half an hour to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to understand the restrictions when joining stations together, be able to plan for the future without knowing what is coming and to understand the different layers of scoring at the end of the game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2022

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Sequencing, Traversal (Puzzle and Roll-And-Write)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Cards and Pen and Pad

Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)


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