Metro Siberia Underground

Biilled as a Retro Soviet Style Gravity Tunnel Game, this excellently-soundtracked Flash delight riffs off the old keepy-uppy helicopter idea. Thanks to Darwinia stylings and hyper-real undulating landscapes, it’s entirely its own beast, and is probably the best thing you’ll do with your browser today.

It involves just one button – Space – to add thrust to the cursor-ship, but tickles more joy-points in the brain than a thousand games involving 20 buttons possibly could. Find the full game after the cut.

If you can’t get the menu to work, just click on the game bit with your mouse, then cursor keys should start a-cursorin’ again.

It’s made by one Tommy Salomonsson, his first since 2004’s self-consciously Nintendian Super Bobby World., with art and music by Simon StÃ¥lenhag. Their next game is the mystery-swaddled Kingsmountain, and based on StÃ¥lenhag’s awesomely twisted designs for it so far, I can’t wait.


  1. Max says:

    I used to play that helicopter game all the time at college. I got just over 3000 once, that was probably my best score. Didn’t compare to my friends’ scores though.

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  3. Nallen says:

    They stole the Commodore logo! the swines!

  4. Seniath says:

    Fun, but not really my kind of game. High score-em ups bore me quickly. But I can certainly see its charm.

  5. FatMat says:

    i played the game a couple of times… it’s fun. But now i only get a black screen without menu after loading.

  6. Joonas says:

    Oh my god, excellent music there!

  7. Tellurian says:

    The sound design alone makes it worth a few play throughs.

  8. Nikica says:

    3164 at second try !!!

  9. TychoCelchuuu says:

    Aaaaah they used “it’s” when they ought to have used “its!” Ruined the game.

    Actually the sluggish response kind of ruined the game but whatever. I enjoyed the text at the top of the screen.

  10. Rogue says:

    A great little distraction. :)

  11. Lightbulb says:

    Hmm i was thinking hmm this is easy and then died at a really stupid bit.. :S

  12. Zephyrtron says:

    Wow, that’s awesome. It’s near-poetic in its simplicity, and carefully arching up and over then down and under those cogs is something else. It almost needs a replay option.

  13. Conall says:

    that was such a good waste of 20 mins

    but the max i got was 3634