Ride A Surreal Metro In Subway Adventure

Leaving from the hospital, I hopped on the metro’s blue Trek line, planning to change at College. A passenger rudely blocked me from getting off, so I had to continue on to Climbing Wall then double back, dashing down to the dock to catch the boat connection to the green Apollo line, awkwardly barging past a weeping man holding a bouquet of red roses, and soon I found myself at my destination: on the platform in the gaping mouth of a vast baleen whale.

I’ve been riding the rails in Subway Adventure [official site], Stephen ‘increpare’ Lavelle’s fine new free game about exploring the Dream World of Sadness Metro.

Some stops are more fantastical than others. Along your travels, you might see smoggy suburbs, glitchspaces, voids, a space station, and other oddities – including your fellow passengers. They range from literal forklifts to skeletons, and can be a little rude. Several times, I’ve missed my stop because someone blocked the door or couldn’t get on because a smoking orb was warbling at me.

Cities can be confusing and hostile places.

I don’t want to show you too much but here, check out a few of its 48 stations – I still have another 20 to reach myself, says my ticket record:

Yes, this is a tapir:

Have a good stare and you’ll figure out… well, some of what’s going on here:

You can indeed climb this wall:

I’ve left some of the weirder ones out. Have a gander at the map and see if you can imagine what you’ll find:

Subway Adventure is free to download for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

If you dig weird train journeys, do also check out Endless Express, another free game about traversing trainlines – with the added complication of trains running to real-time schedules.

[Disclosure: I know Stephen a little. I haven’t seen him much since I neglected to water a friend’s plants while they were away, and killed a huge basil Stephen had left in their care. Sorry.]

8 Comments

  1. tr76 says:

    That was really really weird, but I think it does a good job of conveying that feeling you get in a strange city, trying to find your way around it’s metro/subway/underground system.

  2. gbrading says:

    It was very very bizarre, but pretty cool. I’d love a game about traversing a weird metro in a Russian city; having ridden the Moscow Metro and not being able to read Cyrillic, understanding where you are is a constant battle.

    • TheAngriestHobo says:

      Well, Metro 2033 takes place in the Moscow Metro… but that’s probably not the experience you had in mind.

  3. luis.s says:

    Great disclosure. Good to see journalistic integrity being upheld.

  4. Spacewalk says:

    Hint: get to the Equipment Depot for easy completion.

  5. Pantalaimon says:

    I’m all for games like this, so long as I can watch them from a safe distance. Glitchy graphics are supremely unsettling like nothing else. Never heard of anyone put a name to this feeling but I guess it’s a similar creeping fear sensation to other phobias.

    • Silkypickle says:

      Never try hallucinogens. I’m not joking. If distortions and such are unsettling then you should just stay far away.