A little hype developed at the games fair in Essen about Matthew Dunstan's Next Station: London. The paper-and-pencil title distributed by HCM Kinzel sells well at the International Match Days. 

Marketing is confirming the good sales of Next Station London, a basically nondescript flip-and-write game about the English capital's popular metro network. Short game rounds of up to 30 minutes and a low barrier to entry are two of the success factors. 

Joint solo game

The goal for one to four players in Next Station London is simple: it's about redesigning the "underground" of the mega-metropolis. Strategically clever you therefore create traffic lines and collect points. The game by Blue Orange, distributed by HCM Kinzel, presents itself with a pronounced competitive character, but there are no interactions worth mentioning. 

Next Station London is a title that feels like a solo game even with multiple endings. A blemish? Hardly, even though the biggest interaction at the end of a game is comparing the points scored. During gameplay, it's clear that there will ultimately only be one victorious project manager - that's spurring enough as a solo game challenge enough. It's one of the best paper-and-pencil games of the current year, even if it doesn't quite match the qualities of Trials of Tucana or the cleverness of The Cartographer.

However, the small-format game obviously has a lot of fans at the Essen trade fair: as the publisher communicates through its PR, Next Station London is “strongly in demand”. 

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