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Toy Box Metropolis was made in 72 hours for the Ludum Dare game jam, and was originally released in December 2016. It's miniature city building game, set on the floor of a child's bedroom. There are some very light strategy elements, but mainly this is a game about building and upgrading a fun little toy city.

This game was made for Ludum Dare 37, and the theme was One Room. We were keen on the idea of toys in a child's bedroom, as we really wanted to do something a little different for this Ludum Dare. We planned to avoid,combat this time round, and went for a city builder as it's a genre we like but have never tried before. Trying a new genre was challenging, and the game is not perfect, but we were happy with the look off the little cities you could build. It turned into more of a toy than a strategy game, but not too bad for a first attempt.

All of the game is controlled with the Mouse. Use left click to select, place and upgrade tiles. Hold the right button to drag the camera around. Pressing the middle button cancels the current action.
Pro Tip: the number keys 1-4 are shortcuts for the different build mode.

The strategy side is quite simple, each building give you your city plus and minus scores in each category. You have to make sure you are beating all your objective scores at the end of the 10th turn. Don't forget to upgrade the buildings, as this gives you better scores and some fun animations. Roads are just there to make your city look cool, they have no effect on the score.

James Edge Adam
Art, Design
& Animation
Sound & Music
Art, Design
Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars
(42 total ratings)
AuthorSecond Dimension Games
Made withConstruct
TagsCasual, City Builder, Colorful, Ludum Dare, Ludum Dare 37, Relaxing
LinksLudum Dare


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make it able to undo

What an beautiful game, I absolutely adore the graphics and music, good job guys. :)

It's quite fun. but the way we upgrade building can be improved a bit more. Now if I want to upgrade a building multiple times, I need to move the mouse to up-right corner and back to center to upgrade building. It would be better if I can click multiple times without move the mouse to up-right corner :).

How do you upgrade buildings

You just build on top of them again and it builds the next upgrade. It was all made in a weekend so is pretty simplistic really

I noticed that the more of the respective building increases, that stat increased, I don't know if sectoring affects any stats because that's what I always do

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It's fun and the illustration looks so cute!

Love it!

Can you undo something? For example, if I place a road on the wrong do I get rid of it?


Hey, no sorry you can't . We made this for a competition over a weekend so there's a few features like that missing.

The font color on a pink background is a problem. I have to squint or go full screen to be able to read anything.

is there a way to undo the road?

I'm afraid there isn't, not something we got round to in the competition time limit


Guys can I turn the music  off??? please tell me that iI can!!!!

Hey, if you press the P button in game then it brings up the menu, there's an option to mute the sound in there

thank you


Guys thanks so much for such a wonderful game, really usuful

Thanks, glad you're enjoying it


great engine this that could be used for building other games.

It's actually one hell of mess behind the scenes,  only just holds together!



I just found all your games and I am playing through them. You guys are geniuses…some brilliant ideas you have.


For a game that was made in 72 hours this is really good. I really like the art style and the music. It also helped to pass the time in quarantine!

Thanks, that's really nice to hear

No problem. Keep doing what you're doing, it's great!


Is it possible to save your work?

Sorry no it isn't possible. it was thrown together for a game jam so it doesn't have any saving. 


I actually used this game for a project idea in school! Got an A and everyone loved it (plus it was super fun to make)!! Great job!! :D

Hey that's great, glad you liked it!


what game engne you use???

Hey, we used Construct to make this one

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thanks guys by the way really like your games!


I really like the game!

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Simple and relaxing game to play for a few minutes, well done!


Thanks for playing!




Thank you!


This is a neat little game, simple and relaxing. Well done!


Thanks for playing, we're still really pleased with it a year later :)


cool :3


Thank you :)


beautiful :)


Thanks, I wasn't sure about it at the time, but looking back on it I really like it