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Minami Lane Review

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Minami Lane

Such a lovely short game without missable achievements and an addictive and fun gameplay loop. Complete all the objectives (including the bonus objectives) + a bunch more tasks for the achievements. Takes around 3 hours to complete.


Approximate amount of time to 100%: 3 hours
Estimated achievement difficulty: 2/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: Yes there is one here . However, you don’t need a guide, the achievements aren’t hard and aren’t missable.
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: No
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
RNG-achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty option
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No

I have been in love with the promise and the artwork of Minami Lane since it was announced during the Wholesome Games Event. It has such a cute and cozy art style, who doesn’t fall in love with that?

In Minami Lane, you manage a street. You decide which buildings and shops will be added to the street and you also manage the recipes within the shops and the price to cater to different groups of people. The game has 5 different scenarios and 2 types of creative modes. So it is quite a short game, but that totally fits the game, and this way it doesn’t overstay its welcome.

In each scenario, you have the main objective and a bonus objective to try to also reach before reaching or while reaching the main objective. After finishing a scenario you got the choice to move on to the next scenario or to keep playing. I was surprised at how different the scenarios felt and I enjoyed the mechanics each scenario added to the complexity of the game. It was well passed the way it added more elements.

during the day you search for a tanuki, clean up trash, pet cats, and say hello to bikers. This is all done by clicking on them. While during the night you can change the assortment or the recipes in shops and add a new building to your street. The late buildings have more requirements like the amount of people that live in your street, or how happy they are.

The achievements in Minami Lane are very straightforward. Completing each mission + bonus objective. And a bunch of achievements for petting cats, cleaning trash, having 50 people live in your street, and more stuff like that. Most of them you can easily complete if you keep them in mind while playing through the 5 missions, but some of them can also be unlocked in creative mode.

A long story (or in this case, review) short just a lovely and short game with amazing aesthetics and fun gameplay loop. I Hope Doot and Blibloop will make short and cute games!


Doot & Blibloop

This review for Minami Lane was written on 8 March 2024, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 20 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.

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