Map Collector - Help
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Starting a new game
When you first open the homepage or when you press the button in the toolbar, you will see a New Game window which allows you to choose which city you want to play in:
This window contains 4 parts:
- A list of all cities that are available
- Details about the selected city
- A dropdown list to select if you want to play with time or money
- A button to start a new game
To start a new game, you can either double click on a city in (1), or select a city in (1) and click on the New Game button (4).
The part with details about the selected city (2) contains the following details:
- Level: Can be Easy, Medium or Difficult. The fewer stations and lines there are, the easier the city is. When there are fewer stations and lines, it's usually easier to tell where it's best for you to go next. The level of each city is also visible in the city list (1).
- Number of stations: Indicates the number of stations in the selected city.
- Number of maps: Indicates the number of maps that you can collect in the selected city. Since there is one map per train line, this is also the number of train lines in this city.
- Length of a game month: Indicates how long a 30-day game month is. Since you have a game month to collect all maps, this number is approximately the amount of time you have to collect all maps. This number is only approximate since 31-day game months are slightly longer and the February game month is slightly shorter. The length of a game month is usually adaped to the difficulty of the city, so if there are a lot of maps that you need to collect, you usually have longer time to collect them. If you select money in the dropdown list (3), the amount of money you get each game month will be shown here instead.
- Country: Indicates which country this city is in. This doesn't make any difference for the game, it's just a fun fact.
- Website in real life: This is a link to the official website of the company that operates the train lines in this city in real life. This link usually contains interesting real life information about the train lines in this city, for example a map of how it looks in reality (the map in Map Collector is adaped for the game). This link is not always in English. If it's in a language that you don't understand, you can use Google Translate to translate the page. Paste the link to the page in the box to the left and click on the link that shows up on the right. Some sites also have a language menu in the header so that you can get the site in English.