Subway Scramble

Tips and Walkthrough

PART I: AROUND THE WORLD
PART II: RUSH HOUR

Part I: Around the World

General tips:

For each level in Around the World, you are attempting to get an expert score token (specified per level), and a safety token (no crashes). I've found that while many levels are relatively easy to get both, it seems that a majority of levels are easier to get just the safety token. You should aim to get the safety token first, and then try the level again to obtain the expert token. There are also a few levels where it seems easier to get the expert token than the safety token.

If you are on a level where it is particularly hard to get an expert token, see what color passengers you begin with for each train. Restart the level until you get at least one car that has 2 passengers of the same color. You should always at least aim to get a 2-passenger combo, and sometimes you will get lucky with the paint can. When you have 2 passengers of the same color, try to look ahead at the odd color platform and see if you can get the third passenger from there. If not, just drop off the 2 passengers - you will get a better score if you keep that up.

When you get a 3-car combo, your train will be empty. Use this to your advantage by making that train go to a platform where there are at least 2 passengers of the same color. If it's easy to get to a platform with 3 passengers of the same color, use the signals to make sure you don't stop before reaching that platform.

If you happen to get 3 passengers of the same color on your train, but the platform of that color has fewer than 5 passengers, wait a little until the platform fills up (unless you are having problems with overcrowding). You will get more points with more passengers on the platform.

Always try to get the bonus items, as these definitely add up to your point total and can make the difference toward winning the expert token. The rat in New York, for example, will grow in points awarded every time you capture one. The first rat is worth 100 points; the second is 200, and so on. Also try to get the floating "100" and "200" bonus points. Make an effort to get them, especially on levels with many color platforms where it is more difficult to get combos.

New York

Lexington Ave.
1 train
15 passengers
Expert: 1500
Platforms: 1 red, 1 blue

Simplest of the simple. It should be easy to get an expert score, just try to get as many 3-car combos as possible. Wait until the platforms fill up a little to get those extra scores.

Carroll St.
2 trains
25 passengers
Expert: 2500
Platforms: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green

Adding one more color platform to the mix. Also quite easy to complete, just get as many combos as possible.

Rockefeller Center
2 trains
25 passengers
Expert: 2500
Platforms: 1 purple, 1 blue, 1 green
Switches: 1 (3-way)

Your first board with a track switch, and also a safe dead end.

Bleecker St.
2 trains
35 passengers
Expert: 3500
Platforms: 2 orange, 2 green, 2 purple

This is two separate tracks for each train. Use signals and dead ends to maximize combos.

Astor Place
2 trains
30 passengers
Expert: 3000
Platforms: 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue
Switches: 1 (4-way)

This 4-way switch has 4 possible combinations for track configuration.

Jackson Heights
2 trains
25 passengers
Expert: 2500
Platforms: 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue
Switches: 2 (3-way)

The switches here seem a little pointless, but it's useful to save time in case you have platforms filling up. Also bonus items tend to pop up in the middle track.

Bowling Green
2 trains
35 passengers
Expert: 3500
Platforms: 2 red, 2 green, 2 yellow
Switches: 2 (3-way)

Here it's as if you are controlling two different levels at the same time. You have a lot of safety dead ends, but you most likely won't need to use them. Just be careful about the switches being configured correctly.

Bowery
3 trains
35 passengers
Expert: 3500
Platforms: 1 red, 1 orange, 1 blue
Switches: 4 (3-way)

This is probably the first tough track to win a safety token, because you will need to manipulate 2 trains at one time. To make things easier, make the first train you move have the longer track so that you have enough time to move the other train. You can also use the switches to make the track a big circle, and move all 3 trains at once (move the train with the longest loop first).

Grand Central
2 trains
40 passengers
Expert: 4000
Platforms: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 blue
Switches: 3 (3-way)

Here you need to be careful of dead end tracks - they are much shorter, their purpose is to provide a place for the train to stop if you have the signal on the adjacent platform switched to green. Don't try to use the dead end to be able to stop twice at the same platform.

Columbus Circle
2 trains
40 passengers
Expert: 4000
Platforms: 1 red, 1 blue, 1 purple, 1 yellow, 1 green

In order to get an expert score you will really need to be paying attention to the signals, since these are your only way to manipulate where the train will stop.

BONUS: Times Square (120 tokens to unlock)
3 trains
120 passengers
Expert: 19,000
Platforms: 9 yellow, 9 red

This looks a lot easier than it is. First off, the level starts with quite a few passengers at every stop. Second, you are having to keep track of 3 trains on 3 separate tracks. Now it may seem to be easy, but keep in mind that with every other track being the same color, you end up wanting to just keep going back and forth - but if you don't use signals to skip over a station, you will keep dropping off at the same color station - leaving the other color to overcrowd. Try to also get 3-color combos as much as possible, as this will help the overcrowding situation.

London (15 tokens to unlock)

Brent Cross
2 trains
40 passengers
Expert: 4000
Platforms: 2 purple, 2 orange, 2 green
Switches: 1 (4-way)

This seems a lot like Astor Place in New York, except there are a lot more stations. The good news is that there's only 3 colors, so it should be easy enough to get combos.

Blackfriars
2 trains
40 passengers
Expert: 4000
Platforms: 1 red, 1 blue, 1 green, 1 yellow
Switches: 2 (3-way)

Nothing terribly unusual here, except the red and blue tracks are on a different loop than the green and yellow tracks. Invariably you will find that you will need to cross over to make combos.

Elephant and Castle
1 train
45 passengers
Expert: 4500
Platforms: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 purple, 1 blue, 1 orange, 1 green

Obviously this will be difficult to get an expert score. I suggest here that you restart the level unless you get at least a 2-color combo for the first drop-off.

Waterloo
2 trains
45 passengers
Expert: 4500
Platforms: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 purple
Switches: 1 (3-way)

One thing to note here is that there is a safe dead end off the red track which will fit a whole car and another car at the red platform, in case you need it for a combo.

Highgate
2 trains
50 passengers
Expert: 5000
Platforms: 1 green, 1 yellow, 3 red
Switches: 4 (3-way)

You will find here that you will be hard-pressed to clear the 2 red platforms at the bottom, so be wary of those. You'll need to change the other red platform's signal to green a lot in order to avoid too many drop-offs there.

Charing Cross
2 trains
50 passengers
Expert: 5000
Platforms: 2 green, 2 purple, 2 brown
Switches: 2 (3-way)

Watch out for crashes! The middle does not have a switch, so often you will find yourself going in a direction you don't mean to go.

Paddington
2 trains
70 passengers
Expert: 7000
Platforms: 2 purple, 2 orange, 3 green
Switches: 4 (3-way)

Be careful of crashes here. You'll often find that bonus items will pop up in the little loop track in the middle green platform.

Arsenal
2 trains
70 passengers
Expert: 7000
Platforms: 1 blue, 1 green, 1 purple, 1 red, 1 yellow
Switches: 1 (4-way), 1 (3-way)

Probably the toughest track to keep clear will be the blue track. However, there is a safe dead end for the blue track that has room for a train, while the other dead ends do not.

Wimbledon
2 trains
70 passengers
Expert: 6000
Platforms: 2 orange, 2 yellow, 1 blue, 1 red
Switches: 2 (3-way)

The tough platforms to clear will be the blue and red ones. More blue passengers will load from the loop with the red platform, and vice versa. Be careful, you can't have two trains on the connecting track at once!

Morning Crescent
2 trains
80 passengers
Expert: 12,000
Platforms: 3 red, 3 blue, 3 yellow
Switches: 6 (3-way)

Lots of switches! This level has a high expert score goal, so make sure you get as many 3-car combos as possible. It shouldn't be too difficult with number of platforms and only 3 colors. I would restart the level if one of your trains gets loaded with 3 different colors.

BONUS: Leicester Square (130 tokens to unlock)
4 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 10,000
Platforms: 3 red, 3 purple, 3 green, 3 yellow

There are no switches, which makes this more difficult than it seems. You won't be able to change the order of trains, so use signals as much as possible to avoid unwanted drop-offs.

Paris (30 tokens to unlock)

Luxembourg
4 trains
75 passengers
Expert: 6000
Platforms: 2 red, 2 blue, 2 orange, 2 yellow

There are no switches, so what you essentially have is 2 trains on each track, but they overlap so you have to be careful of crashes.

Champs Elysees
4 trains
75 passengers
Expert: 6000
Platforms: 2 blue, 2 red, 2 green, 2 yellow

Like the previous level, there are no switches, and 2 trains on each track. The difficulty is that each track has 1 of each color, so you will find it harder to get combos.

Notre Dame
2 trains
80 passengers
Expert: 7000
Platforms: 1 green, 1 blue, 1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow, 1 purple
Switches: 1 (4-way)

All of the dead ends are safe, even though you can't see it. However you can't fit a train on the dead end and have one in the platform next to it, so you will need to move that train across the switch intersection if you want to move a train to one of the platforms on the desired track.

Tour Eiffel
2 trains
70 passengers
Expert: 6000
Platforms: 2 blue, 2 yellow, 2 red

No switches, this is one continuous track. Not quite as difficult as it looks.

Pont Neuf
2 trains
80 passengers
Expert: 8000
Platforms: 4 red, 4 yellow, 1 green
Switches: 6 (3-way)

This one is tricky! I actually found that I was clearing the green platform more than anything else, which means the rest of the colors get overcrowded more, so make sure you are picking up red and yellow passengers as much as possible.

Alexandre Dumas
2 trains
85 passengers
Expert: 10,000
Platforms: 3 brown, 3 purple, 3 orange
Switches: 12 (3-way)

And when you thought you've seen more switches than ever, you get 12 here! On one hand it makes it very easy to get from one platform to any other, but on the other hand, it's a lot more to keep track of. Also be careful of overcrowding. I tried to keep one train on the upper part of the board and the other on the lower part.

Les Halles
5 trains
70 passengers
Expert: 6000
Platforms: 3 yellow, 2 orange
Switches: 2 (3-way)

Even though there are 5 trains, only one is actually doing any transporting. The others are just circling around the track acting as obstacles rather than anything useful (what transportation genius thought of that one, I wonder). There are 3 trains circling around the upper area, and 1 on the lower area. You have to make sure your timing is impeccable to get from the lower portion of the track to the upper yellow platforms. If you start moving your train when the lead train on the upper area is just turning the corner before the platform you should be safe (see illustration). It's easier to go from upper area to lower, since the lower non-stop train doesn't interfere except for going across the lower track to the middle yellow platform. From that yellow platform, cross to the orange platform when the non-stop train is on the upswing (longer track). This level is fairly easy to get an expert score, so don't worry too much about that.

Gare Du Nord
3 trains
80 passengers
Expert: 8000
Platforms: 2 blue, 3 yellow, 3 orange

Note that you will need to immediately move the train at the bottom, because the moving train that is moving through the middle will crash into it if not moved. Also there are no switches, so there is no changing the order of trains. Your danger here will be the long wait while the train goes through the middle s-shaped track.

Pyramides
2 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 8500
Platforms: 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 purple, 1 orange
Switches: 2 (3-way)

This is probably one of the hardest levels to get an expert score, because of the amount of colors, and also the number of passengers needed to complete the level will result in a lot of overcrowding problems.

Opera
2 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 13000
Platforms: 3 orange, 2 blue, 3 red
Switches: 4 (3-way)

You will need to multitask a lot here. You will want to be moving trains into the middle at the same time, but time them so that you can change the switch in the middle once the first train is going towards the branch you want to go to. Don't worry too much about getting so many 3-car combos after a while, you will find that you will have plenty of points from that. You'll be constantly moving trains back and forth between the 3 sets of stations, because they love to give you passengers for other colored stations than the one you are currently in.

BONUS: Bastille (140 tokens to unlock)
2 trains
150 passengers
Expert: 20,000
Platforms: 5 blue, 5 red
Switches: 3 (4-way), 1 (3-way)

This looks quite annoying and it is. Just note that when both 4-way switches make the track go straight through, that makes the trains go to the bottom set of platforms. Also it's not as symmetrical as you would think in terms of how to configure tracks to go to the side platforms (see highlighted track in above illustration). I rarely messed with changing the switches so trains could cross over to the other side - I found it wasn't necessary. Just making sure that you get enough drop-offs to the side platforms is crucial to prevent overcrowding there, as it's easy enough to clear the other sets of platforms.

Moscow (60 tokens to unlock)

Bitsevsky Park
3 trains
75 passengers
Expert: 11,000
Platforms: 4 orange, 4 red, 4 purple
Switches: 2 (3-way)

This was much more difficult to get an expert score than you would think. You must try to get as many 3-car combos as possible to achieve the expert score.

Elektrozavodskya
2 trains
75 passengers
Expert: 6000
Platforms: 1 blue, 1 red, 1 brown, 1 green, 1 orange, 1 yellow
Switches: 2 (3-way)

I just changed the switches so that they would not go in a loop, and that each side would go to the respective lower area. I just kept it that way, except of course when bonus items came up. This is hard to get an expert score because of the number of colors.

Dostoyevskya
6 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 11,000
Platforms: 6 yellow, 6 purple

This is actually 3 separate tracks, 2 trains on each track that are all overlapping. They aren't evenly distributed either - one track has 5 platforms, one has 4, and the other has 3. Expert scores aren't the trouble here, it's making sure you don't crash!

Rimskya
4 trains
85 passengers
Expert: 7000
Platforms: 1 purple, 1 blue, 1 red, 1 orange
Switches: 4 (3-way)

You will need to be careful about crashes, because there's only enough platforms for each train, so the "easy" way out is to just move all 4 trains around the outer circle at once. The first train you should move in this case is the one with the most track to cover (between the red and orange platforms). Making this a little easier is the switches that have a train go through the middle snake-like track. I know it doesn't seem to make it easier, but actually this enables you to move trains to different stations, and also you would only need to move 3 trains instead of 4 (or 2, but only if you change 2 switches). Often bonus items appear in the middle, go figure. This was one of the last levels I was able to get an expert score.

Kitai-Gorod
3 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 10,000
Platforms: 3 yellow, 3 red, 3 purple
Switches: 2 (3-way)

The difficulty here is the kinked tracks that make your trip longer. Make sure you get lighting-bolt speed boosts whenever you can, that will help prevent overcrowding.

Barrikadnaya
2 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 7500
Platforms: 2 blue, 2 green, 2 purple, 1 yellow, 1 red
Switches: 8 (3-way)

I didn't have as much trouble getting an expert score here as you might think. Get enough 3-car combos, usually you will get lucky with paint cans to change your car colors. Otherwise, try to get as many 2-car combos as possible, as that will help in overcrowding (and your score).

Sretensky Bulvar
2 trains
125 passengers
Expert: 7000
Platforms: 2 yellow, 2 purple, 2 blue, 2 brown, 2 orange
Switches: 4 (3-way)

What is odd about this level is that your trains don't always fill up right away, sometimes they are left empty (actually this happens with a lot of levels as you've probably noticed). This level is particularly difficult with overcrowding, as like-colored platforms are spread far apart, making you concentrate more on the closer one to where your train is. In particular watch for the blue platform that is the least accessible at the top.

Lubyanka
3 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 8000
Platforms: 3 blue, 2 red, 2 orange, 2 green
Switches: 4 (3-way)

Similar to Brent Cross in London, with the middle intersection not adjustable with switches. The hardest part is remembering that the NW-SE middle track only has one blue platform, while the NE-SW track has the red and blue platform.

Arabatskya
2 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 9000
Platforms: 2 green, 2 blue, 2 orange, 2 yellow, 2 brown
Switches: 6 (4-way)

Probably the hardest part of this level is that there are so many platforms to make sure you don't get overcrowding. The switches make things difficult, because there will always be 1 configuration per switch that results in an unsafe dead end.

Ploschad Revolutsii
3 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 6,000
Platforms: 1 green, 1 blue, 1 purple, 1 red, 1 brown, 1 yellow, 1 orange
Switches: 4 (3-way)

This level has every single color platform, but only one of each. The platforms being spread out also makes it difficult for overcrowding issues.

BONUS: Leninsky Prospekt (150 tokens to unlock)
4 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 9,000
Platforms: 2 brown, 3 yellow, 3 red
Switches: 6 (4-way)

This is probably the hardest bonus level out of all the bonus levels. Switch configuration is tricky. Just follow the general tips to get the most out of this level as you can. I barely got the expert score here, it definitely takes several tries.

Seoul (100 tokens to unlock)

Yongsan
3 trains
50 passengers
Expert: 4200
Platforms: 1 red, 1 green
Switches: 2 (3-way)

Immediately you will notice that there are too many trains for platforms, and one is already moving towards the green platform. This level is basically a test of resolve, as you will be doing the same moves over and over. Once the free train passes the switch, switch it back and start moving the train that was parked at the green station. Once that train passes the switch on the left, switch that one, and then start moving the train parked at the red station towards the green station. After you start moving that train, switch the right switch back so that the moving train will take the longer route. Follow this pattern until complete - there really isn't any other way to do this. You shouldn't have a problem with getting an expert score here.

Sinyeonsu
2 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 9000
Platforms: 1 green, 1 blue, 1 red, 1 purple, 1 yellow
Switches: 9 (3-way)

This is one insane level for switch management! Also one of the hardest to get an expert score because of it.

Dongdaemon Stadium
2 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 9000
Platforms: 3 yellow, 2 blue, 2 brown, 2 purple
Switches: 2 (4-way)

The thing that throws you off here is the criss-cross tracks that don't have switches, especially how to get to the yellow platforms on the top and bottom of the board.

Nambu Bus Terminal
3 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 10,000
Platforms: 1 yellow, 1 purple, 1 green, 1 orange
Switches: 4 (3-way)

Don't be too daunted by the switches, there are always two ways to go in case you goof and end up making your trains attempt to collide with each other on the same track. The difficulty here is the length of track, which extends the waiting time and causes overcrowding.

Yaksu
4 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 7000
Platforms: 2 yellow, 2 red, 2 blue, 2 green
Switches: 2 (4-way)

There are 2 trains going in a constant loop in the middle track, so watch for crash potential. Since there's only 2 trains, I tend to just keep the switch so that the very middle is a square loop. There's 4 platforms on each side, so it's easy enough to prevent crashes and use signals to get the right color combos. However watch for bonus items cropping up in the middle.

City Hall
3 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 10,000
Platforms: 2 orange, 2 green, 3 purple
Switches: 4 (4-way), 1 (3-way)

You're in switch hell for this level! You will want to make sure your 3-way switch is never such that the middle is a square, because that's the least helpful configuration.

Hansung University
3 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 8500
Platforms: 2 yellow, 2 green, 2 purple
Switches: 4 (3-way)

This one is definitely one to watch for overcrowding! The long snake-like tracks don't help either. You will want to try to prevent trains from being in the two snake-like areas on the SE side, unless you are quick with the switches you will likely crash. I had less trouble with getting the expert score here.

Hoegi
2 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 7500
Platforms: 5 purple, 4 green, 4 yellow, 4 orange
Switches: 6 (3-way)

The difficulty here is that there are only 2 trains for all those platforms. So watch for overcrowding.

Government Complex
2 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 9000
Platforms: 2 blue, 2 orange, 2 yellow
Switches: 2 (3-way)

This level is very tricky. You will want to trade off concentrating on the upper tracks with the others that are off on separate paths. If you just remember that the first track goes to blue, the second to orange, and the third to yellow, you will make your life much easier. Also I tended to have both trains go off to different color platforms on the tracks, it wasn't quite as hard to time it to prevent crashing as you would think. Generally if one car is halfway to its platform, the other one will not crash. The hard part is remembering that on the return trip you will need to change the switches back. If needed, you can change the switches such that you don't re-visit the top platforms, but I found this was generally not necessary and I would only do it if you have a 3-car combo waiting and your top platforms aren't overcrowding.

Gunja
4 trains
100 passengers
Expert: 7500
Platforms: 3 red, 3 purple, 3 yellow, 3 green
Switches: 8 (3-way), 2 (4-way)

This level will test your patience! The hardest part is probably getting to the little pocket with the purple and green platforms on the SW side, especially when they look so close to the yellow platforms!

BONUS: Sindang (160 tokens to unlock)
1 train
200 passengers
Expert: 27,500
Platforms: 24 red
Switches: 7 (3-way)

This looks like bonus heaven! But you will find that you will encounter a lot of overcrowding problems unless you move CONSTANTLY! Also, be aware that you are picking up and dropping off every OTHER platform, so you will have to break that pattern by using switches, and the single platforms on the other side of the leftmost and rightmost parts of the board will also help uneven the stop order.

Part II: Rush Hour

General Tips:

You can use similar strategies as in Around the World, except in this case you do not get any more passengers than are already there at the beginning of the level. You are also under time constraints, so there is no waiting for platforms to load up with passengers.

Generally I like to start the first level with a 3-car combo - so in this case, you should just restart the game if you don't get that first car filled with the same color passengers. Might as well maximize your score in any way possible!

You want to try to get as any 2 or 3-car combos as possible. Most likely you will be going for the 2-car combo, because it is better than no combo since more passengers will be removed from the platform. Think ahead as you are driving the train around each platform to see if you can get at least 2 passengers of the same color at a stop. What colors are in your car? Keep track of where platforms are on the board, so that you can travel the minimal distance possible.

You'll also find that eventually, there will be gaps on platforms where there are no passengers available. This is probably the hardest part of Rush Hour is when you are having to travel back and forth just to drop off one passenger in one car. Try to keep all your cars full as best you can.

You have to be more careful about crashes in Rush Hour: Hard, because your crash limit carries through the entire game, and you only have 3 crashes before the game is over.