Mini Colony is a colonization simulation game with crafting elements. A player builds a colony on arid islands where life has difficulty surviving harsh conditions. The game features day and night cycles. The player must navigate all these conditions while they build a home, farm and community.
The player receives help procuring resources like wood, wild crops and other items from three workers. The type of work is usually based on daily objectives from the game. For example, the workers might need to procure a certain amount of cut wood and wheat in the beginning to initiate other aspects of building a colony, such as using wood to complete structures and preparing raw wheat to feed workers or livestock.
The player must do everything possible to keep the workers happy, rested and fed. Once they start to create a settlement, they must build structures focused on raising animals, growing food and storing food and materials. As they expand, they focus on adding a house, an oil pump, a water pump, a kitchen, a furnace, a tech tower, a tool factory, a mine and a distillery.
Mini Colony provides the player with tracking tabs. For example, they can track their current resources using the economy tab. With the tech tab, they can research and explore setups for farming, desert irrigation, the creation of engineered crops, and even development of sharpened axes and automated saws. They can also explore better clothing and deal with weather conditions.