Cities in Motion is a transport simulator developed by Colossal Order Ltd and published by Paradox Interactive.

At first glance the game looks very much like Sim City, but unlike Sim City which is a city management game, Cities in Motion focuses on only one aspect of city management: Transportation.

Transportation is your business and it’s your job is to transport your citizens to their destination of choice throughout the four cities. Time periods also range from the slick 1930’s to the futuristic year 2020. There are two modes to play in, Campaign mode and the nice, relaxing sandbox mode. There is also a brief tutorial that will teach you the basics of the business you will be controlling.

Campaign mode will take you through the four cities which each have their own unique layout. During the Campaign you will be tasked with missions (from linking a bus line to a local school to building a metro line across the city), completing these will earn you more money to progress through the Campaign. Each era has its own unique vehicles available to you (no commercial airliners for you in the 1930s).

Mayday! Mayday! We're Going Down!

There is a bar at the top of the screen that will tell you how people are reacting to your transportation system. If you’re doing well the bar will slowly move to the right, if your system is poor it will move to the left.

You will have a number of options to choose from when deciding to get passengers from point A to point B, there is  vehicle type (Bus, Tram, Water, Metro and Aircraft) and the location of the stops to get onto these vehicles. Bad placement of stops may lead to a lot of unhappy customers, unhappy customers means less people will use your stops and instead use their cars (even if you have reduced ticket prices).

There are seven different social groups in the game. Each have their own wants and needs.

The World Cup isn't as popular as it use to be.

During gameplay the economy may change for better or for worse. Changing your ticket prices and wages to reflect the economies situation and taking advantage of low prices to buy new vehicles. Neglecting these changes may lead to you overpaying or underpaying for staff, vehicles and ticket prices.

Cities in Motion is a nice, focused transportation simulator. The city is bustling with life as vehicles and pedestrians go about their daily lives. If  the premise behind this game interests you, you should take a look.. This game will definitely fill the void that is the lack of transportation simulators in the recent years. So if you’ve been yearning for a game like this for some time, check out this title.

 

Pros

Lots of vehicles.

Random events.

Each era is unique.

Sandbox mode for more relaxed game play.

Interesting Idea.

Easy to use interface.

Lots of depth.

 

Cons

Not for everyone.

More diverse missions would be nice.

 

Features

  • Explore four different cities: Vienna, Helsinki, Berlin, and Amsterdam
  • Engage in a campaign with 12 scenarios, as well as a sandbox mode where all campaign cities are playable
  • Experience realistic 3D graphics with more than 100 unique, highly detailed buildings
  • Use the advanced map editor to create your own cities
  • Play through 100 years of transportation history throughout four eras spanning from 1920 to 2020
  • Choose between more than 30 different vehicles based on real-life models of buses, trams, water buses, helicopters, and subways, complete with an underground view
  • Experience a real-time city and traffic simulator as each location’s bustling population commutes between their homes, jobs, and leisure sites

 

For more information about Cities in Motion go to http://www.citiesinmotion.com/

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