Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. The game introduces new game play elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (8,038 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 10, 2015

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"A handful of flaws, but this fun and addictive city-builder still climbs high."
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March 27

Patch 1.0.7b has arrived!

Greetings Chirpies!

Our post-launch adventure continues as Colossal Order bravely trek down the gritty path of fixing bugs and solving issues. Today we are excited to bring you another (mainly) bug-fixing focused patch.

As we're rolling out the update via steam it might take up to two hours, or so, for it to go live everywhere. Please re-start your steam or verify the game cache if the game does not automatically download the patch.

You can see which version number you're running in the lower right corner of the main menu, if you're not sure that you've gotten it.

Please take all patch related discussion to this thread:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/255710/discussions/0/611701999523878038/

1.0.7b - Patch Notes
  • Warning added when enabling a mod
  • Save to cloud box now remain checked if the loading was performed from a cloud save
  • Japanese garden for everyone
  • Added command line parameter "-limitfps x" to set a target fps
  • Mac/Linux: Fixed custom assets not loading due to an invalid PNG format.
  • Mac: Removed menu bar & docks in fullscreen mode
  • Asset Editor: the default size of assets created from templates now matches the template size if loading props
  • Asset Editor: fixed a case where the default textures may get corrupted and require to restart the game
  • Asset Editor: already placed props can now be moved around and rotated in place (respectively using the left and right mouse click) when no tools are selected
  • Asset Editor: fixed cases where LODs may not rotate with the building in the import panel
  • Steam workshop: Steam fixed the workshop not being showing when in offline mode in the latest Steam client release (24 Mar)
  • Locale: added LOADING text
  • Misc: fixed a case where command line arguments may conflict
  • Misc: removed an invalid key binding option
  • Misc: Added screenshot shortcuts to rebindable input (default is F12 for normal screenshot and shift+F12 for hi-res screenshot, also local screenshots now go to gameUserFolder/Screenshots) Steam screenshot feature is untouched and still the preferred method to take screenshots
  • Misc: Info views panel added to the Escape chain so the last Escape press will close the info views now
  • Misc: Save map does not show builtin and workshop maps any longer
  • UI: Fixed arrows sprites not showing feedback when interacted with
  • UI: Fixed color picker color not displaying in the right color space
  • No more duplicate name error for identical names coming from different packages
  • Paths can not be built inside elevated roads anymore
  • Elevated roads can now be upgraded or changed direction if one-ways
  • .ccs files displayed in red can now be selected in the load panel when trying to recover a failed save (when a save fails and attempt to
  • preserve itself generating a .ccs file)
  • french localization improved
  • general audio improvements (should help address the sound stuttering issue with some sound cards)

Once again we'd like to thank everyone who has taken their time to assist us in tracking and eliminating our technical issues. You're awesome.

The rest of you... well you're pretty darn cool too!

Regards,
The Cities: Skylines Team

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March 19

Patch 1.0.6b is LIVE!

Greetings Chirpies!

Colossal Order have been hard at work with the first bug-fixing patch since we launched just over a week ago. We're now ready to release this problem-solving focused update.

The patch will deploy in all areas over the coming hours. If it does not update automatically please re-start steam or verify your game cache.

Lots of thanks and love to everyone who has helped us research and fix these issues.

Full patch notes in this thread:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/255710/discussions/0/611701360821801977/

Regards,
The Cities: Skylines Team

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Digital Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition:
Included in the Deluxe Edition are 5 In-game historical monuments from around the world, the games original soundtrack as well as a digital art book.

  • Five in-game items include:
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Grand central terminal



Original Soundtrack:
This Original Soundtrack includes 14 unique tracks mixed from the ambient music of the game, allowing you to enjoy the wonderful music whenever you want.

Digital Art book:
See the concepts behind the buildings! The book features almost a 32 hand drawn concepts of the game various buildings and the story behind each.

About This Game

Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. The game introduces new game play elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience.
 
From the makers of the Cities in Motion franchise, the game boasts a fully realized transport system. It also includes the ability to mod the game to suit your play style as a fine counter balance to the layered and challenging simulation. You’re only limited by your imagination, so take control and reach for the sky!


Main features:
  • Multi-tiered and challenging simulation: Constructing your city from the ground up is easy to learn, but hard to master. Playing as the mayor of your city you’ll be faced with balancing essential requirements such as education, water electricity, police, fire fighting, healthcare and much more along with your citys real economy system. Citizens within your city react fluidly, with gravitas and with an air of authenticity to a multitude of game play scenarios.
  • Extensive local traffic simulation: Colossal Orders extensive experience developing the Cities in Motion series is fully utilized in a fully fleshed out and well-crafted transport systems.
  • Districts and Policies: Be more than just an administrator from city hall. Designating parts of your city as a district results in the application of policies which results in you rising to the status of Mayor for your own city.
  • Extensive modding support: Build or improve on existing maps and structures. You can then import them into the game, share them as well as download the creations of other city builders on the Steam workshop.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.0GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7/8 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 3.20GHz or AMD FX-6300, 3.5Ghz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 2 GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870, 2 GB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.0GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 3.20GHz or AMD FX-6300, 3.5Ghz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 2 GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870, 2 GB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.0GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 3.20GHz or AMD FX-6300, 3.5Ghz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 2 GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870, 2 GB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
220 of 226 people (97%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Let me give you a history lesson.
In 1989 Simcity was relased. And it was great.
In 1994 SimCity 2000 was released and it was great.
In 1999 SC3k was released, and it was also, great. (Are you seeing a theme here?)
In 2003, SimCity 4 was released, and it was perfection.

Now... it gets sad.
2007 brought us SimCity Socities, which was a thing.
And in 2013 brought us Sim City. And Im sure you know what its miraid of problems was.

Now finally, 12 years after the last great city building game comes Skylines.

By NOT trying to do all the interconnected and multiplayer garbage that sunk a decade of titles, Collossal Order has hit one out of the park. Runs great on older machines, looks great, and has GREAT mod support.
In all honesty, while writing the introduction I was trying to think of a negitive element that came up. Still dont have one.

Buy this game.
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332 of 374 people (89%) found this review helpful
420 people found this review funny
61.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
- Have a booming timber industry
- Got some tree-hugging pleb complaining about the "poor trees"
- Locate their house
- Bring it down with a bulldozer and use their bodies as fertilizers

15/10 will fertilize again
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305 of 354 people (86%) found this review helpful
220 people found this review funny
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
I'll compare his to the latest Sim City game.

Cities Skylines:
-Can feed citizens poop water
-Can stalk citizens
-Can bulldoze citizens homes
-You can drown entire cities
-You can create ♥♥♥♥ statues
-You can create ♥♥♥♥ shaped maps
-Did I mention you can feed citizens poop water?
-33$

Sim City (2013)
-None of the above
-Requires It that shall not be named (starts with an "o")
-EA, the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s that kill puppys for fun.
-Cities the size of a baby Koala.
-60$ plus a 40$ DLC


Do the math. Cities Skylines is godlike compared to Sim City. BUY CITIES SKYLINES.
(Btw, Collosal Orders is like, what, 12 people? Maxis was, what, 100 or so people?. And 12 people made a better game. I hate my life.)
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94 of 95 people (99%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Things I can do in Cities: Skylines that I couldn't do in SimCity (5)

- Play without an internet connection
- Name my city something rude like PantyFlash
- Edit terrain in a nice map editor
- Play without logging into Origin...
- Actually have simulated people whose actions make sense
*** Every person has their own name and a constant house where they live ***
- Manage traffic properly
- Have fun

I have been a big SimCity fan for many years. I've collected the games and have tried my best to stay loyal to the brand because most SimCity games brought me many hours of gameplay and joy. When SimCity Societies came out, I received it for free with another game I had purchased. I must admit... it was one of the weakest SimCity games I had played but I still put some time into it because I appreciated that the Maxis team had tried something different.

Then SimCity (5) happened... I was one of those suckers that actually went out and bought a hard copy of the game the day it released. Heck I had been waiting for about 10 years and when I spent what is roughly $45 dollars I thought it was worth it because this is SimCity! I played the game for about a week and then went played SimCity 2000 instead. Yes that's right, I would rather play a game made in 1994 than one made in 2013. And when SimCity came out with an expansion pack for it a few months after release, I was done. Done with SimCity. A game that I have played and loved my entire life. The first PC game I owned other than solitaire and that crazy pinball game that came with Microsoft =.=.

So long live Cities: Skylines. Long live Collosal Order.

9/10
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87 of 93 people (94%) found this review helpful
73 people found this review funny
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Everyone has a name,
Everyone has a home and car,
Yet, you the government, can know when and where everyone is.
You control production of districts, the energy, water, transportation,
AND. YOU. CONTROL. PRETTY. MUCH. EVERYTHING.
*This is secretly dystopian, and most definitely is relative to any 1st world nation*

10/10, Would communism again.

,But wait there's more!,
Built a dam,
Built a city in the river bed,
Destroyed the dam in "accident"
Wait for insurance money to roll in.
Another 10/10. Would commit fraud again.
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132 of 163 people (81%) found this review helpful
77 people found this review funny
65.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Like Sim City but not made by EA.
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88 of 102 people (86%) found this review helpful
88 people found this review funny
91.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
People for the love of Chirpy do NOT buy this game!!! Seriously, this game is a danger to your health and well being!!

It's so damn addictive you will forget about your wife, your kids, your friends, your parents, your hunger, your thirst, yourself! It is a tool of Evil to turn people away from society!!!

But as a victim of this heynous horrible horrendous tool of evil, I can only say: 10/10 would get addicted again!

PS: also good if you wanna work in the mayor's office for city planning!

PSS: no seriously, buy this game, you will not regret it and the modding community is like on steroids right now >.<.
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46 of 48 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Cities: Skylines is the unofficial SimCity sequel we deserve! From the very beginning, the game feels much closer to SimCity 4 than the most recent iteration of SimCity. The game embraces Steam Workshop, and the amount of custom content already is outstanding. I have enjoyed every second thus far with the game and I wanted to share my thoughts on it for those of you on the fence.

PROS
-Steam Workshop Integration
-Massive Cities
-Enjoyable Challenge
-Cities Feel Alive
-Hours and Hours of Content
-Great Price for Launch
-Allows for Cities of All Shapes and Sizes

CONS
-Traffic Needs Some Balancing
-Lots of Repeated Buildings (Custom Content Helps)
-Trash and Death Can Get Out of Hand Due to Traffic

All in all, I recommend Cities: Skylines to anyone who considers themselves fans of the simulation genre. The game is addictive and provides hours of fun. I am 15 hours in and I only have 50,000 people in my city with so much more land available to grow. The $30 is fair, but there is no excuse not to pick this game up at a sale price!
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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
63.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
I've modded more than I've played... and thats a very, very good thing!
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63 of 80 people (79%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
SimCity 2.0 for the half price (Workshop incl.)
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30 of 30 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
The +'s

+ Very Detailed Buildings, Roads, Cars, down to the physics in the water
+ Huge areas of land
+ Multiple landscapes to pick from
+ Ton of premade worlds to get started in
+ Trains, Boats, Airplanes, Subway, Hearses, Trash Trucks, Fire Engine, Police Car, Ambulance and a bunch more animated vehicles!
+ Every person is doing something in the city, and with cool activities like a ton of different style parks etc they actually animate them doing it!! Create a bus route and don't enough stops ? Hahaha well you will have a ton of people waiting outside because not enough stops and buses to meet the demand.
+Awesome path editor with many different road types and bridges and scenery
+ Steam Workshop
+Easy UI
+ Progressing with milestones feels rewarding
+ Wind Turbines turn against wind, I thought this was really cool.

Now there is a ton more +'s but my hand hurts from carpool tunnel from playing the game like 15 hours straight so

Heres the -'s

Pathing on cars sometimes sucks bad
Not really many events other than random fires which don't spread =(
Road pathing tool can be pretty annoying when trying to upgrade skinny streets to wide streets
No Auto Save Feature
No Cycle of day and night ( That I know of )
Sometimes the game moves at such a fast pace that's not desirable, usually people like to speed it up but if you have a decent city the demand for structures will never stop or slow down!
Wish there was weather other than the wind is moving this way or that way


Things I would like in the game

Riots ( Maybe a military base with units ? or swat team that could stop riots ?)
More Events
Spreading Fire
( I am not sure if it exists outside of a mod ) But snow?
More things for people to do other than parks and plazas ( Baseball Park, Football Stadium, etc... I know the workshop will have tons of this stuff, but it would be nice to have the professional touch on more buildings with animations! ) Btw the soccer park in the work shop is pretty cool!
Seasons that change on time of year
Night Mode with lighted sky scrapers

I highly recommend this game, although it's more serious sim then that which you can have fun destroying your creations ( at the time being at least )
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48 of 62 people (77%) found this review helpful
60 people found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
build lots of sewage outlets
build dam infront
flood city with pure ♥♥♥♥


10/10 city builder
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Mod let you fly a boeing. 9/11 IGN
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Built a dam. Flooded my city.

10/10
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
53.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Less than 2 weeks I have owned Skylines, already 50+ hours of fun building, already I've hit that nirvana of losing time as I tinker with some piece of my city. There are not the proper words to express how much this game blows the most recent iteration of SimCity out of the water. I know I'll easy log 500+ hours on this game over the next year - and for $30! I would've felt it well-purchased at $50.

The road building tools actually function, the pathfinding isn't stupid, the city size is larger than I've needed so far, and the tools to micro-manage exist without requiring use.

Value, fun, and only the beginning.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
An addictive, time-stealing game that has city building true to the core. Worthy of the hype, steep and enjoyble learning curve. Steam workshop is brimming with interesting additions to your city. You, yourself, can alter the appearance of any building to your tastes. You can truly build anything to match your imagination.

My only gripe is the fact my save files and ultimately my mega city errored and I lost that. Don't know what happened but this game is so much fun that starting from the ground up again is very enjoyable.

10/10 would play until 4am again.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Ruined my life.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
You can make your enemies (citizens) drink their own poo.

10/10 Would place water intake dowstream from poo disposal again.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
I find it difficult to 'review' Sim games because the tend to be more like toys than actual games.
Alongside that, I've never really been that good at them. I have some tenure with three different SimCity games and it usually amounts to moneyflow being non-existent, and I just get frustrated and nuke the town with UFO's, Tornadoes, and Volcanoes. It was great fun for when I was younger, but now at my age I demand something more satisfying.

Cities: Skylines delivers. With a modicum of patience, starting relatively small, I am actually capable of creating a city that functions.
Granted I have a few issues, usually with traffic and land value. (My games I can’t usually afford to throw decent parks on every corner to make everyone happy). Regardless, my values tend to be over 70% in most cases and I call that a victory for my usual tenure in City-Sim games.

That's not to say how much FUN I'm having with the game. There's just something so satisfying about seeing all those plots of zoning evolve into buildings, and in turn watching those buildings evolve on their own as they get better educated, higher land values, and more customers. I want to see them succeed because I want to see what they look like next!

The workshop helps in this endeavor. One of my earlier complaints was that, after a few hours, building after building looked a bit same-y. The workshop introduces entire collections of buildings and downloading a few helps with variety and it's lovely to see.
Using mods locks the ability to earn achievements. Practical, due to the infinite money mod available in the base game. However it's annoying in practice since I am treating this game like a sandbox and a toy, so I activate a few mods and then just let the fun fly.
Thankfully the fun factor outweighs my need for achievements.

Ultimately, it's one of the first Sim games I've been able to succeed at. It's taking me away from some of my other duties on MMO's and the like, and considering playing one MMO is like having a part time job in its own right, this is quite the accomplishment for a quaint 30$ game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
I've read it before and I'll say it again... This is what Sim City should have been. I sat down thinking, "It'll be fun, but I'll do something else in about an hour." Nope. THIS is I remember Sim City series used to be like. If you're on the fence about this game, GET IT. You won't be disappointed. If you're considering a certain game from EA, stop here and get this game. I believe the developers have reignited the excitement of this genre. I can't wait for what they do in the future.
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