Manage transportation for commuters in four of the world's greatest cities - Vienna, Helsinki, Berlin, and Amsterdam
User reviews: Mostly Positive (470 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 22, 2011

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Includes 14 items: Cities in Motion, Cities in Motion: Design Classics, Cities In Motion: Design Dreams, Cities in Motion: Design Marvels, Cities in Motion: Design Now, Cities in Motion: Design Quirks, Cities in Motion: German Cities, Cities in Motion: London, Cities in Motion: Metro Stations, Cities in Motion: Paris, Cities in Motion: St. Petersburg, Cities in Motion: Tokyo, Cities in Motion: Ulm, Cities in Motion: US Cities

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Includes 20 items: Cities in Motion, Cities in Motion 2, Cities in Motion 2: Trekking Trolleys, Cities in Motion 2: Back to the Past, Cities in Motion 2: Bus Mania, Cities in Motion 2: Lofty Landmarks, Cities in Motion 2: Metro Madness, Cities in Motion 2: Olden Times, Cities in Motion 2: Wending Waterbuses, Cities in Motion: Design Classics, Cities In Motion: Design Dreams, Cities in Motion: Design Marvels, Cities in Motion: Design Now, Cities in Motion: Design Quirks, Cities in Motion: German Cities, Cities in Motion: Metro Stations, Cities in Motion: Paris, Cities in Motion: Tokyo, Cities in Motion: Ulm, Cities in Motion: US Cities

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Includes 13 items: Cities in Motion: Design Classics, Cities In Motion: Design Dreams, Cities in Motion: Design Marvels, Cities in Motion: Design Now, Cities in Motion: Design Quirks, Cities in Motion: German Cities, Cities in Motion: London, Cities in Motion: Metro Stations, Cities in Motion: Paris, Cities in Motion: St. Petersburg, Cities in Motion: Tokyo, Cities in Motion: Ulm, Cities in Motion: US Cities

 

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"Great transport manager game. You use existing city layout to build your transport empire instead of going full city building yourself."

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About This Game

Rendered in rich detail, four of the world’s greatest cities - Vienna, Helsinki, Berlin, and Amsterdam - await the steady hand of a planner to manage their transportation needs in Cities in Motion.
Overseeing the changing needs of people from 1920 to 2020, it’s up to you to manage everything from buses, trams and subway trains to maximize profits while pleasing commuters.

Key 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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800/ATI Radeon HD 3850 or higher (integrated video cards not supported), 512 MB RAM, OpenGL 3.0
    • OS: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core or higher
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800/ATI Radeon HD 3850 or higher with 512 MB RAM, OpenGL 3.0
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVIDIA GeForce 8800, 512 MB RAM or ATI Radeon HD 3850, 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.2, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Extremely difficult game even on "easy" level. I didn't understand how to play, how to earn money and satisfy passengers.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Not fun, just time-consuming.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Initially, this game was right up my alley. I am a huge tycoon / sim junkie and I was able to grasp the basics right off the bat.

However, the main issue I have is the sim engine itself is incredibly difficult to work with. To make money, you need to move passengers from point A to B. Optimum lines for doing such tend to be a little too popular and in order to keep up with the demand, you need to add more vehicles. More vehicles clog up the roadways (which don't seem to thin out no matter how many people you have using the public system in the first place), which deceases your efficiency even more. In the midst of this entire mess, you have to constantly babysit your wages and ticket prices as the in-game economy fluctuates. Too high, and your already angry customer base will ignore you completely, leaving you with no income. Too low, and your lines get flooded, which then turns into a rinse and repeat of the first problem.

I managed to successfully beat the first scenario after a countless number of restarts, and I am still hung up on the second after 22 hours of play. In the end, you always end up broke and PO'd unless you did things 100% the way the designers intended. Deviate just a little, and you're toast.

In the end, CiM is just a puzzler pretending to be a sim. Avoid unless you have the Buddha's patience.
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60 of 63 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
49.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
If you've ever been annoyed at public transport, here's one for you. See if you can do better.
Cities in motion is a simulator game where you can be the one to work out the public transport of a city. Sounds easy enough, just some bus lines here and there. A tram line on this road here, and everything is connected.
And then you give it a while, and there's 8 busses waiting for that one bus stop with a waiting line of 250 people. Clearly you didn't think that one through. But that's okay, where a normal job as public transport planner would have you fired for that, here you can try again or fix it somehow. So then you can add subway stations, boats, and helicopters, and before you know it you're covering the city and hours passed.

The interface and controls are easy to learn(If a little odd at times), and the game mechanics are easy enough as well. However, mastering the game mechanics and planning out the city public transport is much harder. You'll have to go through several attempts to figure out what goes wrong and how to fix it, and you may want to take a look at the actual public transport system in your city for ideas.
Edit: Also, it has some inaccuracies. Amsterdam does not look anything like that. And you can just build a subway tunnel under the Berlin wall. Replacing old vehicles is a pain too.

As for the technical details, it's surprisingly good. Every citizen appears to be modeled*(*I didn't count them. at least a large enough amount of them to make the cities feel alive), and you can follow them through their morning commute, shopping trips, and visits to others. And this is all supported by the game mechanics, you can set a citizen as interesting person, and the game will show you a portrait of him where he goes. (Warning: Long) In my latest case, I looked at a factory in Vienna, and found a red car driving from the top of a parking garage(Mentally following it through the roof as it drove down) next to it down to the ground floor and onto the streets. So I asked, why is this person not using the public transport system to work and back? Wilhelm Klein, factory supervisor - Drives by car from his home, connected to the public transport, to work, also connected to the public transport system. He then went shopping at a big department store, which too was connected by public transport.
After that, he went to a church far outside of Vienna, in a smaller village where I did not yet expand to. He then returned home.

I didn't have the money, but I figured I'd have to connect that place somehow when I did get money. So I went on to look around town, just watching people board the bus and go around. After a while, Wilhelm was moving again. Another day at work. This time, he wandered to the tram stop down the street and was quickly picked up by one of the passing trams. He then got out at a connection to the subway, but instead took the bus at that same subway station, and rode it all the way down to work.
A while after, he boarded the bus again and I watched him go back to the tram station for what I assumed to be the way home. But not this time. This time he went into the subway, so I look at his info screen and see his destination is a ministry building near the town center and then back home with a direct tram line. I connect the extra village with a busline, and I speed up time a bit.

When I check back on Wilhelm, he has a new job. He is hired as secretary in the ministry building he went to way back then. Perhaps he couldn't handle his supervisor job at the factory, or perhaps he never really wanted it in the first place.
But either way, Wilhelm is happy now, and he can go with a direct tram line from his home to his work, and from there, anywhere in Vienna he wants.

Mission succesfull, the citizens of Vienna can stay in motion
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45 of 54 people (83%) found this review helpful
73.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
I spent many MANY hours playing Transport Tycoon, OpenTTD, and both Aerobiz games for the SNES, and this falls into the same vein of transport business simulation. Thankfully, it also lives up to that standard of excellence. It's very easy to grasp some of the core concepts, but it is definitely more difficult to master the game. If you're into business simulations, this is absolutely worth playing.
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