Manage transportation for commuters in four of the world's greatest cities - Vienna, Helsinki, Berlin, and Amsterdam
User reviews: Very Positive (340 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
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
71.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I had stepped away from CIM afer being dissappointed by CIM 2 unrealistic and minimal cities, cartoonish loading screen and compromised mechanics. I downloaded it again along wth some DLC's and I find myself enjoying it more than ever. Beautiful graphics, excellent mechanics, makes recent games like Train Fever and others primitive at best. If I could just get a bus that holds 500 passengers.......
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Some people would say this is better than Cities in Motion 2, I don't understand their way of thinking, I now have both games and after only an hour and a half this one has become very boring and repeatative. OK so CiM2 may not be perfect but it has far and away much more going on, much more content and far more choices on what you can do, sorry but even at £5 (10$) this game is boring.
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
75.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
$20 for 2 campagins. You read that right, _two_ campaigns. This game was over in 4 hours.

The game is a neat concept, but the interface is clunky at best. Items are very difficult to select on the map, and you're often left accidentally spending money because of it.

But my main gripe is that this game is just here to sell DLC.

TWO campagins ?! Come on ...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Hones your thought of Mass Transit planning ~ 8/10
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
GREAT GAME! 7/10

good city builder mode and good campain
i reccomend this game even if you do not like
these types of games. i will defanatly buy the
second cities in motion!
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Good, Solid, Fun!
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9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I actually prefer this original CIM more than CIM2. It is its own unique game, so you can't really compare it to another game. Its not without its bugs and annoyances though, which include Traffic Jams (Saving, Restarting and Reloading sometimes helps) and more passengers than you will be able to transport.. The DLC vehicles also get added into timeframes they do not belong in, making it unrealistic to the point where you will ignore the small vehicles and just go for the larger\bigger DLC vehicles which carry the most passengers and non DLC vehicles are stupidly slow and handle small numbers of passengers. However overlooking this, it is possible to play with an erection and you can find yourself either quick playing to complete campaign tasks or modifying, changing and adding to existing routes. A few have complained about DLC price but this often appears in sales and cheap on Bundle websites with the DLC, so keep looking and if you see it on sale with the DLC or in a bundle, its worth a go.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
49.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
For the benefit of other Linux users: Bought and installed under Linux: (unsupported) Ubuntu 13.10, tutorial crashes all the time, which is rather annoying. Can't recommend, but YMMW.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Unintuitive interface, lack of guidance ruin what could have been a pretty good simulator.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
This game is a ♥♥♥♥ sandwich
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I really like this game. Its a lot better than Cities in motion 2 but cause of unfair regional pricing for EU countries I can not recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
The learning curve is pretty steep and becomes frustrating. There is also no undo button so if you mess up building something then you've just wasted money.

I came into this expecting something similar to Sim City but more focused on public transport. I left disappointed and feeling like I needed a degree in order to play the game properly.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Personally I love transport and simulation games so this game is pretty awesome. Do not get the second game though, it is quite hard and the layout is messy 7.6/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
70.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This game is addictive and fun. I really enjoy it. Recommended for those who like management sims.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Thoroughly engaging. Despite it's on the surface simplicity, Cities in Motion is an in-depth public transport manager with excellent communter behavior. The tutorials are excellent, completing them gives you a basic understanding of the game, but a fully fledged, more functioning system requires experience and additional guide reading; the game doesn't hold your hand all the way through.

It must be said however, that much of the game's flaws lies in it's engine. It's extremely limited in functionality (you can't rotate stations at a 45 degree angle for instance) and at times, rather clunky. With that aside, this is an excellent game and I highly recommend it for Sim City and management affectionados.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
I really want to love this game, but I feel like it's punishing me for playing it. Games should make you feel relaxed, and shouldn't frustrate you. I constantly have this feeling that the game is buggy and isn't made super user friendly. That's sad, man, that's so sad.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Cities in Motion is a transport management sim.

The interface is a little cryptic and this game is by no means Transport Tycoon, the campaign is a little clunky and the graphics are acceptable.

Railroad Tycoon 2 and Transport Giant are better games, but they're old. There aren't that many transport games out there and this was the best at the time I bought it.

The game doesn't explain itself well at times and can be frustrating but is overall an enjoyable experience.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Great game - really detailed and good fun. Can be really hard to keep up with demand at the start though.
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9 of 19 people (47%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
It's fun to play, you can make cities and then make transport for the city and manage it. It does crash occasionally but then again most games do.

6/10
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