Manage transportation for commuters in four of the world's greatest cities - Vienna, Helsinki, Berlin, and Amsterdam
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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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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
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WEEGEEMEN
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
I didn't like it :L
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Prince Hikaru
2.3 hrs
Posted: August 19
Quite a nice management game to me. Its simple to play and you are only required to maintain a transport system on a predefined map only. This makes it not so complex where you have to build things up from stretch. One main area of focus is the best for me.

Overall, I give it a 9 / 10.
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Matt Hardy UK
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 17
This game is just messy. When you come to play this game after you've played Cities Skyline, you can't appreciate the way the game works and you start missing the semplicity of the design in CS, which is still more realistic than in CIM.

I suppose my expectations were different coming from CIM. At the end of the day, the game deliveres exactly what it claims. Still I can't help feeling it falls a bit flat: once you've accomplished a few tasks it just gets boring.

The main fault is that some actions which should really be easy become very complicated - I found it was almost impossible to build a tube station. Again, when compared to CS this game becomes redundant. Taken alone, it's still not essential and I've learnt more from CS - I'm sorry but despite the different aims the 2 games have the comparison it's almost impossible to avoid.
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DeadAnt
110.9 hrs
Posted: August 12
Build transportation routes. Yep, thats it, and it's a blast! If you are a Trasnport Tycoon type of person, you will enjoy this.
Multitude of cities, a main quest line, Vehicle types are a bit lacking but still enough to work with.
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urszula-ruczynska
45.0 hrs
Posted: August 5
Cities in Motion is an AWSOME sim, with buses, choppers, trams, trains and boats you can do whatever you want, whatever route can be in the game, whatever TRANSPORT, but I would like the airplanes to be moreover like in real life, and be able to add airports in the game to have routes to other cities in the world, and if you have a ferry port like Calais, Dover, Portsmouth, etc., please add ferries for services to other countries and do small ones if the need to sail is over a small river, and please, do it for me and all the people in the world, add coaches to travel to other cities as well.
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Stunter
33.3 hrs
Posted: July 30
The best and only public transport simulator, it's pretty good for it's age.
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jennasteele
2.0 hrs
Posted: July 23
i like trains
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Lachie1770
4.2 hrs
Posted: June 28
Cities in motion 1 is a good game if you are good at Budgeting or good at cheating money instead.. Anyway The way routes work is alot better then the second game as they do NOT go through a terminal (At-least for buses and trams). The only game this needed was a unlimited money mode like the second game. This Had some more features like Advertising, Better Train stations, They actually looked and worked better in this game.. But overall good game if you get it on sale...
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DutchBoy
3.6 hrs
Posted: June 25
Grabbed this as it looked like a nice alternative to OpenTTD. Although the game looks nice, and easy to setup routes etc... making money is very difficult - so you'll constantly be restarting your games.
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mariobolden
14.3 hrs
Posted: June 25
Core game is too short unless you want to buy all the dlc
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Cities in Motion is an AWSOME sim, with buses, choppers, trams, trains and boats you can do whatever you want, whatever route can be in the game, whatever TRANSPORT, but I would like the airplanes to be moreover like in real life, and be able to add airports in the game to have routes to other cities in the world, and if you have a ferry port like Calais, Dover, Portsmouth, etc., please add ferries for services to other countries and do small ones if the need to sail is over a small river, and please, do it for me and all the people in the world, add coaches to travel to other cities as well.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
110.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Build transportation routes. Yep, thats it, and it's a blast! If you are a Trasnport Tycoon type of person, you will enjoy this.
Multitude of cities, a main quest line, Vehicle types are a bit lacking but still enough to work with.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
This game is just messy. When you come to play this game after you've played Cities Skyline, you can't appreciate the way the game works and you start missing the semplicity of the design in CS, which is still more realistic than in CIM.

I suppose my expectations were different coming from CIM. At the end of the day, the game deliveres exactly what it claims. Still I can't help feeling it falls a bit flat: once you've accomplished a few tasks it just gets boring.

The main fault is that some actions which should really be easy become very complicated - I found it was almost impossible to build a tube station. Again, when compared to CS this game becomes redundant. Taken alone, it's still not essential and I've learnt more from CS - I'm sorry but despite the different aims the 2 games have the comparison it's almost impossible to avoid.
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87 of 92 people (95%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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50 of 59 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
76.3 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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45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
94.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2014
Brilliant! I've spent more time on it than steam says (offline play) - a lot of it as well. It's a great transport strategy game. The work of a genius, and can run on my laptop with only 6GB RAM and awful everything else. From that point of view, it's even better than number 2. The campaigns are great fun, and challenging, for example, they ask you to build a tube link...but you only really have enough money for a bus route, so do you save up, or hope the line is a success.
Also the ability for custom games, and map creation make this a truly amazing game!
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47 of 62 people (76%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
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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75 of 110 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
It was for me great fun to play this game in the begin - However there is a super enoying bug that will happen eventually in any city with metro trains and renders the whole system unplayable.

Usually in the late stage of the game there will be always an important metro station where trains rediculously will just not leave before they are completely full (which takes very long because they are waiting very long for single people who are just entering the station)!!! This causes heavy jams in front of the stations where trains que up infinetly. People on subsequent stops can hardly enter the train thus get angry. Also you can not add more trains to the line because they will only add to the que in front of this one faulty station

This is messing with the whole (!) metro nework and there is absolutly nothing what you can do about it ...

The bug is known but the developers sadly don't care about it.

Also beware of high CPU Loads and memory leaks. After some time the Game will slow down as hell.

The missions are mostly funny, but instead of encouraging and guide you to build a reasonable network, it rather forces you to build non-profitable lines.
There is in general not much assistance or feedback to understand why your system is working or not as well as the statistics are not so useful.

The mod system is great - very active community.

bottom line: In the beginn it's a good fun to play this game but it lacks long term motivation because of enoying bugs and lack of reasonable feedback.

PS: The screenshots are very misleading about the actual gameplay! Please use google picture search or steam community tab if you want to get a real impression of the game interface.
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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,856.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
This game has been a lot of fun for me (check out my play time!~) I recommend it if you like builder and simulation type games~
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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2014
Paradox were kind enough to gift me this game on their previously owned Gamersgate service for taking part in a survey. I later picked it up in a bundle, so excuse my modest playtime.

The very first transport tycoon game I've ever played, and might as well be the best one. I love all the different eras, the cities, the music...

It's relaxing to watch, challenging to succeed and even tense If you're like me and think along the lines of "go big, or go home!" as that is exactly how imminent bankruptcy SHOULD make you feel.

I particularly love the high metros, like the ones in Chicago or New York.

You need a nice CPU though to avoid lag, anything over 3 ghz would be mighty fine I'd wager.

Also, avoid the sequel.

9/10
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