Wednesday 23 February 2011

Taxi!! Cities in Motion - A transport simulator

Anyone who has been a long term PC gamer has heard of the SimCity series (SimCity, 2000, 3000, 4), which spawned the probably more famous The Sims series, and those players would have probably remembered the great classic Tycoon series which included Transport Tycoon (Deluxe) (TT/TTD) and Transport Tycoon Deluxe (TTD). These games have been immortalised in PC gaming legend for being simple to pick up and deep enough to be hard to put down.

Cities in Motion is the new boy on the block, a rather nice looking transport simulator. Developed by Colossal Order Ltd and published by Paradox Interactive, it's a game which looks to reinvigourate a corner of the market which has seen better days.

A demo of the game is freely available and is out now in America. The user interface (UI) is neatly done, allowing you to intuitively switch between the various important views and deciding what type of transportation your people need to get to work and around their own little world is relatively easy. Providing the level of support to your people is not an easy task but one which seems to provide a nice challenge without being too hard or too easy, though I hope for some nice difficulty options in the full release.

About the 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 
Cities in Motion has already been released in America (22nd Feb) and is scheduled for it's UK and EU release on the 25th Feb.

Check out my other previews and reviews here

Cities in Motion is available at the following stores: 

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