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  • Summary: Featuring an in-depth campaign mode made up of 12 scenarios along with an open ended sandbox mode, an advanced map editor that allows players to create their own cities, plus much more, Cities in Motion will challenge players to create the perfect public transport system that has no cancellations, no delays and where the passengers are always happy! Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Feb 25, 2011
    86
    A positive surprise, a remarkable "public transport tycoon" game from a brand new dev team that clears all the basic hurdles of the genre and manages to be entertaining. Traffic simulation needs some fixes, but otherwise quite polished and beautiful - just make sure your video card is good enough.
  2. Mar 7, 2011
    80
    Cities in Motion is a beautiful, deep and engaging economic strategy game. Making sure that the public transit system runs smoothly is highly addictive, though constant traffic jams will probably frustrate new players.
  3. Mar 9, 2011
    80
    Notwithstanding a few little imperfections, Cities in Motion is really complete from every side, including the unbeatable price.
  4. Mar 4, 2011
    70
    It's not without its quirks but Cities In Motion is a dependable heir to the transport sim genre's throne.
  5. Apr 18, 2011
    70
    Difficult, nerdy, tedious but satisfying. What more could you want in a lover? [May 2011, p.70]
  6. Mar 15, 2011
    70
    Cities in Motion is an innovative and well thought through tycoon-game. By putting the focus on the managing of public transport in the cities, the game distinguishes itself from other tycoon-games. The concept has been worked out well as a whole, but the balance in gameplay could've used more refinement.
  7. 40
    Cities in Motion is a good example of what a young Finnish game studio is capable of: 3D graphics and programming. Good games remain beyond their reach so far. [Mar 2011]

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  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. bpe
    Mar 10, 2011
    10
    This does a pretty good job of being a real-time simulation of a complex problem. Of course it isn't going to match real life exactly, but it works well for what it is trying to do: be a decent simulation of transportation (think somewhere between Railroad Tycoon and Sim City). Graphics and interface are good, and I am impressed with the overall rendering. The accuracy is a bit simplified, but is still good. Expand
  2. Jun 24, 2012
    10
    I can't really say how Cities in Motion was at release but as of now, June 2012 with all the patches and some DLCs it is stable and very playable. Sure the performance could be better and the campaign quests are quite silly but nevertheless it is addictingly fun to play. Definetly recommended for gamers who like simulation style games. Expand
  3. Feb 23, 2011
    10
    It's the first traffic simulation game in years. The details are amazing and the graphics just really cool! The game runs smoothly, even if lots of vehicles and people are moving around the cities. Some minor issues found during the first day of playing, but nothing that worries me and the developers seems to be aware of it and works closely together with community to make the game better. I'm looking forward to see Cities in Motion grow and will probably spend hours playing this game! Expand
  4. Mar 14, 2013
    8
    This is surprisingly fun. I bought it during a steam sale hoping for a more modern Simcity type experience. While you don't get to build and design the cities, you do get to lay out and design your cities like you do in simcity but you get huge control in the design of the transit system (which is the point of the game) Subways, buses, streetcars, helicopters and water-taxis are all used in this game which I have personally spent way too much time in.

    The core game only gives you two cities and they offer other cities as DLC which I can understand since this is a pretty esoteric game, they have to make money some how. The DLC is often on sale on steam during their sale periods and I picked up most of the other cities for a dollar or two each. All in all this is pretty fun.
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  5. Mar 3, 2012
    7
    Not a bad 20 hour distraction if you like transport management games although it doesn't have as grand a scale as the classics (e.g. Transport Tycoon)
  6. Nov 23, 2012
    5
    Cities in Motion could be a great game. Unfortunately there are numerous glaring flaws in the game which even after a couple of years have not been fixed. The most glaring issue is the bizarre way that implementing a mass transit system in your city is a recipe for gridlock. Yes, that's right - getting people to ditch their cars for public transport results in massive traffic jams. Very counter-intuitive. The reason for this is quite simply incompetence on the part of the programmers, as there are several issues that conspire to create this situation: poor AI (cars never overtake even when there are two lanes), incredibly slow loading and unloading of passengers at stops and the inability to build stops that don't block traffic. One of the "solutions" to this problem on the official forums include the gem of suggesting you do not build lines where there's high traffic (which defeats the point). What you can do is build metro systems instead - but that kind of defeats the point of the game if the other modes of transport are rendered obsolete. So CiM is a nice try, but quite simply not good enough. Traffic Giant didn't have these glaring issues and is a much older game. It's a pity that the devs don't seem to care, because a little bit of effort on their part would turn this game from mediocre to enjoyable if they could just fix these issues instead of charging an arm and a leg for unnecessary DLC when the core game has such fundamental issues. Expand
  7. Mar 30, 2013
    2
    The game is ok at first but it gets boring and feels much more like a job than a video game. The optimization is also bad on my PC considering I have a HD 7870. Expand

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