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  • Summary: Developed by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines offers sprawling landscapes and maps with endless sandbox gameplay and new ways to expand your city. Key to progression is the ability to influence your city’s policy by incorporating taxation into districts. All this including the ability to modDeveloped by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines offers sprawling landscapes and maps with endless sandbox gameplay and new ways to expand your city. Key to progression is the ability to influence your city’s policy by incorporating taxation into districts. All this including the ability to mod the game to suit your play style makes this the definitive city building simulation. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Sep 18, 2018
    82
    Cities: Skylines is still a great game on Nintendo Switch, but it's a version inevitably flawed by technical limits and intricate interface.
  2. 80
    I ended up getting sucked in surprisingly quickly, and I can see myself spending a lot more time trying to build up my city. It’s essentially a game you can keep playing forever, after all. If the framerate can be improved at all and gyro + touchscreen controls can be added, then this will make for a truly stellar port. Nevertheless, it’s still a surprise that Cities has been brought to Switch at all, and it’s managed to be competent enough to be worth a try.
  3. Oct 15, 2018
    80
    The depth on offer in Cities Skylines is staggering, which is why being able to pick that up and take it with you is so exceptional. There is a limit to how successfully the console version is able to emulate the PC experience, but it does a good enough job that I can’t recommend the game enough to the Switch owner hankering for a city building game for their favorite hybrid console.
  4. Oct 4, 2018
    70
    Despite the issues mentioned here, Cities Skylines on the Switch is still tremendous fun to play no matter if you’re playing it on the TV or in handheld mode. Here’s hoping some of the technical issues can be ironed out as time goes on, but if you can put up with a little jank and don’t have a PC to check it out on, Cities Skylines is still the best city sim out there and now you can play it anywhere.
  5. Sep 24, 2018
    65
    I’ve had a ton of fun playing Cities on a portable for nearly 15 hours but this is not worth buying in its current state unless you can stomach the visual and performance issues
  6. Sep 16, 2018
    60
    A predictably flawed Switch port which works fine in terms of gameplay but loses a lot of the spectacle and stress-free enjoyment to frustrating frame rate issues.
  7. Sep 21, 2018
    45
    Difficult to tell if it's due to the Switch system or the global optimization but Cities Skylines suffers here from serious technical issues, even if it brings a cool nomade port, easy to handle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    This is just perfect, Cities: Skylines on the switch runs suprisingly well and is incredible fun to play. Experienced docked and portableThis is just perfect, Cities: Skylines on the switch runs suprisingly well and is incredible fun to play. Experienced docked and portable gameplay, and both run very intuitively when there are so many options available. Can't wait for the Green Cities and Mass Transit expansions! Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2018
    10
    The game works perfectly in switch, dont hear sony trolls or bribed press, all lies
  3. Mar 13, 2020
    10
    After Animal Crossing and Zelda Breath of The Wild, this is the game by far that I most play on my Switch. The performance issues are not aAfter Animal Crossing and Zelda Breath of The Wild, this is the game by far that I most play on my Switch. The performance issues are not a thing for the wonderful portable playability, on a laptop (i7 with 12Gb ram, ssd disk) I have a worst performance than on Switch. After you get used to the controls you have a better experience than on a PC. Expand
  4. Sep 20, 2018
    8
    I have never played this game on other platforms, and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and flexibility of the simulation. City SkylinesI have never played this game on other platforms, and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and flexibility of the simulation. City Skylines is a fantastic simulation, in the sense that the core challenge lies in building in designing, zoning and managing a city. I am on my 3. city, I haven´t seen a game over screen and this is not that kind of game (although I have seen bankruptcy warning and offers of a one-time bailout where you. but I started a new city because I did design-mistakes and learned from those)

    The game works really well in portable mode. but you will need to zoom in quite a bit to see the 5-point marker when you measure road length (useful when you follow tutorials on youtube for a battery or do precision designs). I have so far just played the default mode with limited resources where more stuff unlock as you go. You can play it differently by turning on unlimited budgets etc. I have 40+ hours of game time, and when I start it´s hard to stop. It´s a bit casual but extremely engaging, and find myself doing detail stuff like getting info on individual cars to see where they are going and giving garbage trucks customized names. This game is so good.

    I noticed a few places have commented on the frame-rate, but the game remains very playable.
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  5. Sep 23, 2018
    8
    I'll start by saying this is a really solid port. I've really enjoyed playing the last few days and am amazed that they were able to get theI'll start by saying this is a really solid port. I've really enjoyed playing the last few days and am amazed that they were able to get the entire Cities: Skylines experience on the switch. The biggest thing pulling the game down is the frame rate as your city grows. Ive often had it slow down to 15-20 frames while in a busy area of my city which can really make your game feel sluggish and unresponsive. Luckily, if you zoom out a bit and slow down the time when zoomed in close it runs very smooth. All in all if you enjoy city management games and have always wanted a full Sim City styled experience on the go, I can honestly say this is the best way to scratch that itch. Expand
  6. Dec 10, 2020
    8
    Honestly those who commented on the Framerate need to fix their expectations. This game runs surprisingly well on the Switch in both handheldHonestly those who commented on the Framerate need to fix their expectations. This game runs surprisingly well on the Switch in both handheld and docked modes. I have a city nearly 100k big and still get a solid 25-30, which is definitely playable given that it's 100% portable. My only complaint is that to do this there are a number drawbacks **IF** you're coming from PC. Once you hit a certain population the simulation speed is locked out at 2x speed max, there's reduced tools such as per district policies and traffic light options. However like I said these are only mild complaints from a seasoned PC player used to 100+ mods. If you've never played it before or only played vanilla PC you'll have a blast considering you can play this amazing city simulator anywhere you want! Expand
  7. Jan 1, 2020
    0
    Do not play the Nintendo switch version it is bad. It is very glitchy and lags so bad. There is a 5-20 second lag in-between each time youDo not play the Nintendo switch version it is bad. It is very glitchy and lags so bad. There is a 5-20 second lag in-between each time you press the A button to place an object down and if you move the cursor before it places the object down it will place it in the wrong place. The graphics are very bad in handheld mode. It looks like Sims 2000 on the PlayStation 1 from 20 years ago. I will be deleting the game. I just wish I could get my money back Expand

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