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In Cities in Motion the player needs to design and plan the public traffic network of four cities: Vienna, Helsinki, Berlin and Amsterdam. He has the choice between four campaigns with twelve scenarios, e.g. Berlin in 1925, or a free playing mode. He can't directly influence the cities itself, so for example if a city is not suitable for trams it is not possible to break down a few houses like on other strategy games - the player has to use buses instead. Overall there are about 30 different transportation vehicles (depending on the time period), so besides the usual trains and subways there are also more exotic ones like water buses or helicopters to use.

Besides the obvious goal to prevent traffic jams it is also important to be financially successful. This means the player needs to analyze the population of a city - the game knows seven social groups with different tastes for transportation. During the campaigns the player can take on optional missions. Time basically flows in real-time, but it can be accelerated (or paused) if needed.

The handling is similar to other games of this genre: the player chooses what he wants to build in menus and clicks on the location he wants to place it, so for example for a bus line he places the stops and buys the bus. Prices, advertising and statistics are viewed/changed in menus. Of course there also emerge small and big problems while playing, which have to be taken care of, e.g. fires, defect vehicles or simply a too high demand.

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Cities in Motion Windows It is possible to see where exactly lives or works each kind of population.
Cities in Motion Windows After setting up the most beautiful public transport system, I'm kicked out.
Cities in Motion Windows Too many unhappy people waiting for a tram in front of Berlin main station.
Cities in Motion Windows Old vehicles may disappear at one point from the vehicle shop.

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Resolution Magazine Windows Feb 25, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Gamer.no Windows Mar 02, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Multiplayer.it Windows Feb 21, 2011 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb 21, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Mana Pool Windows Feb 15, 2011 7.8 out of 10 78
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar 01, 2011 76 out of 100 76
Gamers Daily News Windows Mar 08, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Watcher Windows Feb 18, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Windows Mar 02, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Nukezilla Windows May 13, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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