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Cities in Motion

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Windows
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Description

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 easier to build tramway lines on big avenues.
Cities in Motion Windows It is possible to complete achievements during the game.
Cities in Motion Windows Menu screen.
Cities in Motion Windows Building a tramway line over a bridge.

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The Press Says

Brash Games Windows Feb 10, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Resolution Magazine Windows Feb 25, 2011 9 out of 10 90
ripten Windows Feb 22, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Mana Pool Windows Feb 15, 2011 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar 01, 2011 76 out of 100 76
Gamers Daily News Windows Mar 08, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamer.nl Windows Mar 05, 2011 7 out of 10 70
IGN Windows Mar 22, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Cyber Stratege Windows Feb 22, 2011 7 out of 10 70
GameElite.se Windows Mar 01, 2011 7 out of 10 70

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