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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.


Cities in Motion Windows Underground view and building.
Cities in Motion Windows Aerial view of Amsterdam.
Cities in Motion Windows After setting up the most beautiful public transport system, I'm kicked out.
Cities in Motion Windows Scenario briefing.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Транспортная империя" -- Russian spelling

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ripten Windows Feb 22, 2011 9 out of 10 90
YouGamers Windows Feb 25, 2011 86 out of 100 86 Windows Feb 17, 2011 82 out of 100 82
Gameswelt Windows Feb 16, 2011 78 out of 100 78
Mana Pool Windows Feb 15, 2011 7.8 out of 10 78
Hooked Gamers Windows Feb 16, 2011 7.7 out of 10 77
Gamers Daily News Windows Mar 08, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75 Windows Mar 10, 2011 15 out of 20 75
IGN Windows Mar 22, 2011 7 out of 10 70 Windows Mar 05, 2011 7 out of 10 70


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