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Resolution Magazine (Feb 25, 2011)
In the end, the issues are minor; slight annoyances that are easy to look past if you allow yourself to be taken in but City in Motion’s addictive and entertaining management experience. I love it and if you have the slightest interest in management games, if you can remember the sheer joy of games of yore like Sim City and Theme Park, then this could be the game for you.
ripten (Feb 22, 2011)
Overall Cities in Motion combines a great mixture of flexibility, challenging difficulties and a great interface. All of this culminates into a great product that I just wanted to keep playing and playing. Adding that extra line, jacking the ticket prices just a bit, it’s all extremely engrossing and rewarding if you put the time in to learn the ins and outs of this soon to be cult hit game.
Brash Games (Feb 10, 2011)
To be fair, this is an awesome game, very well presented, very well written, absorbing and entertaining. But, like SimCity, Transport Tycoon or any other simulation it has its niche audience and whilst there appears to be have been a bit of a gap in this genre recently it will only appeal to those who enjoy this kind of city-wide management. It won’t pull the hardcore FPS guys away from their gamepads, but it certainly keeps those of us who really enjoy this kind of game enthralled for many hours. Well done Paradox and Colossal Order, a game well done.
YouGamers (Feb 25, 2011)
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.
82 (Feb 17, 2011)
Anspruchsvoll, dynamisch, frei! Cities in Motion gefällt mir viel besser als die zuletzt erschienenen Städtebau-Simulationen, da es selbst nach zig Partien immer wieder spannend ist. Obwohl es sich auf den Nahverkehr beschränkt, bietet es eine Spieltiefe, die heutzutage in diesem Genre selten ist. Das verwundert auch deshalb positiv, da es sich schließlich um den Erstling der bislang völlig unbekannten finnischen Indie-Entwickler handelt. Hier reicht es eben nicht, wenn man die Linie einfach nur baut, man muss sie aufmerksam überwachen, entwickeln und auf Erfolg überprüfen. Alles im Spiel ist zudem im ständigen Wandel: Gesellschaft, Technik und Design.
80 (Mar 07, 2011)
Nonostante alcune limitazioni (leggere alla voce "solo quattro città disponibili") e alcune piccole magagne dal punto di vista tecnico/strutturale, Cities in Motion è uno di quei titoli in grado di fagocitare quantità enormi del vostro tempo senza che possiate rendervene realmente conto e il voto va a premiare in maniera naturale il lavoro svolto dai ragazzi di Colossal. E quando organizzerete gli spostamenti all'interno della vostra casa fra camera da letto e cucina in modo da smobilitare il traffico verso il bagno, allora credetemi, sarà già troppo tardi...
80 (Feb 21, 2011)
Cities in Motion riempie a dovere il vuoto lasciato nel genere dall'indimenticato Transport Tycoon. La fatica di Colossal Order si dimostra appagante in ogni suo aspetto, dando così al giocatore la facoltà di passare ore e ore di divertimento nel tentativo di donare alle città presenti un sistema di trasporto pubblico come si deve. Ai pochissimi difetti individuati nel corpo della recensione si unisce la speranza di vedere in futuro un eventuale seguito - o contenuti aggiuntivi per questo stesso gioco - ulteriormente ampliato, soprattutto nella componente "sociale", che possa quindi permettere una maggior condivisione delle creazioni effettuate con l'ottimo editor di gioco. Trattandosi pur sempre di un genere di nicchia, probabilmente a qualcuno comunque non piacerà, ma per chi ha amato Transport Tycoon si tratta di un acquisto pressoché obbligato. A circa 20€ non potrete assolutamente trovare di meglio.
80 (Mar 02, 2011)
Cities in Motion gjør kanskje ikke noe forsøk på å ta opp arven etter Transport Tycoon, men det er et intelligent, utfordrende og svært dypt økonomisk strategispill. Det er veldig moro å gradvis bygge opp et velfungerende nettverk med buss, trikk, tog og til og med et helikopter eller ei lita ferje av og til, og se hvordan de ulike rutene arbeider sammen for å sørge for at byens innbyggere kommer dit de skal.
GameStar (Germany) (Feb 21, 2011)
Keine steuerbaren Eisenbahnzüge und Flugzeuge, immer nur Passagiere rumgondeln, kein Warenverkehr: Cities in Motion lässt viele Möglichkeiten links liegen. Und überholt in Sachen Spielspaß rechts: Durch die Konzentration auf den reinen Stadtverkehr wirken die vier Metropolen lebendig, ich fiebere bei Staus und Verkehrsunfällen mit, tüftle ewig an den idealen Anschlusslinien. Unverständlich finde ich nur den fummeligen U-Bahnbau, die begrenzt drehbaren Stationen sind ein Witz. Wer seine Strecken gleich entsprechend legt, kriegt aber auch hier die Kurve: Unbedingt vorher abspeichern! Insgesamt spielt sich Cities in Motion wie eine große Stadt-Modellbahn: toll zu bauen, toll zuzugucken - und niemals fertig.
Gameswelt (Feb 16, 2011)
Ihr baut hier und da mal ein paar Strecken und glaubt, entspannt eurem Erfolg zusehen zu können – doch allzu schnell drängen sich kurz darauf die unzufriedenen Bürger an den Haltestellen, eure Beliebtheit sinkt und euer einst so vielversprechendes Unternehmen geht den Bach runter. Die spielerische Tiefe sollte man trotz der spielzeugartigen Optik niemals unterschätzen. Jedes Menü und Untermenü, jede Statistik und jede Einstellmöglichkeit werdet ihr benötigen, wenn ihr Cities in Motion wirklich beherrschen wollt. Leider gestaltet sich gerade die Bedienung nicht durchgehend reibungslos, da wichtige, immer wieder benötigte Funktionen auf zu viele Untermenüs verteilt wurden.
Mana Pool (Feb 15, 2011)
All in all, Cities in Motion is really a fantastically relaxing simulator; you can take it as slowly as you like as you can build whilst paused – but for the total control freaks amongst us (and many people who enjoy games like this also enjoy knowing every little statistical piece of information we can get our hands on), we would really like to have more information available. It’s still possible to build up your travel empire without it, but there’s just no reason for it to be missing. To sum up, if this is your kind of game, at £15 Cities in Motion is a bargain for a game which will keep you busy for absolutely ages.
Hooked Gamers (Feb 16, 2011)
Veterans of the genre that have a craving for a good transport sim really shouldn’t pass up on Cities in Motion. The game is rich in features and you will be thrilled by how it looks and plays and by its ever shifting dynamics. New to the genre and intrigued but a little daunted? Set aside your worries, Cities in Motion is very easy to get into and the best introduction to the genre one could possibly ask for.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Mar 01, 2011)
Een game met een forse knipoog naar de grote Sid Meier-dagen die smaakvol en met karakter geheel zijn eigen ding doet. Geen instant kicks, maar een aanrader voor wie rustig entertainment wil.
75 (Mar 10, 2011)
Pas cher et facile à prendre en main, Cities in Motion n'est pas pour autant un jeu de gestion urbaine au rabais. Les villes de Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienne et Helsinki fourmillent de vie et les situations auxquelles on doit faire face sont aussi variées qu'intéressantes. Sachant qu'il est possible de créer nos propres cartes ou de se lancer dans une campagne de longue haleine, pourquoi bouder notre plaisir ?
Gamers Daily News (Mar 08, 2011)
Overall, between the tiny interface problems and the really slow progression the game takes some time to get used to and then a lot of time needs to be invested to see any real progression. Since the game pauses when you leave it in a windowed mode, you can’t just let it run in the background and do something else while you accrue some cash in the game. This means it sort of requires constant attention even if it’s just watching the city do its thing for a month or so (which can be rapidly sped up). I would like to see a more clear line of progression as well as the ability to start a campaign in any of the cities available without having to complete all of another city.
GamingXP (Mar 13, 2011)
"Cities in Motion" führt Sie in das Thema, rund um den Nahverkehr, ein. Neben dem Planen und Konstruieren von neuen Linien für Bus, Bim, U-Bahn, Wassertaxi und Hubschrauber, müssen Sie natürlich darauf achten, dass die Linien perfekt ausgelastet sind, die Fahrgäste zufrieden sind, und es keine Verzögerungen im straffen Nahverkehrs-Zeitplan gibt. Sollte Sie einmal von den ewigen gleichen Aufgaben genervt sein, vertiefen Sie sich in das rege Leben, das unten in der Stadt herrscht. So kann es dann sogar passiert, dass man fünf Minuten lang ein- und dasselbe Auto verfolgt, nur um zu sehen, wo es hinfährt. Wie erwähnt, besteht das Spiel leider nicht aus mehr als Planen und Konstruieren von Nahverkehrsnetzen. Für Fans dieses Genres ist das Spiel sicherlich interessant, Spieler, die sich gerne mehreren Aufgaben widmen, werden wahrscheinlich nicht so begeistert davon sein.
GameSpot (Mar 02, 2011)
The only serious drawback with Cities in Motion is the single-minded nature of the simulation. You need to have--or at least be able to develop--a real love of mass transit to get much out of the game. Unlike in the usual SimCity clone, you can't just skip on to some other aspect of virtual city planning whenever the whole subway thing gets a little old. But with that said, the game does what it does very well, especially when you consider how much of a simulation you get for the low $20 price. Even municipal experts would be hard pressed to tell the difference between real cities and the virtual ones here because of the realistic traffic patterns and commuter demands. If you long to make the trains run on time, this is your game.
Game Watcher (Feb 18, 2011)
With 100 buildings, twelve scenarios and thirty vehicle types, we’re hoping that the game will be well supported by an active modding community as well as post-release DLC. At the moment actual content is a tad sparse, but at a knockdown price of £14.99, you’re getting a lot for your money. The game, while difficult, is undeniably addictive. If you’ve ever dipped your toe in the city / transport simulation water, then you’ll find yourself right at home.
CPU Gamer (Feb 24, 2011)
One major unfortunate consequence of the “modernization” of Transport Tycoon is that the scope of the players’ efforts has been reduced. You can only move passengers, not cargo, and you only get to work on one city at a time instead of everywhere all at once. The massiveness of the initial challenge in Transport Tycoon (“here’s $10, do this entire map”) has no real counterpart in Cities, and the diverse nature of your network in TT has no real counterpart in Cities either. Ultimately, whatever OpenTTD’s (few) failings are, I will probably still be playing it in ten years, and I will have forgotten about Cities entirely. This doesn’t mean Cities isn’t good, it’s just not as world-conqueringly great as Transport Tycoon. And there are tons of decent, worthwhile games that can’t live up to that standard.
Girl Gamers UK (Mar 07, 2011)
As with most games released by Paradox, Cities in Motion will appeal to a niche market. If you are a member of this niche, someone who wants to make the little people happy and provide them with an A class public transport system whilst making a few quid, then Cities in Motion will certainly tick the right boxes. It is not without its issues, but Paradox have a good reputation for continued support and I am sure that all will come good in the end. But even right now, soon after the game's launch, CiM is a fine game for those wishing to dip their toes into a sea of tycoon style games.
Calm Down Tom (Mar 07, 2011)
Overall I was surprised by how addicted I became to playing this game, but I think that was through a frustrating need to at least be able to complete the first scenario, rather than enjoyment.
70 (Mar 01, 2011)
Våra finska grannar i Colossal Order har gjort ett alldeles utmärkt klurigt spel i en genre som inte fått så mycket positiva tillskott de senaste åren. Med lite tur kan Cities in Motion dra in tillräckligt mycket pengar för att Colossal Order ska kunna bygga vidare på detta utmärkta fundament.
Cyber Stratege (Feb 22, 2011)
Pour conclure, Cities in Motion est un jeu qui vient remettre au goût du jour le style Transport Tycoon et c’est ce qui nous enchante tous. Qui n’a jamais rêvé d’être le conseiller voirie de sa ville ? Cities in Motion nous enchante donc sur de nombreux points, mais nous oblige à penser qu’une extension verra le jour pour combler ses lacunes. Ne soyons pas mauvaise langue, le jeu est fourni avec un éditeur de très bonne qualité qui permet la création de cartes gigantesques. Notons que l’un des développeurs s’est exprimé sur le forum Paradox concernant de futurs extensions/DLC et nous annonce que si extensions il y a, ce ne sera pas pour des cartes que la communauté pourra créer gratuitement. Un bel esprit que nous aimerions voir plus souvent. Cela dit sur ce sujet, Paradox ne nous a jamais vraiment déçus.
It's not without its quirks but Cities In Motion is a dependable heir to the transport sim genre's throne.
Meristation (Feb 27, 2011)
En conclusión, nos encontramos ante un título algo limitado en dos aspectos. En primer lugar no posee ni tantas opciones como otras alternativas del género ni un nivel tan alto de jugabilidad. En segundo lugar, parece destinado a un segmento de jugadores muy determinado, ya que no parece que cualquier usuario se pueda ver atraído por las posibilidad de Cities in Motion. Para los que disfruten con este tipo de juegos, la oferta de Paradox puede cumplir en gran medida con sus expectativas jugables. Para los que no sientan la más mínima atracción por estos planteamientos, Cities in Motion no tendrá manera de convencerles de los contrario. Eso sí, tendremos que esperar a la próxima semana para encontrarlo en tiendas.
Gamekult (Feb 25, 2011)
Mine de rien, Cities in Motion réussit le pari de proposer une simulation à la fois réaliste et facile à prendre en main. Si l'aspect gestion du titre comprend de nombreux paramètres, il n'est jamais rébarbatif ni même trop complexe. Bien au contraire : profondément accrocheur, il parvient à améliorer le concept popularisé par Transport Tycoon en renforçant l'importance du contexte historique et socio-économique. Grâce à l'interface claire et la prise en main rapide, on prend les rênes de sa propre société presque instinctivement et l'on s'amuse à découper la ville en lignes. Malgré quelques soucis comme le faible nombre de cartes proposées d'emblée (on peut néanmoins compter sur l'éditeur) ou l'absence de certaines options pour réguler le trafic, Cities in Motion a vraiment de quoi passionner tous ceux qui ont passé des heures et des heures sur Transport Tycoon et Traffic Giant des années auparavant.
70 (Mar 05, 2011)
Cities in Motion is een innovatieve en goed doordachte tycoongame. Door zich te richten op het managen van openbaar vervoer in steden weet de game zich te onderscheiden van andere tycoonspellen. Het concept is over de gehele linie goed uitgewerkt, hoewel de balans in de gameplay het soms laat afweten.
IGN (Mar 22, 2011)
I'm conflicted with Cities in Motion. The lack of feedback, in-game competition, and unpredictability hurt the game's long-term draw; some older business simulations didn't have these problems. Cities in Motion does feature stellar tools and is one of the prettier business simulations on the market. If you enjoy business sims, and if you have the patience to experiment and tinker with the game's systems, you'll definitely want to give Cities in Motion a try.
PC Gamer (Mar 12, 2011)
A transitory pleasure that polishes up nice. But it lacks variety and competition, and is just a little bit too difficult.
Spazio Games (Mar 22, 2011)
Cities in Motion è un gestionale atipico e sicuramente originale, ma la sua offerta ludica è limitata dal concept stesso su cui si basa. Occuparsi unicamente del trasporto pubblico, sebbene possa sembrare divertente, diventa dopo qualche ora di gioco quasi alienante e molto ripetitivo. A nostro giudizio sarebbe stata più azzeccata una soluzione maggiormente ibrida che sottendesse un più ampio ventaglio di elementi, sempre mantenendo l’accento sulla viabilità. Tuttavia la simulazione confezionata dai ragazzi di Colossal Order è molto curata e quindi la consigliamo a chiunque sia amante di tram, bus e obliterazioni varie.
PC Games (Germany) (Feb, 2011)
Cities in Motion ist im Kern ein gutes Spiel mit ordentlicher Grafik, das seine Stärken aber zu selten ausspielt und seine Schwächen nur unzureichend kaschieren kann. Es macht anfangs richtig Spaß, Verkehrslinien zu planen und die Städte zu vernetzen. Dabei passiert es aber viel zu schnell, dass man auf Probleme stößt, für die es entweder keine Lösung gibt oder auf die man vom unzureichenden Tutorial nicht vorbereitet wurde.
Nukezilla (May 13, 2011)
Cities in Motion is a well-made public transportation simulation. Nothing more, nothing less.
60 (Apr 04, 2011)
Cities in Motion est donc un jeu de gestion à petit budget, un train électrique virtuel doublé d'une gestion assez solide. Il se montre assez typique des titres Paradox, où tout va bien tant que vous rester sur les rails prévus par le développeur, mais sortez un peu de ce que l'on vous demande, et le gameplay part en vrille assez vite. Pour les joueurs pépères et sages, donc.
Developer Colossal Order should be applauded for their first effort. Like a decent PC-based sim game should, Cities in Motion thrusts you into a world of pretty pictures and skull-crushing numbers, navigable only by mouse and keyboard. This should easily fill the void in the hearts of stricken Transport Tycoon fans, and could even appeal to Sim City lovers on some level with its budget-title charms. The bottom line is that followers of the genre should buy this immediately. For everyone else, download the demo before you decide to pay the fare.