Parents’ Guide – Cities skylines

After delving into another builder, Planetbase, recently we’ve been happy to get some hands on time with the Paradox Interactive and Tantalus Sim building epic, Cities Skylines. Find out the all important PEGI ratings, and how it stacks up for us old hands, just below.

It really is the spiritual successor to one of the most iconic games ever made. Sim City has been a huge hit on home computers for decades and with its recent outing (and DRM issues) not being 1005 successful it was certainly time for something else to fill the gap, and Cities: Skylines does a great job at this.

The gameplay itself will be instantly recognizable for all sim-building fans. With just the end of a highway to greet you, you’re left to your own devices as you start with a small hamlet, and build into a sprawling city covering the landscape and hopefully not belching black smoke everywhere.

With full control over zoning, public services, budget and even policies such as no heavy goods, sound pollution laws and environmental benefits, Skylines really does let you take control, even down to being able to rename pretty much everything and anything you can find on your city streets.

The Run Down

Graphics: 7/10:  While zoomed in you do get a little loss of texture here, but that’s nothing you don’t expect from a game of this scale, and when zoomed out at the noemal level, the visuals are certainly well made. We’ve had some graphical glitches, but nothing to write home about.

Story: 3/10: As you’d expect from a city builder such as this, there’s not a great deal in the way of story (other than what you make up yourself) but the occasional tweet from your citizens is a nice touch

Sound: 9/10: the music builds and blends well into the background anad manages to be enjoyable without being repetitive. An absolute MUST for this type of game

Replayability: 9/10: With 12 different maps to choose from, each with their own challenges as well as architecture, there’s a lot to do and see in Cities and we’ve found it constantly drawing us back in to tinker with various areas of our thriving cities. Having the option to jump straight in with infinite money and all unlocks can also be a draw for folks who like things quicker and a little easier

Satisfaction: 8/10: Overall Skylines is well worth the price tag. At roughly half the cost of a standard release, if you’re a sim building fan you will definitely get your money’s worth out of it and we’ve sunk hours in so far. The level of customization is superb and the only thing holding skylines back for us is the learning curve, and the lack of a separate and really hand-holding tutorial.

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