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Cities: Skylines (2015) is a city-building simulation. It rekindled the attention to detail and ambitious city planning of the Sim City games. You zone buildings, place roads, set taxation and provide public services and public transportation. The aim is to do this while also maintaining your budget, health, employment, and pollution levels.

The game offers a more detailed simulation than previous interactions of the genre. It offers an open world that can host the daily routines of nearly a million unique citizens while presenting this to the player via an understandable interface. Through stats, dashboards and infographics you can see realistic traffic congestion, pollution, electric and water supply.

Our examiner, Joe Eaton, first checked Cities: Skylines 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
Too complex for your family? There are lots of games similar to Cities: Skylines. Here are some easier younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Strategy game with Creative and World Building elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 40 hours and 50 hours to complete. Because it's an open-ended game you can spend hundreds of hours creating and tweaking your cities.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Younger players need to be proficient navigators of relatively complex interfaces. They also need to have the skill to plan ahead and assess multiple systems at the same time. Many very young players enjoy this with just a bit of occasional help from a parent.

CostsCosts

Cities: Skylines usually costs £24.99 to £41.99. 

Cities: Skylines

XBox Store Xbox One £31.99
Switch StoreSALE Switch £35.99 £8.99 until 23/06/2024
Steam Store PC £24.99
Steam Store Mac £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -

Cities: Skylines II

Steam Store PC £41.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
 
There's a range of expansions. Pearls from the East, Carols, Candles and Candy are free while Sunset Harbor, Modern Japan, Campus, Parklife, Modern City Center, Industries, Green Cities, Mass Transit, Natural Disasters and European Suburbia are purchased separately. You can purchase these as a bundle or via the Season Pass. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/03/2015, updated in 2023

Price: 75% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy (Creative and World Building)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Grid

Developer: Colossal Order (@ColossalOrder)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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