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Cities: Skylines II (2023) is a city-building simulation that extends the first game's revival of detailed and ambitious urban 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 the previous game. The realism of this simulation is increased, particularly in the area of commerce and resources. You can now manage the resources you need to build, power and feed the city which not only adds farming aspects to the game but bases your ambitions on the reality of limited materials.

As you progress, you can take advantage of the more powerful tools to lay out roads and trains. Through stats, dashboards and infographics you can see realistic traffic congestion, pollution, electric and water supply. There are also new systems to make the seasons change over time in your city and the citizens also behave differently depending on the time of day. Other nice touches this time around are mixed-use buildings that offer commercial at street level with housing in the apartments above.

The result is a game that creates the child-like joy of a toy city but then scales that to huge proportions of adult ambition and complexity. 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.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Cities: Skylines II 5 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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


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

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.


Cities: Skylines II usually costs £41.99.

Cities: Skylines II

Steam Store PC £41.99
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
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.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/10/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy (Creative and World Building)

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid, Open World and Weather

Developer: Colossal Order (@ColossalOrder)

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