Every once in a while I find a video game that surprises me. I’ve played a number of simulation games including a number of the Sim city spin offs. I always found them interesting, but the gameplay always felt overly simplified, while (ironically) the controls felt overly complicated. Frustrating.
I was surprised when I came across Cities: Skylines. The gameplay is smooth and the controls are easy to learn. The graphics are fantastic – with individual city-dwellers that each have their own stats much like Roller Coaster Tycoon characters. Each building has it’s own stats, roadways interact, and there are plenty of complex environmental, socioeconomic, and industrial challenges to overcome.
I enjoy how this game progresses gradually, yet doesn’t leave you waiting for money and resources. It’s an oddly relaxing simulator that’s great for people who just want to build a city. None of the random disasters, yet all of the complexities of managing day-to-day interactions within your simulated town. This game is oddly addictive and well worth checking out.