Cities: Skylines is adding a new expansion that brings amusement parks and zoos to an already outstanding city simulator game.
Watch out Atari; there’s a new amusement park simulator game in town. And it’s actually an old game that already took the crown of city simulator away from SimCity. That game is Cities: Skylines, the city-sim game made by Finnish developers Colossal Order and published by Paradox Games.
After selling five million copies on PC, Cities: Skylines shows no signs of slowing down. The announcement of their latest expansion--Parklife--is just further proof that this game is here for the long haul.
Parklife brings amusement parks, nature reserves, city parks, zoos, and botanical gardens to a game that was already so full of urban planning amusement that it could be hard to keep track. There are a ton of new assets that come with the expansion which include everything you need to get your park off the ground, from roller coasters to Ferris wheels, from campsites to balloon landing zones.
Yes, there are even hot-air balloons in the expansion.
The centerpiece of the expansion is the new “park area” tool that allows the player to define where they want their park to be. Just select the area to be parkified and BAM! You’re suddenly playing a miniature Rollercoaster Tycoon inside of Cities: Skylines. Or Zoo Tycoon, or whatever the equivalent version of the game was for a nature reserve with a campsite.
There’s more than just parks too. There’s 5 new maps, a ton of new assets, and a sightseeing tour bus that allows you to set a tour route for guests in your humble virtual city. You set the route and ticket prices and decide where you want them to go--if you want them to spend an inordinate amount of time in the crime and lava-filled area of the city, that’s your business.
There’s also three new city policies and 8 new park policies, as well as level up features to increase the value of your park.
Parklife is available May 24th, so mark your calendars.