Kosmos Games gives hit videogame Cities Skylines the tabletop treatment

Kosmos has partnered with Paradox Interactive to bring the hit video game Cities Skylines to the tabletop space with its first board game adaptation.

Taking its gameplay from the digital title, Cities Skyline – The Board Game challenges players to work cooperatively as a team of urban developers, or to take on the role of Mayor and develop a thriving metropolis.

Players of the original will be familiar with the balance it takes to expand a city while keeping the needs of its citizens in check. Focus too much on expanding one particular area and you quickly run into pollution, traffic, crime and other rising problems.

The test is to make the best use of the space you have available, by fitting your zones together, to form a beneficial neighbourhood that will attract people to it. Sounds… easy?

The board game adaptation has been created by the designer, Rustan Håkansson. The title was revealed at a behind-closed-doors demo at UKGE last month.  It was here that Stephen Lyssejko, boardgame marketing manager at Kosmos Games UK, got his own first glimpse of the game.

“After seeing the setup, I found myself in familiar territory right away,” said Lyssejko. “The tracks for managing pollution, crime, traffic, of course, and all the rest were there. After deciding which of the zones we wanted to start on and starting off with our first small residential zone, our group set to work planning how we could expand our city to greatest effect.

“Although it was my first time playing the game, it was great to have others there to discuss our best course of action. When the option to build a monument became available to me, I thought I had spotted an excellent spot to build it.

“However, when the team looked at our available funds and other options in our hands of cards, it was clear that holding off would help our score much more if we setup the surrounding neighbourhoods more. Players are free to choose when to advance to the next Milestone and expand into more territories, but you have to be sure this will leave you in a state where you won’t bankrupt yourself.”

Cities Skylines – The Board Game will be released in October this year and will have an RRP of £34.99.  Please contact jo@thamesandkosmos.co.uk for more details.

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