Developed by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines offers sprawling landscapes and maps with endless sandbox gameplay and new ways to expand your city. Key to progression is the ability to influence your city’s policy by incorporating taxation into districts. All this including the ability to mod the game to suit your play style makes this the definitive city building simulation.
Cities: Skylines is still a great game on Nintendo Switch, but it's a version inevitably flawed by technical limits and intricate interface.
I ended up getting sucked in surprisingly quickly, and I can see myself spending a lot more time trying to build up my city. It’s essentially a game you can keep playing forever, after all. If the framerate can be improved at all and gyro + touchscreen controls can be added, then this will make for a truly stellar port. Nevertheless, it’s still a surprise that Cities has been brought to Switch at all, and it’s managed to be competent enough to be worth a try.
The depth on offer in Cities Skylines is staggering, which is why being able to pick that up and take it with you is so exceptional. There is a limit to how successfully the console version is able to emulate the PC experience, but it does a good enough job that I can’t recommend the game enough to the Switch owner hankering for a city building game for their favorite hybrid console.
Despite the issues mentioned here, Cities Skylines on the Switch is still tremendous fun to play no matter if you’re playing it on the TV or in handheld mode. Here’s hoping some of the technical issues can be ironed out as time goes on, but if you can put up with a little jank and don’t have a PC to check it out on, Cities Skylines is still the best city sim out there and now you can play it anywhere.
I’ve had a ton of fun playing Cities on a portable for nearly 15 hours but this is not worth buying in its current state unless you can stomach the visual and performance issues
A predictably flawed Switch port which works fine in terms of gameplay but loses a lot of the spectacle and stress-free enjoyment to frustrating frame rate issues.
Difficult to tell if it's due to the Switch system or the global optimization but Cities Skylines suffers here from serious technical issues, even if it brings a cool nomade port, easy to handle.