Video Game: Cities XL
Cities XL (formerly Cities Unlimited) is a city-building computer game in the same vein as the SimCity series, developed by Monte Cristo, which has prior development experience in City Life. It was originally scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2009, but was eventually released on October 8, 2009. The game allowed players to play online and interact with others on massive persistent planets, and to work together by trading resources or building blueprints in order to satisfy the needs of city inhabitants. However, on March 8, 2010 the online service was closed and the game became single-player only.While the quality of the game is iffy, one thing that can be said for sure is that it is superior to the disaster of a release that the SimCity reboot turned out to be.Focus Home Interactive acquired the franchise in June 2011 and released Cities XL 2011 on October 14, 2010. Cities XL 2012 was released on October 20, 2011 and its expansion, Cities XL Platinum, was released on February 6, 2013. The newest release, Cities XXL, was released on February 5, 2015.
This game provides examples of:
- Beleaguered Assistant: Kevin
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Just like SimCity, Residential zones are green, Industrial zones are yellow, and Commercial zones are blue.
- Endless Game
- Expansion Pack: Since Focus Interactive acquired the title, each new installment of Cities XL has basically been this.
- Not in My Backyard!
- Real Time with Pause
- Recurring Riff: The chorus of the Theme Tune is more or less present in about half of the music tracks. (C G A# A# F...)
- Terrain Sculpting: Barely there. The most control you have over the terrain of your city is to level the general area.
- Wide Open Sandbox