Posted: July 6
Initially, this game was right up my alley. I am a huge tycoon / sim junkie and I was able to grasp the basics right off the bat.
However, the main issue I have is the sim engine itself is incredibly difficult to work with. To make money, you need to move passengers from point A to B. Optimum lines for doing such tend to be a little too popular and in order to keep up with the demand, you need to add more vehicles. More vehicles clog up the roadways (which don't seem to thin out no matter how many people you have using the public system in the first place), which deceases your efficiency even more. In the midst of this entire mess, you have to constantly babysit your wages and ticket prices as the in-game economy fluctuates. Too high, and your already angry customer base will ignore you completely, leaving you with no income. Too low, and your lines get flooded, which then turns into a rinse and repeat of the first problem.
I managed to successfully beat the first scenario after a countless number of restarts, and I am still hung up on the second after 22 hours of play. In the end, you always end up broke and PO'd unless you did things 100% the way the designers intended. Deviate just a little, and you're toast.
In the end, CiM is just a puzzler pretending to be a sim. Avoid unless you have the Buddha's patience.