NZGamer writes: "It's been a while now since we've had a good old-fashioned city building release, so it was a pleasant surprise to be able to play and review CitiesXL, from Monte Cristo, the French simulation games company. While CitiesXL will be familiar to gamers who have played any of the Sim City incarnations, it still comes packin' with some very cool new features.
At its core, CitiesXL is a city-building strategy game, where the player takes on the role of Mayor, and oversees the development of a city from the ground up. You start off by choosing the area on your local planet where you'd like to build. Each area has its pros and cons, and the game very thoughtfully allocates a difficulty rating for each. Creating a city on the side of a volcano turns out to be quite a bit more difficult than if you were to build on a fertile plain – who would have thought?"