How to play Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit on Mac

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Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit is a popular simulation game developed by Colossal Order Ltd.. It was originally released for Windows, Mac, and Linux on 18 May, 2017.

How to play Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!

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Jan 20, 2021

Basically, they fixed the biggest problem with the game, which was the nucleus of almost all other problems: Traffic.Traffic caused death spirals. Traffic made managing garbage silly. Lack of traffic planning made the simplistic, cpu-efficient CiMs behave in moronic ways.Now you have the tools at hand to prevent all of this, without exploits or mods, with the only real downside being an uptick in road micromanagement. And something tells me that as a prospective buyer of a DLC for Cities: Skylines, you're not overly concerned with micromanagement.I have seen some complaints about stability, but I haven't experienced any crashes or bugs myself. Not saying it doesn't happen to others or that they're doing something wrong, but those issues are apparently not universal.


Aug 4, 2020

INFO: CHECK THIS REDDIT THREAD FOR MOD COMPATIBILITY: great DLC and for traffic & infrastructure aficionados like me (300+ hours in CS), an absolute must-have. It works well both on Winter as well as Normal maps. The free patch also includes a bunch of neat things like the ability to zoom out much, much further than before. Road names are discreetly displayed and don't detract from the visuals.Traffic Manager, an addon I needed to enjoy the game, is now basically baked into the game itself. You can see individual train stops & paths of different types of citizens for all road segments. Also a thumbs up for the good mod compatibility. I have 400-500 mods and assets, and I only had to unsubscribe from a couple. Most of my savegames still work. I think if you have been playing CS for reasons other than transport, traffic, infrastructure, you might be thinking that £10.49 is a steep price. But the ability to handle all the traffic problems yourself, akin to SimCity4's traffic addon makes it worth it for anyone who builds large cities.


July 13, 2020

I own so many dlc for this game and if you're going to get one, make it be this one.