Sims love a city with culture, style, and a thriving tourism economy. Choose one or more areas of specialization to boost both population and happiness in your city. There are six to choose from: What identity will you choose for your city? Level up to unlock all the different Specializations.
Tap the Services icon on the lower right of your screen to see the list of Specializations. Tap any active specialization to see its residential zone coverage visually mapped out over your city (if you have no buildings placed toward a specialization, there will be no coverage to view).
When selected in the Specializations menu, each type of specialization will give you information about its effect on your city. ProTip: Super-efficient Mayors can quickly scroll between each Specialization (and Services too) by clicking the yellow arrows now visible near the top of the screen.
Choose your specializations by deciding which activities you think your citizens will appreciate most as well as how you might want your city to look. Remember that just like you and me, your constituents are individuals with different tastes and ideas of fun, so they might still want whatever they don’t have!
Different specializations will lead you toward different City Achievements as well. For most specializations, the relevant HQ must first be placed in your city to unlock the rest of the buildings in that category. The HQ will count toward your coverage area for the specialization effects, too, so be sure to place it near residential zones.
Most specialization buildings are purchasable with Golden Keys. Start collecting them by successfully completing cargo shipments or rebuilding your city if disaster strikes,
Watch the effects on the surrounding residential zones as you move the building; if you’re moving the good stuff away from your citizens, they’ll move away too.
You’ll get some Simoleons back if you remove parks or HQs, but buildings yout bought with Golden Keys will not provide refunds so make sure you absolutely need the space or have decided against following up with this area of specialization. Remember, if you bulldoze a specialization building and don’t replace it, your population boost will be lost.
An oasis in a big city gives your citizens room to breathe.
Cha-ching! Sims love to gamble, and some of these casinos are out of this world.
Who doesn’t like to be entertained? Hotels, stadiums, performance venues…and that spiky-looking building is very familiar.
Bring the world to your city with landmarks like the Tower of Pisa and Big Ben.
Your citizens are thirsty for knowledge! Give them the education they need to raise their children to become productive members of your city.
Keep your city in motion, Mayor. Your Sims might leave if it's too hard to get across the city or traffic gets too heavy.
Build Beach Specilizations to let your citizens cool off and have fun on the Beach Boardwalk.
Send your citizens on a ski holiday, let them hike through the hills, and enjoy the mountain view of your city.
Give your Sims beautiful landscapes by building lakes and forests.
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