Theme tropic 3

Tropical theme

A theme is the climate aspect that changes the appearance, the effects, and the terrain to a specific theme. There are different types of themes: European, boreal, temperate, tropical, and winter. Most themes are purely aesthetic that changes the atmosphere and environment, whereas some themes modify the appearance of buildings.[1]

Custom themes can be created using the theme editor. The theme editor is capable of creating unique environments, by using custom textures and tools.



Theme north 1


The boreal theme represents the colder climates of northern countries, such as Scandinavia. The climate color is toned down with darker colors of grass and water to present a cooler, less vibrant climate. Flora contains pine and conifer trees with a few different types of trees and bushes for variation.[1]


European update 1


The European theme revolves around the appearance, the styles, and the climates of a European city. Unlike other themes, the European theme consists of wall-to-wall buildings, with over 70 different styles of buildings. The climate is the sunny theme slightly toned down for a cooler feel.

This theme was added on Patch 1.1.0 on May 19, 2015. The features included in the theme, such as the wall-to-wall buildings, require the use of the European theme.[2]


Theme sunny 1


The temperate theme represents the central and southern European climates. The climate is visually brighter, warmer, with blue skies, vibrant colors, and a wide array of flora.[1]


Theme tropic 1


The tropical theme represents the warm, sunny climates of California and the tropical island climates. The climate expresses warmer colors with a hint of a faint orange-yellow glow with a complementary color for the sky. The terrain is a different shade of green compared to the sunny theme. Lush palm trees and bushes create a visually appealing appearance that resembles the tropical island look.[1]


CS Snowfall 2


The winter theme revolves around snow and weather-related issues. Citizens, buildings, and other aspects of a city will adjust according to the weather. Winter maps can also be created in the map editor.

The winter theme is exclusive to Cities: Skylines Snowfall.[3][4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Cities: Skylines - Dev Diary 10: Themes". Paradox Interactive. 17 February 2015.
  2. "Conten Update 1.1.0 is LIVE on retail!". Paradox Interactive. 19 May 2015.
  3. "Cities: Skylines Snowfall". Paradox Interactive. 19 January 2016.
  4. "Cities: Skylines - Snowfall - Dev Diary 1: Prepare for Snowfall". Paradox Interactive. 20 January 2016.

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