Landscaping

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In-depth Instructions

Landscaping is the term applied to terraforming of the landscape in scenarios through use of the landscaping tools, including raising, lowering and leveling land.

Contents

Landscaping the land

To show the toolbar press the landscape button Landscaping button.png on the menu bar. Once clicked the landscaping toolbar pops up.

The landscaping toolbar

What do all those buttons do?

The buttons are self-explanatory. From left to right:

Button Action Shortcut Description
Lower land.png Lower land button Q
Raise land.png Raise land button W
Level land.png Level land button E
Clear title.png Clear land button D Clear the land
Buy land.png Buy land button U Set land aside, inhibiting town development or use by rivals
Plant trees.png Plant trees button I Opens the tree planting toolbar
Place sign.png Place signs button O

Raising land

  • Select the Raise land.png tool then click on a corner of a tile.

Beware that when raising the top of a mountain, the base of the mountain will grow too. The expense is not for the height, but for the volume of change. Avoid raising land from the sea, as it is extremely expensive and can bankrupt young companies. You can also raise an area of land by clicking and dragging the mouse. First, the starting tile of the selection is raised by one, and then the selected area is levelled to match the starting edge, so it is basically a combination of the raise and the level tool.

You can press and hold CTRL to rotate the selected area by 45°

Lowering land

  • Select the Lower land.png tool then click on a corner of a tile.

Land can be lowered to sea level. Beware that areas at sea level are prone to flooding, and all tiles will be washed away. You can also lower an area of land by clicking and dragging the mouse. First, the starting tile of the selection is lowered by one, and then the selected area is levelled to match the starting edge, so it is basically a combination of the lower and the level tool.

You can press and hold CTRL to rotate the selected area by 45°

Leveling land

Use the level land tool to flatten land over a large area.

  • Click and hold down the mouse where you want to start. The height of the leveled land will be the same height as the tile you started on. You can press and hold CTRL to rotate the selected area by 45°
  • Drag the mouse over area you want to level.
View when an area is selected
  • When satisfied with the area, release the button and the area will be leveled.
View after the area has been leveled
  • Note: The level land tool will raise/lower as much land as possible inside your selection. Any tile whose height could not be changed with the individual raise or lower land tools will also not be changed by the level land tool. In addition, any infrastructure, buildings or obstacles in place will remain standing when the area is leveled.
  • Note: You can flatten land in diagonal by holding CTRL.

Autoslope

advanced setting Autoslope.

This is a advanced setting under Construction which makes the terraforming restrictions far less severe and allows you to terraform under objects, where you normally would need to remove the object first. It automatically add/removes foundations as necessary.

Without autoslope
With autoslope


Feature availability

<1.0

1.0-1.2

1.3

1.4

Nightly

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