|DLC Required||Financial Districts|
Narrow Passage is a map from the Cities: Skylines Financial Districts DLC.
The name points to the map’s most striking feature:
A small strait between the two large landmasses that contain up most of the map’s buildable land.
There are also two large bodies of open water on either side of the strait, with several small islands scattered throughout.
The two large landmasses also contain mountain ranges, which adds to the visual interest of the map at the cost of buildable land.
Narrow Passage has a great starting tile that’s located on the northwestern landmass.
You get a large area of flat buildable land, with coastline on the eastern and southern sides.
And unlock most other maps which only give you a small segment of the highway connection on the starting tile, here you get a large segment of highway, as well as the junction.
As for power, there’s strong wind along the coastlines for getting maximum output (8MW) from your wind turbines.
The design and convenient location of the external connections are one of the best features of Narrow Passage.
All four external connection types are available here (highway, railway, ship, and air).
And there is only one external highway connection, but it runs through and connects the two large landmasses. So it’s an excellent resource to have on your starting tile.
There is also an external rail connection on each of the two landmasses. Each one is accessible within just one expansion from the starting tile.
There are also two external ship routes — one on each side of the straits.
Plus there’s plenty of flat land on the map for building airports, once you’re ready for that.
All four natural resource types are available on the Narrow Passage Map:
- Fertile land
- And oil
There’s a large amount of fertile land on the starting tile, and some forestry in the tile just above it.
Ore is most abundant near the mountains, while you’ll find most of the oil near the water.
Only anchovy and shellfish are available on this map: anchovy are located near the coastlines and shellfish are pretty much in all the water.
There is no salmon or tuna anywhere on the map.
The tile north of your starting area gives you a good amount of buildable land, with more of the highway accessible to boot.
You also gain a part of a small island to the north.
The tile east of your starting area doesn’t give you much land. You’ll get a small part of the coastline of the southwestern landmass, as well as a small island.
However, the land on the small island is quite hilly and not ideal for building.
So generally this is not the best choice for your first expansion.
This tile is almost entirely water, so there’s really no reason to purchase this as your first expansion (if there’s any reason to get it at all).
By contrast, this western tile is perhaps the best choice for your first expansion.
It is made up of almost entirely buildable land.
There’s plenty of fertile land on this tile too, as well as some forest and oil for specialized industry resources.
Below are the population targets for each milestone on Narrow Passage: