If you have the Natural Disasters expansion pack for Cities Skylines it’s pretty simple to wreak havoc on your city with say, a tornado, an earthquake or a meteor strike (or two or three) without actually losing the hard work you put into building your town. That is, assuming you save it first.
Manually Save Your City First (Disable Auto Saving and Random Disasters)
Besides simply saving your city, there are a couple of things you must do to preserve your city or town if you want to for example, watch that Tsumani flood your town. But before you watch any natural disaster level your city, if you don’t want to permanently lose your city you will need to also disable AUTO SAVING of your game and disable random disasters. Disabling these two options are very important if you don’t want any surprises later.
Disable Auto Saving and Random Disasters
In the options menu (on the main menu) or within the gameplay menu while in-game you must uncheck all the entries for automatically saving your game (such as to save a game automatically every 10 minutes or more). Why do this? Doing this insures you will have full control over your city before and after a disaster strikes. You don’t want the game to overwrite your city with an auto saved destroyed copy of your city by mistake! You will also need the make sure the Random Disasters option is unchecked too.
When you are sure the appropriate options are disabled (not checked), you can build your city and prepare your city for its impending doom. (If you have a created a city already that want to see a disaster strike, load that saved city and just remember to make sure all the options I have mentioned above are disabled before you unleash any disasters!)
If you haven’t already, you can add some of the buildings to your city which are included with the Disasters expansion such as an evacuation bunker, early warning system, helicopter depots and radio antenna if you so choose. It’s up to you what you do before you destroy your city just make sure it’s manually saved if you want to access it later.
Pick a disaster and watch the aftermath
When you are satisfied with your saved city, you are ready to pick a disaster.
The destruction caused by the disaster can be pretty devastating on your city but no worries because if you did everything correctly you will always have an untouched saved copy waiting to be destroyed again, and again if you so choose!
Obvious but important note: Do not save your city after a disaster (without renaming the destroyed city first) if you want have access to your original untouched city in the future.
My tips are intended for entertainment purposes and not officially endorsed by the maker of Cities Skylines. If you don’t want to lose your city, please save it. I will not be responsible for lost cities.
Image source from my in-game screenshots