A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Sim City is complicated. A lot of the fun of the game is in the details, but of course, that means there's a whole lot to learn and remember in order to keep your city running smoothly. The actual interface of the game works fine, though. And you can ask for advice or help from any of a number of virtual experts on your staff.
Violence & Scariness
Natural disasters can occur in your virtual city -- fires, earthquakes, etc. In the futuristic time period, those "disasters" can include UFO attacks. You have the choice to toggle disasters on or off, though.
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Products & Purchases
A button on the home page will take you to an e-storefront where you can purchase other apps by the same publisher.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this detailed, in-depth mobile version of the classic SimCity computer simulation game brings heavy (but well-disguised) social studies education along with the fun. It also takes a long time to learn the ropes and it's a relatively slow moving game, so patience is a must. Although there's no objectionable content, we rated the game "On" for ages 10 and up, simply because its complex rules and features are likely to be over the heads of younger children.
Is It Any Good?
While it may not have the full breadth of features and realistic content as the classic PC version, this mobile SIMCITY is packed with a whole lot of city building and supervising for just five dollars. Aside from the standard plotting of residential and commercial zones, constructing of city buildings and departments, running of utilities, and setting of budgets -- you've also got the great choice of setting your city in one of three time periods, which will make the game different each time you play. You also have the fun ability to add real-world monuments and tourist sites to your virtual town, like the Eiffel Tower or the Lincoln Memorial. The game may be slow-moving and a bit ponderous at times, but sim games like this are made for a certain breed of gamer who likes just that kind of playing style. And this SimCity should suit those folks just fine.
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