SimCity Deluxe



Updated classic urban-building sim shines as an app.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

SimCity Deluxe is a complicated game with lots to learn and remember. This new deluxe version, however, has much better controls than its mobile-app predecessor.


Natural disasters can strike your city, leaving devastation in their wake. The worst is a meteor storm that can leave buildings in smoking flames.

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This game is part of the long-running SimCity series, and replaces the pre-existing SimCity iPhone app.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that SimCity Deluxe is a new, improved version of the SimCity app that was previously available for iPhone/iPod Touch. It replaces the original, which is no longer available through the iTunes app store. The game charges you with building a city from the ground up, plotting out streets and blocks, constructing buildings, supplying power, even zoning for commercial, industrial, or residential occupancy. Handling disasters is also part of the game, and kids may see their cities destroyed (or at least damaged) by fires, floods, and the like.

Is it any good?


SIMCITY DELUXE takes what was already a very good mobile app and fixes almost anything that you might have had a complaint about. The graphics are better, the buttons are bigger, zooming and scanning across the large playing area are much easier to do, etc. At the heart, the gameplay is the same -- you build and run a city, dealing with the needs of its citizens as well as various natural hurdles the Earth throws in your direciton -- but there are many more options and features to be tried here. One neat new addition lets you try to recreate famous cities from world history, including one with an Ancient Egyptian theme, where you'll be building pyramids instead of skyscrapers. Seasons will also change now, and bring new challenges with them. Mission-based play -- in which you might have to prep your city to host an Olympics-sized sporting event or guide your citizens through surviving a heat wave -- provides plenty of reason to play over and over again.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:July 29, 2010
Category:Simulation Games
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck September 16, 2010

Already great app gets a wonderful facelift.

Kid, 9 years old April 14, 2013


I haven't actually played this, but I just wanted people with a Kindle Fire to note that when I searched for "Simcity Deluxe" on the Amazon app store, nothing came up. It just said that there were no results found. This looks like a good game, but it's not for the Kindle Fire (maybe it's for the HD).
Written byAnonymous March 24, 2014

Not Bad

This is an urban planning and management game, that is not bad. It also fosters creativity, which gives it significant educational value. The "disasters" aren't scary, but there is some crude humor.
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