A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game features social classes, such as the "Have Nots," which may trivialize real-life problems.
Violence & Scariness
Mob violence, riots, and arson are all possible, but rare. Close-up views of the violence are possible via the city media.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bars and nightclubs can be built as part of the city, but players don't really see any characters drinking, etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game has many educational aspects and can teach some of the basics of city planning, economics, and so on. Players may experience riots, acts of arson, and other forms of violence -- including organized crime -- if tension between social classes gets too high.
Is It Any Good?
Players will find this game challenging and fun. And it's beautiful, too. The 3-D graphics allow players to look at the city from almost any angle; they can even go into a first-person mode to take a stroll through their streets. It's also possible to view the city at a variety of times of day, from the twinkling lights of night to the hustle and bustle of daytime.
The game can grow formulaic, which may reduce its long-term play appeal. Also, in contrast to the design, the text and dialogue boxes are sloppy. Overall, though, this game is structurally sound. Kids and adults looking for new challenges in playing mayor will find it with City Life.
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