Game review by
Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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City building game focuses on green communities.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to manage resources, provide a greener environment for their population, and glean vague lessons on economics. By managing a limited amount of fossil fuels, kids learn how valuable and tenuous those nonrenewable energy resources are and to use solar, wind, and hydroelectric power sources to provide less damaging sources of power. In Enercities, kids see how cities must achieve a healthy balance, managing progress, economy, ecology, and community.

Positive Messages

Encourages responsible resource management, keeping communities happy, and maintaining a healthy economy and environment. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no characters.

Ease of Play

Kids will easily grasp the simple drag-and-drop interface. Clearly labeled buildings and detailed tutorials make play intuitive and predictable.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Enercities is a stripped down SimCity-like educational game that teaches kids to be aware of the resource needs and patterns of successful communities as well as the impact of resource use on the environment. The issues addressed include economy, population size, environmental sustainability, quality of life, energy/power consumption, and resource management.

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What's it about?

In ENERCITIES -- a top-down, city-building sim similar to SimCity -- kids must grow a community while managing that community's resources responsibly, trying to succeed economically while also being environmentally friendly and keeping people happy. They have a limited amount of fossil fuels and can build houses, entertainment locations, city parks, industrial zones, and power plants. Kids may then upgrade buildings to make them more efficient and/or lessen their ecological impact.

Is it any good?

Not as robust or deep as similar city sims, Enercities still manages to be poignant, benefitting from its focus on a few key issues. The simple gameplay and straightforward mechanics make it accessible while it still poses interesting and thought-provoking challenges. Kids should have some fun and learn a little about the critical role that energy production will play as population grows and resources dwindle.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss what they can do to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

  • How has this game affected the way you see the world and the energy we use?

  • Why do you think -- as the game argues -- people don't like to live near power plants? 

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For kids who love simulation and ecology games

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