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By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Exciting but technically flawed city-building simulation.

Game Windows, Mac 2013
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

This Review is from my 8 year old...

I love SimCity because it lets you build stuff from a tiny fort town with less than 1,000 Sims with small homes to a big city with skyscrapers and more than 1,000,000 Sims. Sims love to drive, so make roads so sims go the store . It is very educational to learn how a city is made. It took me some time to learn how to play it, but now it is very easy.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (9):

SimCity is an exciting game, but the launch of this game has been heavily marred by technical issues. You see, an Internet connection is required -- even though it's primarily a single-player game -- and what's more, your game information is housed on EA's servers, therefore you can't play if they're down or busy. Another problem with mandatory Internet connectivity: forget about playing this game on your laptop while flying across the country, unless the airline offers Wi-Fi. Just as there was backlash against Activision Blizzard for a similar restriction in Diablo III, many players resent this requirement in SimCity.

This is all too bad as underneath all the technical restrictions and connectivity woes there's a very good game. Hopefully EA will fix the issues sooner than later, so players can enjoy the thrill of building and maintaining a city they can call their own.

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