SimCity Societies

 
Very simple city-building game may get old fast.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is based around keeping the citizens of the city happy, and if Sims become unhappy, they can protest, even to the point of shutting down workplaces.

Violence

Players can use destructive disasters, such as meteor showers, earthquakes, and storms to destroy their city. On rare occasions, vigilantes, hooligans, arsonists, and other special characters can attack other Sims or cause damage to the city; however, it's nearly impossible to observe because the Sims are so small on the map.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

This is part of the SimCity series of games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Taverns, bars, and liquor stores can be built. Sims can purchase and consume alcohol, and become drunk; however, because the map is so small, it's hard to observe these drunken Sims.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that players can destroy the cities they have created by using natural disasters such as earthquakes, storms, and meteor showers. Sims -- the city's inhabitants -- can become unhappy to the point where they turn to crime. Also, they can become drunk from visiting bars and liquor stores that the player can build. Overall, however, these instances are rare, and in most cases are controlled by the player.

What's it about?

Instead of managing taxes, energy distribution, and expenses, players need to keep an eye on two main things in SIMCITY SOCIETIES: the happiness of their citizens (\"Sims\") and six \"Societal Values,\" which include productivity, prosperity, creativity, spirituality, authority, and knowledge. Different buildings either produce or use one or more of the values, so players need to balance the types of workplaces and homes they choose. Venues are places that provide happiness to Sims and can range from baseball parks and pubs to haunted houses and strip malls.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The SimCity series has long been known as a relatively challenging city simulation game with plenty of educational opportunities in city planning and administration. SIMCITY SOCIETIES breaks radically from that tradition and focuses on aesthetics. It is great-looking game (although the graphics can get really bogged down as the city grows). The sound effects and music are well done.

Fans of the previous SimCity games will find this version a letdown because it has so few objectives. It's nearly impossible to run out of money, Sims are generally happy as long as the player builds enough venues, and the only goals consist of a handful of awards and medals easily met after a few hours of play. It is also easy to pick up and play -- which will have a greater appeal to a casual or younger gamer. This is an entry-level game for young children with no previous city-building simulation experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different style of play in SimCity Societies. This SimCity game is less challenging than previous versions -- do you think it changes how fun the game is to play? Which societal values did you choose and why?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:November 15, 2007
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E10+ for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Crude Humor, Mild Violence (Windows)

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Kid, 11 years old June 29, 2009
age 4+
 

okay

i don't love it but it's something to do
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byepcotrulz January 29, 2009
age 10+
 

LOVEE ITT!

one of the best gaem out there i like simcity 4 and this game! They are both very good games!
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