Hey everyone! I’m new here. You can call me “macbookairman”. I’m very excited to be part of the Zym Blog team. I plan to review lots of apps in the future.
With that said, here is my review for SimCity…
I’m sure many of you have heard about SimCity for iPhone lately. There has been a lot of hype about it on various forums and websites. And after playing around with the game for almost a week, I can say that there was reason for all that hype.
If you have never played any SimCity game before, you will likely struggle with this game to start. Its not any sort of stripped down version. From what I can tell, its the real deal. I had to run through the tutorial level a couple of times to understand everything–and even then, there are still some parts that I don’t have a complete grasp of (yet).
But here is a general rundown of the game:
When you first open the app, you are sent to an easy to navigate menu. Here you can find a help menu with topics that cover all aspects of the game, an options menu, and the play option. On the play menu, you can start a new city, load a previous one, or continue your last city. When you choose to start a new city, you get to adjust things like size, budget and terrain. You can also start playing with one of the preloaded cities (there are 2– 1 big, 1 small).
Once you have started a city, you are given a birds eye view of the city. There is a menu at the left which contains Zoning, Transportation, Utilities, Buildings, and Bulldozer. To start your city, you have to zone parts of the city for different things. Just make sure that your residential zones aren’t close to the industrial zones…the sims don’t seem to like that.
Throughout the game you are confronted with various issues such as fires, UFO attacks, pollution, damaged water mains, etc. (You can also manually “attack” your city with these things) You, as mayor, have to manage everything to keep the sims happy. Its not easy. The sims always have some problem that requires your fixing.
There are a very large assortment of building to choose from. They range from libraries, to fire stations, the Empire State Building, and even the White House. Many of these buildings affect the game. For example, if you don’t have schools, then your population will go down. If you have a very large city and have no bus stops or train stations, people will leave your city because it hard to get around.
With all that said, SimCity is one of my favorite apps so far. It has a big learning curve, but once you get past that, it is amazing. There are only a few issues I have encountered so far.
1.) It has crashed a couple times on my iPod Touch 2G (after a restart) EA has acknowledged this and plans to fix it.
2.) The menus can take a very long time to load. Cities take even longer. (When opening a city file, you see a white screen for seven seconds or so) Saving games is also pretty slow.
3.) The tutorial isn’t good enough. It needs to have more depth.
4.) No ability to play your own music in the game (yet).
1.) Great re-playability.
2.) Good graphics
3.) All around great game.
4.) Good size at 31 MB.
I would give this app 4.5 stars out of 5.
(More Screenshots to come)
Bonus tip: While playing, shake your iPhone or iPod Touch and a box will come up that you can enter cheat codes in.
enter “I am weak” to make all items free.
SimCity is developed by EA, the developer of other big name apps such as Spore, Tetris, and Monopoly.