SIM CITY 3000Reviewed By: Rick Casteel
The player starts a game as the mayor of a city. You choose your level of difficulty which essentially provides you with more start up cash and a selection of the time frame you cover. From there on out you create and run your city. “Sim City 3K” (hey, a Y3K compliant game!) is very detailed in the responsibility of overseeing and running an entire city. Here's where I saw the value and my kids differed with me on the “Gameplay” score. There is tremendous educational value in having to manage the various aspects of providing for the needs and desires of a community. And you as the mayor are responsible for details from trash disposal to land development to addressing the concerns of regulatory agencies and petitioners. This may be a little too much like real life for those looking for some escapist entertainment (like my kids!). It's also not easy to keep a city going. There is a lot of micro management that in real life would be handled by section heads and others, that in “Sim City” is up to you. Put roads too far apart and Sims (the residents of your city) won't walk to work. Don't build enough playgrounds and families will move out and your residential areas will run down and taxes dry up. All the real life problems you hear about in the news can and will happen to your town.
The latest edition of “Sim City” sports a great new set of graphics. The buildings look realistic, roads and infrastructures are detailed even in the neat zoom mode provided. There is lots of help for mayors. A ticker that runs along the bottom of the screen alerts you to things in the community, like the need for additional public transportation or disasters that are occurring nearby. It even provides some comic relief from the day to day grind. You also have a group of able advisors always offering advice and guidance.
The game is a fine alternative to most of the games on the secular market. It contains no objectionable content and provides a great experience for adults and families. This last point is important. Per my 12 and 14 year olds, this is not a game to buy your teen and expect them to give up their latest 3d adventure game or Nintendo. However, it would be a great one for you to sit down with them and work through. Imagine starting a town named for your family. Junior can be mayor and Dad is his trusted advisor. Start your city and play for an hour or so each week. Discuss what is going on and what your next move should be. Now you're not just playing a game, you're creating a memory.
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Positive—Anyone who enjoys hours of building anything, will enjoy this game. it may take a little while to understand how the game “thinks”, but if you read the manual to answer your questions you should be alright. make sure you have a decent system to run this game on, because it's not kind on system resources. My Ratings: [5/5]
—tye, age 20
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