Genre: Simulation
Developer: Maxis
Year: 1991

Rating: 7

Review: A quite competent, nay improved, port of the original version of this classic game. Still quite limited in scope, but also simple and remains a nice diversion today.

I first played SimCity on the PC, and while I enjoyed it quite a bit, it was a bit buggy and void of any flare. This port on the Super Nintendo gives it a bit of extra charm that makes it all the more delightful to play. In addition to your usual basic zones and utilities you can build, this version also adds special zones that you can acquire once you reach certain milestones, such as libraries, larger fire and police stations, amusements parks, casinos, and even a statue to yours truly if the citizens love you enough.

The graphics are improved. You can see the seasons change and the sprites are all a bit more defined and colorful. There’s also additional music, but it’s rather dull, and one would be better off muting the game and putting on your own tunes.

The only drawback from the original is that since this is a mouse-driven interface, it’s a bit clunky on the SNES. I wouldn’t say it’s significantly less user-friendly than the PC, but it would bother some players for sure.

4 thoughts on “SimCity”

  1. “There’s also additional music, but it’s rather dull, and one would be better off muting the game and putting on your own tunes.” You bite your tongue sir! This is one of my favorite SNES soundtracks! I manually recorded the soundtrack from the game and burned it to a CD!

  2. For some reason, I always hit a wall with this game. I’d build what seemed like a new, bustling city without the problems of the last one, and would nevertheless, at the same instance, find my growth staunched and my progress nil. The only thing I can compare it to is modern freemium games in that nothing makes sense but to pay for progression.

    I guess I’ll never be a city planner.

    1. One of the tricks of the game is to make 3×3 zones and put fire and police in the middle, because they dont need roads. Good city planning!

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