iPhone Game Reviews

SimCity for iPhone – Review

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Released Dec 15, 2008
Developer: Electronic Arts
Price: $0.99

I have never played Simcity much, nor am I a fan of Simcity. But I knew it was quite a popular game and when it came to the iPhone, I guessed that it would rule the app store for some time in all its glory – Yes it did, but not in all its glory. I shouldn’t conclude outright that this game is bad, but I must say it wasn’t as good as I expected.

Simcity for the iPhone has all the features in a normal Simcity game. As usual, you can build residential, commercial and industrial areas, build roads, power plants, water towers, water pipes, power lines and the like. This sophistication is what made Simcity popular, and will certainly appeal to any Simcity fan.  The Simcitygame does away with the pleasure of quickly moving around the map using your mouse. Its very hard to play without a mouse and keyboard, and doing the simplest of jobs take forever.

Once you’ve got a few skyscrapers up, the game looks beautiful. The only thing I didn’t like about the graphics is that the grids show even when you are just moving around and not building things. Just like any other Simcity game, the music is a pleasure to have in the background while you are playing the game.

SimCityPerformance issues is a maaaaaaaajor drawback about the game! Once you get a city that fills the whole map, all it does is crash. Like many users have already mentioned on the app store, this game should have been renamed CrashCity. Even when you have built nothing on the terrain, moving around the map isn’t so smooth. Of course, EA has already recognized this problem and says it will be solving the issue with an update. Till then, you may have to wait.

If you are a SimCity fan, then all the negative things I just mentioned may have turned you against me. Well, SimCity fan, go ahead and buy this game. If you really are a great SimCity fan, then all the sophistication and great gameplay should appeal to you immmediately. Or if you are just another iPhone owner who is looking for a good game to buy, I suggest you look elsewhere. Comment on this post, coz’ I’m really curious of all the conflict between the SimCity fans and the ones who got frustrated buying this game.

Controls: 5/10
Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 7/10
Gameplay: 7/10
Value for money: 6/10

Overall: 6.4/10


Written by Vikram

January 1, 2009 at 10:44 am

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