1. msbaylor's Avatar
    At the bottom of this review you will find 2 sets of videos – a short (~3mins, describing key features & controls) and a longer video (~7mins, describing a little in-depth features.)


    My main concern before getting this application was – would it be able to handle all the animations on the screen, or would it just be an expensive crashing app? After a brief setup and I selected the tutorial, I got a white screen. I thought this was a glitch (First thought - "NO, Not the white-screen-of-death!"), but after about 15 or 20 seconds, the main Sim-screen came up and walked me through the controls and what everything meant. That alone was very nice to have - major kudos for the help explanations.

    Issues:
    The first thing it caught me was – how to add roads. I immediately had problems with this, laying it exactly where it wanted me to. I felt that an offset feature would be nice, so that I could see exactly where I was laying the road instead of covering it up with my finger. I later realized I could zoom in to be more accurate, however, this might prove difficult if you want to lay down a long line of road – pave > pan > pave > pan, etc. Also if you are off when you place something, you have the ability to move it around before confirming its location (a type of “post-offset.”)

    Another issue I noticed was under the help menu (not the in game help,) that the buttons are very short and a bit hard to hit if you have fat fingers.


    Animations:
    Other than that, the game seemed to run just fine. I like how it adjusted some of the imagery to keep from eating up too much RAM without taking away from the game play. For instance – as you zoom out, animations will stop on the structures and just become static images. If you zoom in, all the way – in, you can see you Sims in transit (vehicular movement), however the images become fuzzy and less-sharp in detail as you zoom it. This was a bit of a let down, but I guess it has to happen to keep your handy-dandy iPhone from crashing… After all if viewing one or two structures on the screen, the structures animate, i.e., smoke stack on the oil factory puffs smoke.)



    Controls:
    The controls are fairly intuitive, incorporating the pinch/zoom, double-tap to zoom, and other features that you would normally use in the Maps.app are implemented into the application when viewing the map.



    Tutorial/Help:

    If you have question regarding anything on screen, just tap the question mark in the bottom left-hand corner, then tap the area/item that you have a question about and you will be given an explanation. This app has very helpful feature if you are new to this type of game.

    Display:
    There is a news ticker at the bottom of the screen that alerts you to things that are going on in your Sim’s world. If it is green text, then it usually means something good or something that needs to be fixed soon. This leads me to Advisors – depending on the “news stories” that show up, you have different “advisors” That will advise you on what to do in order to make your city better.



    Conclusion:

    This game exceeded my expectations in how the game handles and the depth of play, however, I was a bit dismayed on how hard it has to simply lay road down and how the images deteriorated when you zoomed in (I expected more from EA on image quality). If you’re a fan of SimCity or other God-view Sim games, then you should love this game.

    Pros:
    -Intuitive & Familiar controls
    -Numerous features
    -In-depth game play
    -Great help menu
    -Numerous map views to help you during the game.
    -Several difficulties of play.


    Cons:
    -Some of the menu buttons are hard to tap on.
    -Laying road or other narrow landscaping accurately can be difficult & frustrating.
    -Images aren’t as detailed (noticeably when zoomed into the region).


    Last edited by msbaylor; 12-18-2008 at 12:47 PM.
    12-18-2008 08:10 AM
  2. cjvitek's Avatar
    Man, this was fast. I downloaded it to review as well.
    12-18-2008 10:36 AM
  3. IrishSniper87's Avatar
    How is this game?
    12-18-2008 02:09 PM
  4. sting7k's Avatar
    So it does run pretty well then? Is it pretty much just Sim City 3000 on the iPhone? I used to play it on PC for a long time and loved it, I think this would a fun app when I am on trips or have lots of time to kill. Only problem is now all these 'real' games are gonna be murder on my battery.
    12-18-2008 02:14 PM
  5. msbaylor's Avatar
    As i said in my review. The game is quite awesome. It is a very in-depth game.
    12-18-2008 02:16 PM
  6. msbaylor's Avatar
    @sting7k
    Yeah it runs quite well once it loads up. Cant really compare it to the PC version, I never played it.
    12-18-2008 02:18 PM
  7. Geoff's Avatar
    I'm afraid to buy this game...I have watched the sun rise way too many times playing the PC version of Sim City!
    12-31-2008 03:18 PM
  8. msbaylor's Avatar
    I'm afraid to buy this game...I have watched the sun rise way too many times playing the PC version of Sim City!
    Haha i know what you mean, but truthfully i think having it on the iPhone, limits the interactivity between yourself and the game thus keeping you from becoming fully absorbed in the game, IMHO, but then again I am not so much into SimCity as I am into Rolando
    01-01-2009 01:45 AM
  9. Mike1980's Avatar
    i was fan of the PC version, but downloaded that one too. Tought my little daughter how to play.
    03-12-2009 04:46 PM
  10. redcool's Avatar
    awsome game love to play again and again...
    07-22-2010 07:37 AM
  11. TopGamer1980's Avatar
    for some reason businesses only populate one side of my city
    the other side has the exact layout (power&water system, etc)

    any thoughts?
    07-28-2010 11:10 PM
  12. Game_Me_More's Avatar
    for some reason businesses only populate one side of my city
    the other side has the exact layout (power&water system, etc)

    any thoughts?
    Did you remember to add roads?
    07-28-2010 11:30 PM
  13. TopGamer1980's Avatar
    yes i did.

    any other suggestions?
    07-29-2010 09:09 PM
  14. Sprite Cola's Avatar
    go away you Troll
    08-02-2010 02:29 AM
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