SimCity™ Deluxe Review
- Responsive, easy to use interface.
- Complex city management tools.
- Multiple saves and pre-generated starter/scenarios.
- Still missing some advanced options like highway development.
While previous owners of SimCity be upset at repurchasing this title, SimCity Deluxe is how things should have been and is an excellent adaption of the series for the App Store.
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If you're wondering where SimCity on the App Store went, well here it is again with a fresh coat of paint as SimCity Deluxe. Perhaps that's being unfair though as where SimCity felt absolutely tragic to play, SimCity Deluxe corrects and improves the game to near pristine levels and is certainly a welcome update from Electronic Arts.
If you're unfamiliar with the SimCity series, your single aim is to create a successful city, managing its development and tweaking things to ensure your citizens are happy and prosperous. You can choose between pre-made starter cities or various scenarios to get to the meat of the game faster, however developing your city from the ground up is still as fun as it was all those years ago. The controls are intuitive and easy to use and while things can be a bit sensitive you can pause the game and take your time before confirming any changes.
The interface has undergone a minor upgrade as well, but those who played the original will be familiar with the SimCity 4 style graphics and interface options. The jazzy tunes that play in the background do feel strangely out of place, but playlist support is available for your iPod.
While it's easy to understand why Electronic Arts needed to distance SimCity Deluxe from its previous release, those who purchased the original may not be impressed at having to buy it again. Still, if you're after the true SimCity experience, this is as good as it gets.
DescriptionBUILT FROM THE GROUND UP TO BE THE BEST SIMCITY™ EXPERIENCE FOR iPHONE® & iPOD TOUCH®! Made to maximize the Retina Display, see your dream city come to life with simplified controls, optimized performance, inspiring visuals, exciting new scenarios, and starter cities. Designed for dedicated and casual players alike, let your inner urban planner run wild!
NOW DESIGNED TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE RETINA DISPLAY
See the texture of the ground and the ripples on the water. Observe your urban landscape in stunning detail. SimCityTM Deluxe includes enhanced graphic features specifically made to maximize the high-end visual quality of the Retina Display.
FACE CHALLENGING NEW SCENARIOS IN DIFFERENT SETTINGS
Get started in cities inspired by world famous locations and remake them to your liking with new, highly detailed buildings – including 41 renowned landmarks. Test your ability as a mayor in up to 7 multifaceted scenarios, from staging a glorious “World Games” to coping with a scorching heat wave.
MEET DEVASTATING DISASTERS
Guide your city through seasonal catastrophes like blizzards, electrical storms…and locust plagues! Or how about fending off a random meteor strike? Even encounter multiple disasters at once!
MODIFY TERRAIN WITH TOUCH CONTROL & INSTANTLY SEE HOW YOUR CITY IS SHAPING UP
Finger-paint water, land, and trees. Seamlessly rotate, scroll, and zoom – and never lose the view of your city! The optimized interface also includes improved menus and an automated power-lines option for easier play.
BUILD THE CITY OF YOUR DREAMS! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
If you’re new to the SimCity experience, the expanded tutorial and friendly in-game advisors will help you realize your vision. For added inspiration, you can even play your favorite block-rockin’ tunes as you make your SimCity come to life!
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