Initially, the gaming industry focused on base human instincts: sex, violence, murder, adrenaline. Sports and military games came out in battalions from the workshops of eminent designers. However, the famous series bearing the same name changed everything.
No one could resist the benevolent and so similar to the surrounding people characters. In one game they were building a tower, in another they were building an amusement park, in a third they were building a family, a career and a business. Finally, the fourth popular global destination is marvelous cities that spread like multi-colored canvases throughout the virtual world, duplicating the real world. Meet the next member of the famous family, SimCity.
The sandbox is not for everyone
What plot awaits you? An endless game of city development, of course. You have to lay kilometers of roads, build quarters of small houses, gradually transferring them to the category of elite areas and building barracks for cheap labor in the distance. Stretch wires from dams and nuclear power plants, establish communication with the whole world in order to sell them technologies, ideas, and at the same time oil and ore. You are the illustrious mayor of a beautiful town, and it depends only on you in what future its inhabitants will wake up. They will become smarter, faster, stronger, begin to conquer space and contact the bohemians, or get bogged down in the entanglement of loans and labor contracts concluded out of desperation with mega-corporations.
Closer to reality
As before, you will have to lay roads (including to the edge of the location) in order to establish infrastructure, and only then build districts. You are still forced to listen to advisers in order to improve the quality of life, and hence the income to the city budget. A landfill or a thermal power plant near a pasture? Killed agriculture and animal husbandry. An oil pipe running through a residential area? No self-respecting white collar will settle here, which means that a profitable exchange will not be able to work!
However, there have also been innovations. For example, roads no longer run only at right angles, but can curve beautifully along beaches and through nature reserves. Important institutions have become modular. You can literally grow an enterprise from scratch, regardless of the lack of space or staff, in stages. In addition, the influence of the social sphere has increased.
Web of Life
Multiplayer has taken on a big role. Although at the initial stage there were certain difficulties and loss of saved games, today, however, errors and shortcomings are a thing of the past. Several cities can be placed side by side on the world map, supporting each other’s economy, and special agents will read the movements of residents in real time. Synchronized human and commodity flows create the illusion of real life! In addition, you can always send cheaper goods to a neighbor if he has a crisis, or send his workers to him on vacation in order to increase labor productivity.
Up to 16 people can play on one map, and it is not at all necessary for everyone to be present at the same time. By the way, global projects have also appeared that are easier to implement in a team. Huge sea or airports can be built alone, but together construction will be faster and cheaper, and everyone will benefit. The burden of service is shared equally, but, for example, a tourist paradise takes all the tourists for itself, and an industrial center saddles the cargo flows, increasing the efficiency of trade.
In general, the series has undergone graphic and technical improvements, without losing its zest. Disasters with UFO raids and zombie attacks, evil scientists and the fight against crime that accompany the development of the city still fuel interest. However, each event can have a positive effect (the mutant lizard will destroy some of the buildings, but will eat garbage, improving the ecological situation), and the ability to influence the structure of the city has increased. The social component is also on top. Take the next step into perfect virtual worlds with SimCity.