Simcity DS

Genre: Strategy/War
Platform: DS
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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7

Impressively, this miniaturized version of SimCity packs nearly every classic aspect of raising a bustling metropolis from the bare ground. After tracing out roadways and zoning a few parcels, I watched with anticipation as the buildings sprung up. And then the reality of actually playing SimCity on a DS set in. Because neither of the two zoom levels work well, construction planning really built up my frustration. I was ready to throw up my hands trying to play anywhere other than sitting still; even the slightest bump made it impossible to be accurate with the stylus. Still, that unique SimCity urban-planning pride kicked in when my burg started growing, but the high faded awfully fast. Never have the DS screens felt so small; even the largest buildings lack the details key to their charming appeal. Take this as a reminder that just because you can put SimCity on the DS doesn't mean you should.

7

I completely agree. Part of the series' charm is watching your town come to life. Everything's so tiny and blurry on the DS, however--so never mind that for this particular SimCity. But for an on-the-go city-management simulator, this version is really robust: It's got budget sheets, graphs, too-talkative advisers with different personalities, and lots of special buildings to research and discover (including some sci-fi-themed ones). SimCity DS is deeper than I would've expected, but those annoying citizens that are constantly asking me to build random things (that aren't really helping the city) have got to go away.

7

It's indeed impressive that EA has shrunk down such a complex game without dumbing it down, but having to regularly hit the "Undo" button due to imprecise touches and a janky camera sucks out some of the fun. I didn't have as much of a problem with the visuals as my compadres, but I can definitely relate to the headache of having to sit through the whiny requests of my tiny denizens just in case they offer something important. SimCity's still a uniquely addictive experience when everything's clicking, but the DS just isn't the best medium for burgeoning city planners.

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  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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