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System: Nintendo DS
Developer: syn Sophia
Publisher: Electronic Arts
United States: June 19th, 2007
Europe: June 22nd, 2007
The latest edition in the SimCity series finds it's home on the DS.
It's amazing how EA managed to keep so many important elements of
the game when converting it onto DS. Also the presentation is great
on both of the screens
There isn't really a story to SimCity DS you just follow your city
as it progresses.
Building A City - One of the modes of play on SimCity DS is Build A
City. The clue is in the title, you build your city from scratch,
with some help of course. You are elected as mayor and you name your
city. Then you are introduced to your new advisor which is based on
how you answer a series of questions. In Build A City you can play
or pause time. Time is paused when building which is great as you
don't get interrupted by your advisor. You use the different icon at
the top of the bottom screen to build different buildings, zones and
transport links. As you progress through time and reach milestones
like so many population you gain rewards which is another great
feature of the game, it gives you something to work towards. Also
when your building also within that section are graphs, data and
budgets to view an sort out. More about budgeting in a bit. When
your in play mode you watch building rise from the ground in your
different zones. Money and taxes come in or go and citizens talk
there ideas to you which you then have to make a decision on
building. These elements of the game are superb and are very neatly
Advisors - The first port of call is your advisor, if you need some
help and assistance or just a friendly chat their there for you.
Each advisor specializes in different areas. these include;
Budgeting, Planning, Environment & Pollution. However you cannot
have all the different advisors at once. You stay with one advisor
for usually 4 - 5 years then another one with ask and try to take
over. Advisors include friendly laid back people to funny looking
aliens which all adds to the humour of the game.
Also there are tutorials on how to build areas, fix problems and
prevent disasters. Well worth a look they are extremely informative
Saving A City & Disasters- Another mode of playing is Save A City.
You can chose a different area of the planet to help and each has
been affected by a disaster. Disasters are mentioned after this. You
need to usually bring back a high population, rebuild cities, keep
so much money and do all this in a certain time limit. Disasters
include; Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Major Fires, Attack from a evil
ape. Disasters are found in both Save & Build a City. They have
really good and comical cut-scenes especially the ape one. You have
to use the microphone to blow out fires and the stylus to
tranquillize the ape!
I give the gameplay: 8/10
The graphics are good for the DS. There is only one problem, when in
play mode in Build a City, sometimes it takes time to move about.
Other than that, a range of colours are used. Also there is a great
3D effect on both screens. Plus landmarks look really realistic.
I give the graphics: 8/10
The sound is pretty basic I have to say. The music doesn't change
much throughout that game. During events like Fireworks or Christmas
a friendly more up beat tune is played. Other than that the music
stays the same. I think this is good because the music just right
with the type of play.
I give the sound: 7/10
You can play this game as many times over as you like. If you
playing in Build a City, the game never ends. Just watch your City
grow and expand. If you get fed up with it, just start over! In Save
a City there are different areas to choose each with a different
problem so that's good too.
I give the replayability: 8/10
SimCity DS does have a bit of a challenge to it. If you go through
the tutorials then you will get a basic understanding of the game.
If you just rush in straight away, you won't have much of a clue.
First timers to SimCity may find it hard to play at first
I give the challenge: 9/10
The game does get frustrating at times. Especially when you try to
build something and the stylus moves a touch and it appears
I give the frustration: 6/10
This game was well worth the money. I suggest that you
mess around with it and get used to it first. After that build a
proper city and watch it progress
I give the value: 8/10
Overall the game is well suited to the DS capabilities. It also
keeps with the trend of SimCity series. However it does get a bit
tricky at times which could put younger players off the game
I give SimCity DS: 8/10
A brilliant conversion from PC to DS. Lots to do and plus it can
never end in Build a City. Plenty to do and you find your self
addicted. Only drawback is that it does take a lot to get used to,
the tutorials help but you can still get stuck
Date Submitted: August 15th, 2007