Publisher: Maxis, Electronic Arts
Release: February 2013
Rating: ESRB T, PEGI 12+
Now every Sim has a purpose in the SimCity world, a home to go to, a job to work at, even stores to shop in. SimCity introduces GlassBox, the revolutionary simulation technology that gives you the power to impact individual Sims lives, manage city level simulation, and balance multiple city simulations at once.
Experience city level simulations including power, water, traffic, unemployment, taxes and much more.
Within a region of cities, attract new Sims into your city, compete for precious resources, and protect your Sims against disasters.
It’s city planning at an epic scale!
Work together with friends to build a region for the first time! The cities in your friends’ region will directly interact with each other.
Want to be a good neighbor? Send fire trucks to help your friend in an emergency.
Want to be a bad neighbor? Produce mass pollution and watch your friends’ Sims become sick.
Team up to share resources and accomplish great feats like launching shuttles into space.
Participate in global challenges like lowering the total pollution output in the SimCity world to unlock a trophy to place in your city.
Check regional and global leaderboards to compare your city with your friends.
Every decision in your city and those in your friends’ cities will impact the greater SimCity world.
- Constructible Worlds
Immersive 3D worlds and tactile interactions give you the power to shape the city you envision.
Customize buildings to unlock additional functionality and offer additional gameplay benefits.
Experiment and place buildings in different locations and watch how it affects your city.
Play with new enhanced design tools like curvy roads and zoning to create the city you always wanted.
Complete missions to unlock better buildings and create the most impressive city in your region.
- Specialize in What You Love
Create a unique city each time you play by specializing in a specific industry.
Build a casino resort and watch as your city becomes a major tourist attraction.
Invest in schools and become an educational enclave.
Or transform to a manufacturing powerhouse that fuels your region.
Watch as these specializations influence the look, feel and core personality of your city.
- Sims Matter
The Sims in your city speak to you directly and it’s up to you to respond by completing pledges.
Unlock rewards and earn achievements by meeting your Sims basic demands, like providing water and electricity, but soon they will ask for better schools and bigger parks.
How you manage your city and the Sims living in it is entirely up to you.
Build hospitals for the sick and provide entertainment for leisure and your Sim population will grow and be happy.
Will you listen and be the toast of the town or abuse your power for fame and fortune?
Learn more about the brand new SimCity at the official website.
What is GlassBox?
GlassBox is the revolutionary simulation technology behind SimCity. It gives you the power to impact individual Sims lives, manage city-level simulation, and balance multiple cities at once. All of this is done through a unique graphic interface, which replaces charts and numbers with the experience of actually manipulating the city itself and seeing how it responds in real time. Now you can physically move buildings and install services and industries into your city, then watch as the city itself gives you visual feedback. Manipulate water, power, traffic, pollution, unemployment, and more. Using the tactile GlassBox interface, epic city planning has never been easier or more fun!
The Economic Loop
The GlassBox engine behind SimCity achieves its unique gameplay experience through units of information called agents. Agents travel along pathways defined by the roads in your city. They may represent units of power, goods, the signals of a fire alarm, or even the Sims themselves! Each agent has a purpose in the simulation just as they would in an actual city. A Sims objective may be to go to work, whereas the purpose of a unit of power may be to turn on the lights for a residential block. Each choice you make enables, hinders, or changes these agents and affects the overall destiny of your city!
Data Visualisation Layers
Most of the clues to your performance as mayor of SimCity come from the look of the buildings and the behavior of your Sims. However, through data visualization layers, you can also look behind the scenes for deeper clues about how your city is functioning. See how much power is traveling through the wires, or water through the pipes under your streets. You can even look at the terrain under your city to discover coal deposits that may be useful to your citizens or possible pollution. The data visualization layers allow you to see and control every aspect of your city!
Creation and Spread of Fire
Sometimes disaster can strike your city! Fires may start in homes abandoned due to poverty, or they may be started by a crazed arsonist. Fire in the GlassBox simulation is manifested in a very realistic way. Radiant “heat” may cause nearby structures to smoke and burn, depending on their building materials. Sometimes those structures can even explode! Sims will run from burning buildings, but some may not get out in time and will have to be rushed to the hospital. Good thing you have a fire department. As the alarms go off, they will rush to the scene and hopefully keep your city from going up in smoke!
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Pre-order and get the Bonus SimCity™ Heroes and Villains set!
- New Characters - Protector of SimCity™ MaxisMan vs. The Evil Dr. Vu and his henchman.
- Crime Waves - The Evil Dr. Vu is loose and will create havoc in your city. Normal police have their hands full against this Super Villain. The Evil Dr. Vu will solicit Sims to become his henchmen and carry out his dastardly deeds.
- Super Hero HQ – Place MaxisMan’s headquarters in your city to combat crime and keep your Sims safe. Upgrade with the Turbo Machine garage and The Reticulator landing pad.
- Evil Villain Lair – Place Dr. Vu’s Lair in your city to unleash a crime wave. As The Evil Dr. Vu commits more crimes, upgrade his lair with a special laboratory and a garage for the Evil VuMobile.
Recreate a European inspired neighborhood in the center of your city! Place world renowned landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate or Big Ben to help your tourism business in your city. Receive challenging missions, complete unique achievements and earn big bucks as waves of Sims visit the landmarks. Watch as the businesses, homes and vehicles around your landmarks start to take on the flavor, style, and architecture of those countries.
- Signature Landmarks – Be the envy of your region by placing beautiful landmarks to give your city district a fresh new look. Sims will visit your city to see the beautiful wonders.
- Change in the Streets – Watch the streets, homes, businesses, and vehicles around your landmarks start to take on the flavor of those countries.
- More Ploppables – Move your Sims in style with new transportation. Double Decker buses from London, High-Speed Rail from Germany, and police and fire services from Paris.
- SimCity™ Digital Deluxe includes SimCity™ Heroes and Villains set.