Review: SimCity's endless fun despite strict limitations
12 March 2013
Excerpt: It's been exactly one week since SimCity saw its release marred by a series of unfortunate server-related issues.The game's always-on DRM requirement prevented many from enjoying the latest city-building simulator, making for a frustrating week.
Excerpt: While The DS' back-catalogue is rife with games that make innovative or novel use of the handheld's touch screen, there's actually a surprising lack of titles that use the stylus input in the most obvious way possible, essentially turning it into a mouse for the portable games machine.
Conclusion: I know I've said a lot of bad things about this game, but I think it's more of a result of me comparing it to the PC versions, which is really unfair. Sim City DS had me playing for quite a few hours which reminded me of the reasons why I enjoy the Sim City series so much.
Summary: True to the SimCity series, players will be able to create and control their city in the palm of their hands ... and much more. Maximizing the stylus and built-in microphone controls of the Nintendo DS, SimCity DS brings to the franchise like never before the feeling of personal involvement with...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: There's a lot of game crammed into this tiny package but unfortunately - for all but the most ardent SimCity mayors - it has too many moments of frustration. These can be muddled through but is it worth the journey, knowing that there is likely to be another roadblock up ahead?
Conclusion: Though the developers have done an admirable job stripping out some of the complexity and management duties to streamline the SimCity experience on DS, SimCity DS still feels over-complicated for a handheld game, at least in the initial phases when getting used to the fixed perspective, small menus...
Excerpt: For those of you who feel the mayoral instinct deep inside, Electronic Arts has just released another Sim spawn, and it might feed your aching need, like lite beer when there's nothing else in the fridge... SimCity DS.