Faithful to the original series, adds new features,
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This review is from: SimCity Creator (Wii) (Video Game)
Any previous SimCity player will be able to dive straight into this new conversion - the zoning, buildings and disasters are all immediately recognizable. It's closest in gameplay to SimCity 3000, but time has moved on since this game so the graphics, music and gameplay are superior on the Wii version. Differences? Advisers are now 'hired', allowing you to dispense with them completely if necessary. Some civic buildings (e.g. airport, colleges, large parks) are 'unlocked' by building other objects of the same type or by completing in-game 'missions' - i.e. flying overhead.
For those not familiar with the series - SimCity is the best existing city-building simulation, with some fun features so that it isn't as dull as I imagine city planning to be in real life! But balancing the budget, setting taxes and providing services such as healthcare, education and public transport are all important. Zoning the correct balance of residential, industrial and commercial property zones will make sure that you can enjoy seeing a city grow where people have jobs. Low-density eco-village? No problem. Thriving commercial metropolis? The choice is yours to make. 'Disasters' are a nice element of the game, and enjoyed greatly by players - if things are going *too* well, unleash a Godzilla-like monster to destroy all your hard work. Comprehensive tutorials should allow immersion straight into the gameplay experience without reading a heavy manual or hint book.
Loses one star for the fiddly control mechanism, but otherwise there is still no finer simulation game, and one that's recommended to anyone who enjoys open-ended gameplay.