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Sim City (1989) is a series of city-building games, created by Will Wright. Since their inception as educational experiences in 1989, the games have enabled players to design ambitious cities. The attraction is the openness of play, where you can let your imagination and ideas play out on a grand scale to see the implications.

You start with a small budget and a patch of undeveloped land. By establishing residential, commercial and industrial zones, and providing electricity and water you soon have people moving in and building their homes. Then, by means of taxes, you can make money to develop your city further.
  • SimCity (1989) on PC, Mac, Amiga, Atari ST
  • SimCity 2000 (1993) on Mac, PC, SNES, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance
  • SimCity 3000 (1999) on Windows, Mac, iOS
  • SimCity 64 (2000) on Nintendo 64
  • SimCity 4 (2002) on PC and Mac
  • SimCity DS (2007) on DS
  • SimCity (2013) relaunched on Mac and PC
  • SimCity: BuildIt (2014) on iOS and Android

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Sim City 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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This is a Simulation and Strategy game with Creative and World Building elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 20 hours to complete. The time to play depends on how ambitious your plans and how successful you are at completing them.


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

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Sim City usually costs £17.99.

SimCity 4 Deluxe

Steam Store PC £17.99
Steam Store Mac £17.99

Sim City

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/02/1989, updated in 2014

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy (Creative and World Building)

Accessibility: 14 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Grid

Developer: EA (@EA)

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