“ Simlife is developed and published by Maxis. You have to build an ecosystem from the ground up and give life to creatures. „
Sim Life was the forth game in the Maxis Sim series. First, there was Sim City then Sim Earth, Sim Ant and then Sim Life. Sim Life was definitely my favourite and the most challenging. When I bought this game it came on four disks and the user manual was huge. The basic idea of Sim Life is to simulate life. You are presented with a large map, which is split into blocks; the idea is to populate the areas. You can populate the areas with certain plants and animals. Then watch how they get on, in these conditions. Your animals live just like the real thing they have babies, die and even get eaten by other animals. You may think this sounds pretty boring, its not there are some very special features in this game. As animals progress you can get mutations, so the characteristics of the animal change. Still not convinced? The game enables you to actually make your own life forms. You can do this by picking the appearance of the animal or plant by choosing three picture parts from an enormous selection. For the animals, you have a choice of head, torso and abdomen and for the plant, you have flower, stalk and roots. You then do a few setting and you then have your new creation. Some people may find this game pretty boring, as it's not exactly riveting stuff. However, if you are a Sim fan it may interest you. Alternatively, if you are into biology it would be useful. On the Amiga, the graphics were nice but nothing special. There are plenty of sound affects, which give the illusion that the animals are communicating. If you love biology, you'll love this game, but if you like something exciting give this game a miss.