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SIMply a good Game
SimCity 3000 (PC)
Member Name: dopey copey
SimCity 3000 (PC)
Date: 27/08/01, updated on 24/09/04 (291 review reads)
Advantages: long running game., enjoyable
Disadvantages: May crash.
You start with a deserted space of land, Small, Medium or Large. You can set the amount of Hills, Water and Trees. And you can set it to easy, medium or hard play. The easier the play the more money you start with. You name your city and give yourself a name as you play the Mayor.
You don't have to start with a blank land either as you can choose a starter city that has some roads, buildings and utilities already set. Or you could pick an actual city landscape such as London, New York, Rome and many more. There are some complete games in scenarios, These Cities have set tasks for must for fill. The main option is New City.
Starting a game.............This game may seem dawnting to start with as there are loads of menus to navigate, but it soon becomes easy. As you start a new game or load a saved game a hints window opens and you can read as many as you want or just close it. You need to build your city before you can run it. You must lay roads, railways, subways or motorways for the traffic. Then you will need to lay water pipes and electricity cables plus the power stations and water works, These include pumping stations, Water towers, Cleaning works, Gas, oil or coal power stations. Then you must place a police force, fire station, schools, Hospitals, Museums, Parks and Colleges. Now you can set what type of area you want buildings you want to attract to your city by shading the area they can build in. Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Airport, Port and landfill. The first three can be a Light, medium or dense coverage. As long as you have enough money, Over wise you will need a load. Now you can sit back and watch your city grow.
Hopefully. All the menus needed are set down the side of the screen easy to see and use, The name of the menu will appear as you hover the cursor over them, They are all self explanatory. I will explain some of them later.
Playing the game............You should now see House's, Apartment blocks, Shops and Factories in many different shapes and sizes fill your city. Now you need to run your city and allow it to grow. You need to set the tax rate for each area, To high and your sims will move away. To low and you don't make enough money. As you make money you can expand your city. To help you out you can go to a Meet the people icon and get help from advisers. Advise on Transport, Finances, Services etc. Also you will find out if you have been given a reward such as a new house for yourself , a new county court house, Universities. If you take your roads, rail, water pipes, electricity cables off the edge of the map you should get deals from your neighbours. Some deals will make you money, Some deals help out your city by getting rid of rubbish. Eventually more and more things become available. Better power stations, New facilities, Army bases, Medical research units. As your city runs random disasters can happen, fires and riots etc. With these you just send the police or fire brigade to the right place. All good fun.
Menu's..............These are set around the right edge and bottom edge of the screen. These are for the Zones, Transport, Utilities, Emergency services, Budget, saving and many more. You can turn the map around and zoom in and out. You can check out everything from power and water coverage, Police and fire coverage, Traffic density, zone density etc.
Graphics............. All the buildings are well drawn and animated, Especially when you zoom in. You can see all the detail. Radar dish's rotate, Trains move along the rails and you can see the windows on the cars. People walk along the paths. The sounds all go w
ell with the action and it sounds like a busy city. Sometimes you have to wait a second or two for the graphics to draw themselves, This may depend on the set-up of PC you have. My Copy also crash's once in a while, again it may be down to my PC.
Intel Pentium 166MHz
32 MB free system RAM.
230MB free hard drive space.
4x CD-ROM drive.
2MB video card.
Intel Pentium 233MHz.
8x CD-ROM drive.
4MB video drive.
This game uses DirectX 6 ( your video and sound card must be compatible, Supplied on CD )
This is a good game and one to tax the brain instead of just endlessly going round tracks or platforms. This game should last you for ages as you can just keep going.
Well worth adding to your collection. An older game now so can be bought cheap. I have Dooyoo to thank for mine, or should I say You lot for rating my opinions. I used my Miles as Amazon E-Vouchers to buy my copy. Thank you all very much.