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SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

Fall 2004 Software
Ages: All Ages
Publisher: Maxis/EA
Price: $39.99
Platform: windows
Simply put, SimCity goes Megalopolis. Though there's nothing simple about it, this fourth generation of one of the greatest computer simulation games lets players plan, build and oversee a fully functioning, complex and interactive urban metropolis. The big leap here is that your city, once made, can connect to other simmed entire cities you create to shape urban sprawl across entire regions.

The realism is remarkable. The lessons of modern urban planning and government decision-making are like real-life. Everything from raising taxes to putting out fires to managing natural disasters, players must consider risk-benefit options throughout. Do you give the striking teachers union a raise? How much do you budget for road repair? And how do you ease that awful rush hour that's driving people away from your city? (And get this: SimCity4 Deluxe includes the Rush Hour Expansion Pack with a you-drive-it feature that puts you behind the wheel of a vehicle motoring through the streets of in your city's downtown!)

Running a city is tough; so is this game. But players get an education here that might be unequalled in any other game!

Don Oldenburg   ©2004 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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