Sim City is the original simulation game. It was my first introduction to simulator games, and let me tell you the addiction has been out of control since. The basic premise for this game is running your own city from the ground up. It includes everything from electricity, housing, water, and even road upkeep. There are several scenario stories to play, giving you a set goal to win, or you can just start your own city from scratch. In addition you have to plan ahead, since there are many natural disasters that can plague your city, such as hurricanes, floods, fires, or riots.
One of the neat features about this game is the new map editor. You can use this handy little tool to create your very own city. Customize every feature from the amount of trees, amount of water or mountains, change the topography or let the computer randomize the map for you. The graphic sets change based upon your city starting year. For example, let's say you start at 1900; you wouldn't have access to the nuclear power plant or the water treatment plant, since they hadn't been invented yet. As the game progresses, you get rewards from your citizens for outstanding city work.
Things like the Mayor's house, City Hall, and even the coveted Arcos. This game is a brain stimulator, since
you have to optimize every aspect of the game to ensure your city thrives, not dies. You should consult each of your advisors, who are there to help you learn what your people want. Their advice also serves to help you learn the perfect techniques to master the budgeting and city planning aspects. Although learning the basics is easy, mastering this game is not.
I started playing at 12 years old and now, sixteen years later, I'm still learning new ways to perfect my cities. Although the graphics are a little dated, and the music leaves something to be desired, the game-play has enough replay value to keep you coming back for more, even 16 years later! I recommend this game for any age from 10+.
Summary: Although the game may have a steep learning curve when you first start, once the basics are learned, it's easy to play, hard to master. A fun, logical brain racking game, made to stimulate minds, young and old alike. If you like a good challenge, SimCity is for you.