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City Life Review

Developer: Monte Cristo Publisher: CDV
Release Date: June 2, 2006 Also On: None

Take one look at the box and the first thing that should pop into your mind is the classic SimCity. City Life basically works the same way as SimCity in that you build a city and watch it keep growing, and eventually you have yourself a metropolis. You get to build your houses according to class, and make jobs for specific social classes. These classes range from the have-nots to the rich people. Then the businesses you build are also class specific, you have factories and power plants for the have-nots and the white collar citizens work in the hospitals.

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It’s fun to watch your city grow and flourish. All of your little citizens feel like children as you build them houses or make sure they have a place to get their food. But unlike children, they tell you when they aren’t happy, and they make sure you know about it. If tensions arise between classes then either the cops get involved or your population starts to drop.

The difficulty curve is a little steep, so make sure you get plenty of practice on keeping your populous happy. Like I said, they let you know when they aren’t happy, and they tend to complain about a lot. I mean they want water, food, police and fire departments, and jobs. Come on that’s asking for a lot people. Guess who’s in charge of making them happy? You. If you start to slip, people will start to move out.

I guess the only complaint I have about it is the steep curve of difficulty. In the first city, I built houses then jobs, and then there was too much unemployment, so I had to make more jobs. Eventually I felt like my tropical island was being overrun with factories and sewage plants. The other bad thing about starting off is that it is easy to run out of money to spend on your citizens and on-top of that, when you run out and you are in the red, you have to go into debt to build up even more. If I ended up in a really big national debt that does not seem like it is going away anytime soon.

I was also looking forward to making the city go BOOM whenever I felt like it, like in SimCity. You don’t have that option. No UFO’s, natural disasters, crazy monsters or terrorists to attack your town. On the plus side it is pretty fun to look after all these citizens. Eventually building a massive city is quite an accomplishment, so it becomes something to be proud of. If you ever get sick of SimCity and you want something new, give City Life a shot.

Graphics: 8
Sound: 6
Gameplay: 8
Creativity: 8
Replay Value/Game Length: 9
Final: 7.5
Written by Matt Marzin Review Guide