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I have few gripes about this game. No bugs were evident at all in significant hours of gameplay, and the speed at which the game moves is impressive. SimCity 3000 plays smoothly, is graphically pleasing and has the attention to detail which separates a true classic from a five minute wonder. It is a long-term investment, not a choice for whiling away an hour or two after work. The programmers have updated the concept sufficiently, I think, for those who own an existing copy to justify updating to this version. There's a lot of code to get through, and on the whole, the journey is satisfying. Go build!
Although these new elements enhance an already enchanting simulation, some users may be disappointed that SimCity 3000 adds few other new features. In many ways, SimCity 3000 is little more than SimCity 2000 with a very successful face-lift. And Mac users accustomed to a Mac interface will likewise be disappointed with SimCity 3000's Windows look–complete with a chunky, white arrow cursor and Windows-style folder navigation.
If you've read through this whole review and have come to the conclusion that SimCity 3000 is a poor Mac game, you're wrong . . . and I'm sorry. It's not bad. In fact, it is still the coolest game I know. I can't get enough of it. Nothing blends creativity, strategy and deductive thinking better than SimCity. Problem is, Maxis dumped on Mac users. A once-beautiful relationship was trampled by Maxis' parent, Electronic Arts, with no loyalty or class.
For those that favor its acquired taste, SimCity 3000 is a refined and sweeter version of the classic SimCity 2000. This game is the ultimate “time sink”—one that you will fire up, intending to just fool around with for ten minutes or so, then glance in the clock and react in horror as you realize two hours have passed. It is a game for noodlers and nitpickers, not for anyone who prefers games that have a deathmatch option. The open-ended nature of the gameplay is both the game’s biggest bonus, and its most fatal flaw.
Sim City 3000 är något för de som älskar att bygga städer och se dem växa. För oss andra som bara är måttligt roade av tanken finns det bättre spel.
If you can ignore its many flaws and you have a superfast G3 or G4, you just might find SimCity 3000 enjoyable, but not if you own anything less than the latest and greatest Mac. As for us, we're going to stick with SimCity 2000 for another few years.
You may want to check out a friend's copy prior to plunking down your hard-earned money. The years may leap ahead by a millennium in the titles of the series but the enhancements and advancements in gameplay aren't keeping pace.