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SimLife

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
...
3.8
Windows 3.x
...
2.3
DOS
...
2.8
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Description

A complex game in which you can create your own ecosystems, animals or vegetables, then watch them eat, evolve, mate, or die.

Feel free to create funky animals! How about a giant snail that would have to eat several trees each day to survive - or a small kangaroo that would lay eggs and eat only bugs? You can even edit their DNA code, and make your animals mutate.

Screenshots

SimLife Amiga The biology lab. The actual visual representation of the species is on the right, the left picture represents various traits. (AGA/high-res)
SimLife Macintosh Scenario selection
SimLife Amiga Checking "History" to see what's happening (OCS/ECS)
SimLife Macintosh Entering the parameters for a new world

Alternate Titles

  • "SimLife: La Cour De Recreation Genetique" -- French tag-lined title
  • "SimLife: Der genetische Spielplatz" -- German full title

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User Reviews

One of the worst of many horrible sim-games. DOS Joakim Kihlman (270)

The Press Says

Datormagazin Amiga 1993 96 out of 100 96
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Sep, 1993 11 out of 12 92
Joystick (French) Macintosh Nov, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Games Master Amiga Sep, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Format Amiga Sep, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Macintosh Dec, 1992 79 out of 100 79
The One Amiga Aug, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 74 out of 100 74
Entertainment Weekly Windows 3.x Jan 13, 1995 C+ 58

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Trivia

Amiga version

This was the first Amiga game for which the AGA version (for A1200 and A4000 based systems) was released before the standard version. As the VGA PC graphics could be ported directly across to the 256-colour AGA mode, this made the conversion easier. Several Mindscape titles around the time also offered AGA enhancements.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Manual in 1992

Contributed to by NGC 5194 (17258), Martin Smith (63168), Terok Nor (18323) and Cochonou (1017)