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SimTown

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Perspective
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Windows 3.x
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Macintosh
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3.3
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Description

SimTown is one of several entries in the city-building simulation series, SimCity. As in prior installments, players are tasked as the mayor of a newly formed municipality, taking charge of it's expansion and success. Being aimed at a younger audience than that of the other games within the series a greater emphasis is placed on managing a small, socially ideal town than a sprawling metropolis. As such it features a much more stylized, cartoon representation and user interface, a number of added features allowing for greater interactivity with the populace, and a simplified system of resource management.

As their first priority as mayor players will simply need to construct a town, supplying not only housing for their residents but employment, schools, and civic buildings as well; Roadways and bike paths being needed to connect them all. While each building has its own associated costs and benefits they're often marginal enough that a player's selection will often be as much an aesthetic consideration as a functional one. In order to finance all of this consideration will also have to be paid to the player's limited resources of water, wood, and crops, which rejuvenate only so quickly.

Interacting with the populace will also be crucial to success. Individual citizens will often offer suggestions and make demands of the mayor and so a close eye will have to be kept on their opinions of how the city is being run. Those that favor specific types of restaurants will request them and objections will be made if the city is lacking in their preferred form of recreation. Players can also take a closer look at their residents by 'removing' the tops of buildings and peering inside, watching their life unfold on a more minute scale. Specially constructed designer characters can also be made to populate the town, built to pre-defined specifications such as their preferred clothing and personal preferences.

A number of awards can be gained within the game for exemplary achievements resulting from maintaining a balanced town for some period of time. An in-game newspaper will assist in these efforts by helping to keep the player up to date on what might be wrong in their city, or how they might be succeeding.

Screenshots

SimTown Windows 3.x Title screen
SimTown Windows Here is the Natural Resources screen
SimTown Windows Lets add a lake to our town
SimTown Windows 3.x Zoom out

Alternate Titles

  • "SimTown: The town you build yourself" -- Tag-lined title
  • "SimStad: Bygg din egen stad" -- Swedish tag-lined title

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The Press Says

Coming Soon Magazine Windows 3.x Nov 30, 1995 87 out of 100 87
PC För Alla Windows 3.x May, 1997 8 out of 10 80
World Village (Gamer's Zone) Windows 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC För Alla Windows May, 1997 8 out of 10 80
PC Gamer Windows 3.x Sep, 1995 76 out of 100 76
PC Games (Germany) Windows Sep, 1995 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Windows Jul, 1995 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jul, 1995 65 out of 100 65

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Trivia

Lots of easter eggs! Ant poster on theatre moves. Futuristic houses pop popcorn. (try all of the houses!) Click on the pizza on the pizza place. Click on the chimney on almost any house. Click on the top of the pool hall.
Contributed to by A O (71), Aki Zeta-5 (98) and Kabushi (122207)