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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.6
Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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85 (Jul 12, 2007)
SimCity DS takes the best elements gamers have come to love about the metropolitan-creating franchise and wraps them up in a neat, miniature package. SimCity DS has included more elements to target the casual gamer, but these features have been carefully designed as to not alienate or insult the hardcore fan base the franchise has developed over the years. EA knew how to adapt the game’s formula to Nintendo’s dual screen handheld, and it shows. It’s not a complete SimCity game by any means, but it will fit nicely on the portable system that is known for its innovation. Highly recommended.
Worth Playing (Sep 12, 2007)
SimCity DS is [...] a huge game that's easily worth the money for devoted fans of the series and newcomers as well. You'll have to play through at least 10 cities before you see everything the game has to offer, and no other simulation title provides the amount of details and complexity that SimCity DS does. I have no problem recommending this game to anyone who enjoys simulations and wants to be kept busy for a few hours on the DS.
Nintendo Life (Sep 05, 2007)
Sim City is a well polished and enjoyable city simulation game for the DS; EA really haven't left much room for improvement. From start to the impossible to reach finish, the whole system is ridiculously addictive and well executed. For those who like planning and statistics, this is an essential buy; there are countless hours of enjoyment to be sought through this title. For those who like fast paced action and flashy visuals, there is nothing here for you. So the bottom line? If you like simulation games, get Sim City... now!
UOL Jogos (Jun 26, 2007)
"SimCity DS" tem sucesso em trazer as qualidades da série original. Administrar uma cidade está gratificante, apesar de ser mais simples que as versões para computador. O maior empecilho é a falta de precisão, que pode causar um pouco de irritação. Sua relativa simplicidade serve para iniciantes, mas há desafios para quem é experiente no gênero.
I know I've said a lot of bad things about this game, but I think it's more of a result of me comparing it to the PC versions, which is really unfair. Sim City DS had me playing for quite a few hours which reminded me of the reasons why I enjoy the Sim City series so much. If you want to be picky like me, then there will be enough in this game to annoy, but at least enough to make it enjoyable. I have a nice 7.5 out of 10 in my heart for this one.
71 (Jul 17, 2007)
Nach Anno 1701 DS haben es alle neuen Wirtschaftsimulationen auf Nintendos Handheld verdammt schwer, schließlich hat Disney mit der Umsetzung des PC-Hits neue Maßstäbe in Sachen Grafik, Spielspaß und Steuerung gesetzt. Leider erreicht Sim City DS dieses Niveau nicht mal in Ansätzen, vor allem die Steuerung wirkt nicht richtig durchdacht und die Grafik ruckelt merklich über den Bildschirm. Allerdings ist Sim City auch auf größere Gebiete ausgelegt als ein Anno, vermutlich scheitert die DS-Umsetzung auch deshalb, die zwei Bildschirm liefern nie die Übersicht, wie man sie vom PC her kennt. Dennoch ist Sim City DS für Fans der Serie eine interessante Wahl, spielerisch macht der Titel wenig verkehrt und über die technischen Mängel mögen einige sicherlich hinweg sehen.
Gamers Globe (Aug 12, 2007)
SimCity er under kategorien "klassiker", og det er der ikke blevet rørt ved med denne udgave. EA's japanske afdeling har gjort et fornuftigt arbejde med at overføre PC-spillet ned på Nintendo DS. Der er ikke meget nyt at hente i forhold til de tidligere spil i serien, men gameplayet alene er så bundsolidt, at det er svært ikke at anbefale det videre til spillere, der endnu ikke har prøvet at blive draget af SimCity. Der kræves taktisk snilde, tålmodighed og blik for spillet for at få det fulde udbytte, men rummer du disse egenskaber, er det kun at give sig i kast med Will Wrights nyrenoverede klassiker.
GameSpot (Jun 26, 2007)
The point is to have fun building, as well as probably destroy an awesome city with tools and data that actually pertain to real life. No, you can't shoot any fireballs, but perhaps you will come away with some insight into why the place you inhabit in real life is either so awesome--or so lame. While the game is steeped in infrastructural issues of its own (the lone save slot is almost unforgivable), SimCity DS is still a nice place to revisit.
68 (Jul 02, 2007)
But this is a game that could have been so much more. If only it had received the sort of touch generation's look and feel recently applied to titles such as Picross DS or Puzzle League, then this could have eclipsed even the PC title. As it stands SimCity DS should keep you entertained for some time, and serve to introduce a new audience to the joy of town planning.
Deaf Gamers (Jul 31, 2007)
Whilst it's very pleasing to see a SimCity game appear on the DS, it has to be said that SimCity DS probably isn't as good as it could have been. The single save slot and an advisor that can't be turned off are the two biggest problems but not being able to undo what you may have accidentally demolished and the game occasionally mistaking which tile you are trying to place an item in or zone are also major annoyances. Despite the problems though the game is still fairly enjoyable and does offer a decent SimCity experience. The real problem is that many gamers simply won't have the patience to put up with the niggles long enough to enjoy the city building goodness that SimCity DS has to offer.
Armchair Empire, The (Aug 02, 2007)
All things considered, SimCity may have just been too big to fit on a handheld. That said, if you can cope with the limitation of one save slot and some small text and graphics, SimCity DS might be worth it check out.
60 (UK) (Jul 07, 2007)
I'm aware this all sounds horribly negative. That's not how I intended it, but this is one of those games where minor complaints snowball into annoying niggles and, before you know it, you've grumbled on for over a thousand words about the bits that don't work. In the interests of balance, there are actually bits that do work, often quite well, so long as you approach it more as an open-ended puzzle game than a strategic simulation. If that's you, and you're happy with nothing more involved than making city-shaped patterns, then feel free to pretend the number below is a seven. For the rest of us, while it's obvious that, in theory, SimCity can be done on the DS, in practice it could have been done a lot better with a lot less wackiness and a little more depth.
Du har sett Sim City förut och du har definitivt sett det i bättre form än till Nintendo DS. Men visst, om du är revisor och din favoritfärg är beige är det här ett givet köp.
60 (Jun 22, 2007)
Sim City DS est un jeu de gestion aux possibilités étendues et au gameplay très riche. Néanmoins, sa jouabilité pèche et on se sent très à l'étroit sur les petits écrans de la DS, surtout lorsque la ville atteint une taille conséquente. Il devient alors très problématique de construire car on se heurte au manque de lisibilité du quadrillage coloré du mode construction.
Pocket Gamer UK (Jun 25, 2007)
While these shortcomings all taint the experience of playing SimCity DS, they don't totally destroy the fun. Middling presentation, annoying advisers, and issues with saving aside, the touch controls are enjoyable and the core simulation mechanics works as well as it ever did. Ultimately, SimCity DS ends up being an average game that best serves those willing to put up with its flaws. Much like your common-or-garden builder.
Computer Bild Spiele (Aug 01, 2007)
Eine große Stadt auf dem kleinen DS-Bildschirm zu verwalten, ist nicht einfach. Es gibt viele kleine Elemente, die alle eine Rolle spielen. In der PC-Version etwa zeigen kleine, fahrende Autos, dass der Verkehr läuft. Das lässt sich auf dem kleinen DS kaum darstellen. Und dass die Echtzeit-Eingriffe wegfallen, knabbert an der Faszination des Spiels. Man ist viel mit dem Stift zugange, ohne aber die pulsierende Stadt im Überblick genießen zu können. Was auf der einen Seite fehlt, wollten die Macher mit Spielereien, wie dem Einfangen von Geschenken eines vorbeifliegenden Weihnachtsmanns, ausgleichen. Diese und andere Ideen sind mäßig. Städtebau mit dem DS kann also allenfalls "befriedigend" sein.
Diehard GameFan (Jun 25, 2007)
Sim City DS is fun at times, but generally it is just tedious. I’d recommend waiting for a price drop, because at thirty bucks it just feels lackluster. This game is a classic and one of the most influential in all of gaming. It just hasn’t aged well with today’s generation of quick reward seeking and low attention spanning having gamers.
GameSpy (Aug 01, 2007)
The multiplayer features in SimCity DS are so disappointing that one might start wondering about the exact meaning of the word "multiplayer" itself as seen on the back of the box. Here it only means connecting two DS handhelds wirelessly to download one -- and only one -- special landmark building that can be added to the city. Seriously, is it worth your time? The fact that SimCity DS features the traditional SimCity gameplay is the only reason why it earns its score. Every other added feature is unnecessary, if not even annoying, and the effort to transform it into a game that appeals to a younger audience falls flat on its face. Considering the fact that syn Sophia used to be the respected developer Aki, one cannot help but wonder why it's not going back to wrestling games, since they are clearly its strong suit.
40 (Jul 24, 2007)
Après les Sims et ses diverses extensions, Electronic Arts poursuit le transfert de ses gros succès du monde PC sur la DS, la console portable de Nintendo. Sans réellement se préoccuper de savoir si cette solution est la plus pratique pour le joueur. Avec ce nouveau titre, Simcity DS, disons le tout de suite la réponse est non. Malgré quelques bonnes surprises de scénario, l’ergonomie est mal commode, voire franchement désagréable. Seuls les plus accros aux titres de Sid Meyer s’y essaieront par curiosité. Les autres peuvent se rabattre sur un Tetris DS s’ils tiennent à manipuler des blocs.