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SimCity puts you in the role of Mayor or City Planner of one of eight large cities, including Tokyo, Detroit, Boston and Hamburg. Or you can build, nurture and design a fictitious city of your own creation. You must build streets, churches, airports, houses and other infrastructure while collecting taxes, balancing the city budget and guarding your city against crime and pollution. If that's not enough, earthquakes, tornadoes, shipwrecks and other disasters will plague your fair city from time to time.
To do a good job as Mayor or City Planner and ensure city growth, you must make sure your city has plenty of residential space, a low level of unemployment and a high quality of life. Other things to worry and fret over include zoning laws, land value, industrial and commercial space and funding for city services. Layouts, bulldozers, mapping and graphing systems and other tools will help you realize the city of your dreams.
SimCity is versatile in that the ideal city is whatever you think it is. You may prefer a bustling metropolis filled with lots of people, cars and tall buildings, or you may want to design a small rural community which will provide a nice and quiet way of life for its citizens. As long as overcrowding, crime, traffic, taxes or other problems don't drive away your Sims (simulated humans), your city will flourish. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide