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You'll get to plan your city from scratch as you lay down roads and railroad tracks, clear away forests, and set about creating residential, industrial and commercial zones. You'll also need to install a power plant and hook everyone up with electricity. As the game progresses a month at a time at a speed set by you, you can watch buiildings sprout as your city grows and thrives. You'll get to set a yearly budget and decide how much to tax your citizens and how much to spend on the transportation, police and fire departments.
Later, you'll get the chance to build an airport, create ship docks, and even attract a professional sports team with a franchise. Plenty of maps, graphs and reports will keep you up-to-date on the status of your city, including the always important approval rating of your people. It takes a careful mix of crucial decisions to work your way up to a metropolis, but even once you're there you'll still need to worry about disasters such as plane crashes, floods, fires, and even a certain green monster who likes to eat trains for lunch. Are you up to the challenge? ~ Brad Cook, All Game Guide