SimCity 2000 Game Boy Advance

Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
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  1. 65
    A solid effort with a ton of playability...if you can manage through the overall sluggishness of the experience.
  2. The screen size and button layout of the GBA prove to be limitations that this otherwise respectable port of SimCity 2000 cannot overcome.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    70
    No two games are same. This is one of the few GBA games that will actually give you an education while entertaining you at the same time.
  4. AceGamez
    70
    For all the pros and cons of this type of game, Sim City 2000 has the stamp of quality. It is very well presented graphically although it doesn't have quite the feel of a bustling city the PC version has.
  5. Nintendo Power
    66
    Although the original version of SimCity 2000 was built for point-and-click control, it translates well to the GBA control configuration. [Feb 2004, p.154]
  6. netjak
    37
    Nice eye candy, but without any substance. The features that made the PC version so addictive and well balanced are all gone, and what remains is only a shell of the original game, which is little more than an unresponsive electronic sandbox.
  7. Despite the technical limitations, SimCity 2000 remains an enjoyable, challenging way to pass the time. It isn't the direct conversion I'd hoped for, but for twenty bucks, it's plenty sufficient to the task.
  8. Pocket Games
    65
    The graphics are ridiculously tiny, even close up. Oh well, at least it's playable. [Summer 2004, p.42]
  9. The overwhelming dryness of this style of game, along with the portability issues that hang over it like a rather nasty storm mean that this game is best left to the PC if at all possible, which is a far better platform for the amazing depth, strategy and variety that this game offers.

Awards & Rankings

#41 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
#9 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. BenC.
    Apr 25, 2005
    10
    This game kicks ass, old school games are better than must new games out there.
  2. KevinH.
    Dec 28, 2004
    7
    Considering the limitations it's pretty good, except for one problem: it's far too unresponsive when fighting disasters. Single Considering the limitations it's pretty good, except for one problem: it's far too unresponsive when fighting disasters. Single riots and small fires are ok, but if you have a fire speading throughout your city, forget about trying to fight it. It simply doesn't respond to your moving of the firefighter placements unless you hold down the direction for a long time - then it scrolls you past where you wanted to go - very frustrating. Other than that, the limitations compared to the PC version are understandable, and the game play is decent. Full Review »
  3. TonyM.
    Nov 4, 2004
    10
    Sim City is an awesome game, but now I don't have to take my laptop everywhere to play it!!!!