SimCity 2000

Game Boy Advance

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. Cheat Code Central
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. AceGamez
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Nintendo Power
    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. 65
    A solid effort with a ton of playability...if you can manage through the overall sluggishness of the experience.
  7. Pocket Games
    The graphics are ridiculously tiny, even close up. Oh well, at least it's playable. [Summer 2004, p.42]
  8. The screen size and button layout of the GBA prove to be limitations that this otherwise respectable port of SimCity 2000 cannot overcome.
  9. netjak
    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.

Awards & Rankings

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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. BenC.
    Apr 25, 2005
    This game kicks ass, old school games are better than must new games out there.
  2. KevinH.
    Dec 28, 2004
    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
    Sim City is an awesome game, but now I don't have to take my laptop everywhere to play it!!!!