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  • Summary: City Life takes the city building genre into the 21st century with a powerful 3D engine and a variety of gameplay features. In the game, players take on the role of urban planner and real estate developer, creating a metropolitan paradise from dozens of beautifully rendered structures – including elaborately crafted villas and ultra-modern skyscrapers. City Life comprises the full city building experience, requiring players to take into account the need for municipal services, education, entertainment and a complete infrastructure system while maintaining harmony between the game's six distinct social classes. The graphics engine allows players to walk the streets of their cities, or zoom out to multiple levels for a better view of the overall action. A custom map editor will allow players to expand upon the 22 maps included with the game. [CDV Software] Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
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    It not only makes for a perfect introduction to the genre for those curious few yet to sample a taste of Sim City, as well as providing some more meatier challenges for the experienced simmer. Combine this with the incredibly detailed, smooth and well-conceived graphics and the discrete sound and music, and you have a game that's pretty much a must have.
  2. It won't win any awards for innovation (or its horrofic yacht-rock soundtrack), but City Life is still a great, slightly offbeat take on an old-fashioned formula. [Sep 2006, p.58]
  3. City Life adds a new social element to the traditional sim game. It takes some clever planning to keep your city’s populace from destroying each other, but the implementation feels just a bit heavy-handed. The rest of the package is high caliber, except for some questionable taste in music.
  4. City Life’s handling of social dynamics adds a fresh new layer to the enterprise of city building.
  5. Juggling to accommodate the intellectuals with the riff-raff offers a pleasant twist on the genre, but this still doesn't quite have the sheen of Will Wright's series. [June 2006, p.80]
  6. There's definitely enough complexity and strategy here to keep those who make it past the frustrating first steps, but unfortunately I feel this game may only appeal to more determined fans of the genre.
  7. The plea of distinction City Life enters ultimately fails due to tactical elements so facile they might as well not exist. [June 2006, p.120]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. RonnyG.
    Oct 13, 2006
    Great game. Very user friendly, took me only around 10 minutes to figure out without reading tutorial. I love every minute of it. This is like Tetris in a way - addicting, "Just five more minutes, mom!" Expand
  2. SomeOtherguy
    Jul 20, 2006
    LamingTrend rated it so low just because of Starforce. Which is a totally bunk release to rate a game low. The kids that run that site should be ashamed. Expand
  3. V.Stoned
    Jun 15, 2006
    Excellent and very detailed graphics and an almost perfect gameplay make this a somewhat classic. Can't wait for City Life 2 (or 2000).
  4. MerryD
    Oct 12, 2006
    StarForce, the newest way to protect game software from pirates, and it is pretty good at what it does. Most games that use 'StarForce' don't seem to have working nocd patches, (or rather, working ones) it is obvious that those who hate StarForce are pirates, plain and simple.

    I would also like to state that I hated SimCity 2000. The game was too easy with no clear distinction of what to do. So I build a city, leveled taxes, what now? (promptly shoots down helicopter). If this game merly mirrors gameplay from 2000 I will hate it till the end.
  5. Sep 7, 2011
    cool game. makes fun and you can waste a lot of time palying it XD.
    having more traffic options would be great and a better fire control would
    avoid losing your whole city in flames. Expand
  6. Someguy
    May 29, 2006
    Game looks great, I'm just so disappointed it includes StarForce. There's one less buyer. Be aware!
  7. Axwell
    Nov 27, 2006
    I couldnt be more dissapointed with this game, it held my attention for a mere half a hour, not worth buying AT ALL.