City Life

City Life 2008

Build the city of your dreams

Everyone has sometime dreamed of being mayor and ruling a city. The good news is that you can now make that dream come true. View full description

PROS

  • Two game modes
  • Challenging gameplay
  • Awesome zoom capabilities

CONS

  • Changing perspective is not easy

Very good
8

Everyone has sometime dreamed of being mayor and ruling a city. The good news is that you can now make that dream come true.

City Life gives you the reins of a whole city and entrusts you a simple yet difficult mission: manage every single aspect of your city and make it a great place to live. You can choose to play either in Scenario mode, where you begin your career with an already built city, or in Free mode, in which you start building everything up from scratch. Whatever playing mode you choose, you must take care of every single detail: power factories to light up streets, residential areas for citizens, companies and firms for them to work, shopping areas, hospitals, schools and of course, traffic and public transportation. As you can imagine, you'll need loads of concentration and a good strategy if you want to succeed as virtual major. Man, I never knew running a city was that hard!

But that's not all: City Life includes another challenge, this time involving citizens themselves. They're categorized in different social classes and you'll need to have that into account when building residential areas if you don't want demonstrations and riots going on everyday.

Gameplay is quite easy: most actions are performed with the mouse, plus menus are simple and clear. I especially enjoyed the ability to zoom in up to street level, so that you can actually walk along the inhabitants of your city. On the downside, moving around the map is not that intuitive and I couldn't find a way to change perspective with the mouse, which is far more comfortable than they keyboard.

City Life 2008 lets you build the city of your dreams, but be aware that this involves a lot of work!

From superb villas in residential areas to imposing sky scrapers in the business district, design, build and develop the city of your dreams. Provide your citizens comfort and satisfaction by proposing adequate leisure activities and distractions while making sure you are able to generate profits from taxes and duties. You must manage this city efficiently to ensure its development flourishes by resolving the thorny issues of pollution and traffic. Likewise, make sure the different sociocultural groups coexist as harmoniously as possible so that the city remains peaceful and prosperous.

City Life is a next-generation City Builder in real-time 3D. Its fully 3D game engine offers a level of detail unprecedented in the City Builder genre. The game boasts highly realistic settings, reflection mapping, a tree engine, dynamic shadowing, and even an immersion mode that enables players to move about the cities with a first-person perspective. City Life offers a unique game experience and a new challenge for City Builder's many fans.

See what this game features for you:

  • Play in Scenario or Free mode and explore 37 maps in five different environments
  • Experience an unprecedented level of detail and animation in the City Builder genre.
  • With 360° camera rotation and zooming, you can dive into the heart of your city to observe its inhabitants.
  • Track income and spending within the city and refine the infrastructure for maximum efficiency.
  • Ensure that the six subcultures share the city in the best way possible to guarantee peace and prosperity.
  • Satisfy the eight basic needs for each inhabitant: Work, Shopping, Health, Safety, Education, Leisure Activities, Quality of Life and Neighbourhood
  • A complete map editor.

— User reviews — about City Life

  • irriterendes

    by irriterendes

    "My best game.."

    If you like to build together parts, this game is your best choice! The game is very much delux, when it comes to detail... More.

    reviewed on October 9, 2011