Today, EA gave a sneak peek of ‘need for speed’ and ‘simcity’ as part of their road show at the Apple Store here in San Francisco.  I was not all that interested in need for speed, but just as a note, this is the first time a car (the Nissan 2009 something, I need check on that) was first displayed in a game.  Neat idea.  But no, I came to see simcity.  And for a handheld, it looks goooodd.  🙂

Yes, I played with it and the graphics are nice, the menus make sense. Side note though, when you pan or zoom, the polys are hidden, so you only get the property outline. No biggie.  The buttons are good sized to make it easy to use.  I like that when you build something, like a road, you can ‘place it’.  Something the version on my treo 650 did not have. The game is mostly built from the ground up, but the core engine is from simcity3000, so we can expect a pretty rich feedback loop.  Is there a cheat code?  Yup. … I’m I going to tell you?  No. …  well, ok, to GET to the cheat code textbox, you shake the device.  I do not have any codes right off, but if I get them, I will share…

{Update:  cheat codes!
i am weak = Construction costs set to $0
pay tribute to your king = All extra rewards

} // I tested a few others.. No luck.

They do not have a solid release date, but target to be sometime in the next 7 days.. Xmas download anyone?  Its also target priced at $9.99.  Normal first release price.

So I will buy it as soon as it comes out and write a follow up.  Hopes are high!

6 comments on “Sneak peek at SimCity for the iphone ipod touch

  • Shake the iphone/ipod to get cheat code field to appear.
    So far I got these two former SimCity 3000 cheats to work in the iPhone version.

    i am weak = Construction costs set to $0
    pay tribute to your king = All extra rewards

    • sweet. I should have figured if they were using the simcity3k core that they would use the same cheats. I think I'll do a bit of searching on the web and see what I can find.

  • As usual, I'm now totally addicted to this game on my iPhone… rendering all of my "nobody's looking" time devoted to building and managing cities and getting pissed-off. LOL! It does crash occasionally and you will lose all your progress from the last saved point, but just learn to save often (like when you're using Word) 😉 Also I've encountered a couple funky code screens when adding some water pumps and such and the game crashes, but that's seldom. I'm sure they'll get some updates out soon too.

    I do wish there were a few more features available – like diagonal roads/RR tracks, more bridges, highways, etc… but alas – I am spoiled with desktop version and this really is quite impressive to have on an iPhone. Very ambitious indeed!

    Yes, the two cheat codes mentioned above seem to be the only ones that work so far. No other methods for unlimited or extra cash seem to work. Hopefully they've added a new one for us to be revealed some time – that would make longer game play much more fun for us maniacs! 😉

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