Kotaku got some hands-on time with the upcoming iPhone version of SimCity and shared their first impressions.

They found that the iPhone version, which is graphically similar to SimCity 3000 on the desktop, suffers somewhat from the iPhone's small display, given how much typically goes on in a SimCity game screen. EA has turned to multitouch controls to help make the most of the iPhone's screen real estate, but a few issues still remain.

The controls act the same way they do for Google maps. Sliding your fingers together, inward, zooms out, while sliding them apart zooms in. Touching and dragging moves your view around the map, while continuous taps cycles through the zoom levels. Placing singular objects is simple, but placing large zones or roads can be tricky to maneuver. Once you've selected the zone you want, you touch and drag to the appropriate length and width. However, there are times when you may find zones overlapping or roads not lining up properly. EA allows for easy corrections as you can reposition or delete unwanted blocks by the touch of a finger. I found this to be a little wonky at times the more dense an area becomes due to the increased chances of deleting the wrong block or building.

Kotaku also found that the complex, onscreen menu system takes some getting used to, but indicates that the game features a very nice graphical presentation with little touches such as intricately detailed 2D sprites as seen at maximum zoom (smoke rising from towers and detailed shading, etc.).

They emphasizes that SimCity for the iPhone is anything but "SimCity Lite". Everything found in the desktop version is accounted for in this fully featured version: pre-built cities, accountant recommendations, water pipes, natural disasters, etc.  

SimCity is expected to appear in the App Store this month for $9.99. Stay tuned for a full review once the game makes its debut.

Thanks Craig

  • http://www.razorianfly.com James

    I think it looks awesome.

  • http://www.razorianfly.com James

    I think it looks awesome.

  • Vende

    dear god

  • Vende

    dear god

  • http://www.CraigKnowsThings.com Craig

    I'm so flippin excited for this game! Just bought Monopoly.

  • Ryan

    I hope they launch it at a decent price, or at least that it's worth the asking price. I really want to like this.

  • http://www.CraigKnowsThings.com Craig

    I'm so flippin excited for this game! Just bought Monopoly.

  • Ryan

    I hope they launch it at a decent price, or at least that it's worth the asking price. I really want to like this.

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    Oh great! I'm going to be totally skint by January. ^_^

    I'm not complaining too much... BIA, Sparta, Ferrari GT and now SimCity... all 4 games for the price of one regular console game, there has to be at last 30 hours of quality gaming right there!

    Anyone want to by a PSP?

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    Oh great! I'm going to be totally skint by January. ^_^

    I'm not complaining too much... BIA, Sparta, Ferrari GT and now SimCity... all 4 games for the price of one regular console game, there has to be at last 30 hours of quality gaming right there!

    Anyone want to by a PSP?

  • Jesper

    they should make rollercoaster tycoon for iphone, i'd shit bricks

  • Jesper

    they should make rollercoaster tycoon for iphone, i'd shit bricks

  • Yaw

    @Jesper

    Seriously.. that would blow SimCity OUT OF THE WATER..

  • Yaw

    @Jesper

    Seriously.. that would blow SimCity OUT OF THE WATER..

  • 1337brian

    Awesome!!! YES!

  • 1337brian

    Awesome!!! YES!

  • effzehn

    It really seems now obvious that they (whoever this might apply to) can port any video or computer games released within or before the first half of this decade. Only point is to adapt to the small screen and the lack of classic controls. So I wouldn't be surprised of a Rollercoaster Tycoon, Quake II (maybe even III) and Shenmue (wink).

    Somehow I would like to see Theme Hospital. Made good memories, although gameplaywise most would state that Theme Park was the better of those two.

  • effzehn

    It really seems now obvious that they (whoever this might apply to) can port any video or computer games released within or before the first half of this decade. Only point is to adapt to the small screen and the lack of classic controls. So I wouldn't be surprised of a Rollercoaster Tycoon, Quake II (maybe even III) and Shenmue (wink).

    Somehow I would like to see Theme Hospital. Made good memories, although gameplaywise most would state that Theme Park was the better of those two.

  • Nathan

    I'm getting excited by this. Should wash the sub-par taste of Sim City DS away.

    That said, what's with EA's horrid HUDs? All the overlays look awful. The same can apply to their other iPhone games (with exception of Tetris).

  • Nathan

    I'm getting excited by this. Should wash the sub-par taste of Sim City DS away.

    That said, what's with EA's horrid HUDs? All the overlays look awful. The same can apply to their other iPhone games (with exception of Tetris).

  • bacaramac

    This is going to be awesome, can't wait to buy this and NFS. I haven't bought a PS3 game for many months (except RockBand 2 of course).

  • bacaramac

    This is going to be awesome, can't wait to buy this and NFS. I haven't bought a PS3 game for many months (except RockBand 2 of course).

  • bacaramac

    Oh yeah, I wonder if we will get "work while we sleep mode". This would be nice, kind of like what Virtual Villagers has.

  • bacaramac

    Oh yeah, I wonder if we will get "work while we sleep mode". This would be nice, kind of like what Virtual Villagers has.

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    effzehn: Shenmue! Ah now wouldn't that be something... It must be possible, Sega had a full copy of Shenmue and most of Shenmue 2 running on the Saturn back in the day. I appreciate that the Dreamcast version spanned several 1GB discs, but perhaps there might be a way of splitting the Shenmue story down into smaller chapters.

    Actually, given the success of Monkey Ball I'm kind of surprised that we haven't seen more Sega classics on the iPhone.

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    effzehn: Shenmue! Ah now wouldn't that be something... It must be possible, Sega had a full copy of Shenmue and most of Shenmue 2 running on the Saturn back in the day. I appreciate that the Dreamcast version spanned several 1GB discs, but perhaps there might be a way of splitting the Shenmue story down into smaller chapters.

    Actually, given the success of Monkey Ball I'm kind of surprised that we haven't seen more Sega classics on the iPhone.

  • Bill

    What about secrets like FUNDS or whatever? will that work?
    Not exactly a keyboard attached :)

  • Bill

    What about secrets like FUNDS or whatever? will that work?
    Not exactly a keyboard attached :)

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com Daniel

    Nathan,

    I couldn't agree more. As a SimCity Nut, both version on the DS were ridiculously disappointing. And at $29.99 a total rip off. I'll gladly fork over $9.99 if the iPhone version.

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com Daniel

    Nathan,

    I couldn't agree more. As a SimCity Nut, both version on the DS were ridiculously disappointing. And at $29.99 a total rip off. I'll gladly fork over $9.99 if the iPhone version.

  • vicviper42

    So, any release date?

  • vicviper42

    So, any release date?

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  • thewiccaman

    Presumably not available in the UK App store, like Monopoly, Scrabble, etc.?

  • thewiccaman

    Presumably not available in the UK App store, like Monopoly, Scrabble, etc.?

  • bob

    hey wiccaman:

    "SimCity is expected to appear in the App Store this month"

    oh and try search in itunes, you might be surprised lol

  • bob

    hey wiccaman:

    "SimCity is expected to appear in the App Store this month"

    oh and try search in itunes, you might be surprised lol

  • http://lifehappens.co.nr Adam

    i simply cannot wait for this title. I am a huge fan of the old simcity 3000 and havent played it for a while and this will be my chance to relive my past :P

  • http://lifehappens.co.nr Adam

    i simply cannot wait for this title. I am a huge fan of the old simcity 3000 and havent played it for a while and this will be my chance to relive my past :P

  • zenguy

    Release it already. Now. I am getting blue balls in anticipation.

  • zenguy

    Release it already. Now. I am getting blue balls in anticipation.

  • Eric

    i personally would rather had seen the SIMS on iphone than sim city

  • Eric

    i personally would rather had seen the SIMS on iphone than sim city

  • pintos-n-cheese

    Impressive, almost looks like SimCity 4.

    Also still waiting for Final Fantasy, come on Square Enix. Bring it.

  • http://na pintos-n-cheese

    Impressive, almost looks like SimCity 4.

    Also still waiting for Final Fantasy, come on Square Enix. Bring it.

  • http://digitaldrops.com.br Nick Ellis

    @Eric The Sims are also coming to the iPhone.

  • http://digitaldrops.com.br Nick Ellis

    @Eric The Sims are also coming to the iPhone.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    @Nick Ellis: Handmark / Astraware who brought Sims 2 to Pocket PC are onboard with the iPhone.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    @Nick Ellis: Handmark / Astraware who brought Sims 2 to Pocket PC are onboard with the iPhone.

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  • Jesper

    @Blake: looks pretty awful, but then again so did the first sims too

    awesome

    also lol@antispamword: IKEA

  • Jesper

    @Blake: looks pretty awful, but then again so did the first sims too

    awesome

    also lol@antispamword: IKEA

  • David Solberg

    This is one of the games that I will definitely buy. The control scheme looks a little cumbersome, but I really like that it's actually a full game and not just a demo like Spore turned out to be. I'm hoping SimCity and Rolando come out just in time for my Christmas time off.

  • David Solberg

    This is one of the games that I will definitely buy. The control scheme looks a little cumbersome, but I really like that it's actually a full game and not just a demo like Spore turned out to be. I'm hoping SimCity and Rolando come out just in time for my Christmas time off.

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  • http://www.theiphoneappreview.com Shaun

    Looks impressive. Been waiting for a strategy/simulation game like this.

  • http://www.theiphoneappreview.com Shaun

    Looks impressive. Been waiting for a strategy/simulation game like this.

  • rich_952000

    @ Shaun: you can't go wrong here, make sure your firmware is updated. Infinate replay value, cheats, etc..

    This is awesome, fun and intelligent.

  • rich_952000

    @ Shaun: you can't go wrong here, make sure your firmware is updated. Infinate replay value, cheats, etc..

    This is awesome, fun and intelligent.