SimCity 2000 is a city-building simulation
Age and difficulty: This is a game for all ages, and there is no violence (unless you count natural disasters destroying your city, which can be turned off). Children ages 8 and below will probably need considerable guidance to learn how to play it, and will find it very challenging to create a successful city.
Quick start instructions:
- The starting year you choose in the beginning determines the technologies available when you start. For example, Nuclear Power only becomes available in 1955.
- The first step is to create a power plant. The icons in the top left are the construction options. Click and hold the electricity icon (i.e. without releasing the mouse button), until you see a dropdown menu with the power plant option which you need to click. You can similarly click and hold other icons to get more options.
- Roads are what you need next, but don’t build too many as they create traffic and cause pollution. The (maximum) recommended distance between roads is 6 tiles – people will only walk max 3 tiles from a road. Place them efficiently to maximize the growth of your city and minimize traffic and pollutions. (Rails not recommended at least early game).
- Next, build a mix of Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Zones. As mentioned above, they should not be more than 3 tiles from a road. How many of each? The right balance can be found by looking at the mini bar chart below the building icons, with the letters R (Residential), C (Commercial) and I (Industrial). There are three bars, one for each. If the bar is above the letter, it means you need to build more of these; if below the letter, it means you have plenty.