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Maximum Linux: SimCity 3000 Unlimited for Linux [Review]

Nov 29, 2000, 20:21 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

[ Thanks to Jason Perlow for this link. ]

"If you've never played some variant of SimCity on any kind of computer, then you're probably not a gamer. The classic version was the epitome of software toys-the kind of game that you keep playing and playing and playing, over and over again, finding it virtually impossible to pull yourself away. Thanks to the boys and girls at Loki Games, Linux fans now have a chance to play the latest variant, SimCity 3000 Unlimited."

"For those of you living under a rock the last decade, the premise of SimCity 3000 Unlimited is remarkably simple-build a city, get people to come live in it, get them to buy stuff, make places for them to work and play, and then tax them to death. Sounds easy to you? Tell that to New York Mayor Rudolph Giulliani-he d probably laugh in your face...."

"Like all of Loki's ports, the Linux version of SimCity 3000 Unlimited is a perfect port of the Windows version. Unfortunately, Loki did such a good job doing the port that it shares all the weaknesses of the Windows version, namely that it's not a particularly responsive game. We installed all 600 megabytes of the game on a fairly powerful PC-an 800MHz Athlon with 512MB of RAM, a 64MB nVidia GeForce 2 with XFree86 3.3.6-and found the game play extremely slow. So slow, in fact, that we thought someone had replaced our bleeding-edge PC with a 286-based machine."

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