SimCity 4 Deluxe Lands On Mac, And It Looks Stunning

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Fancy building your own glittering high-tech utopia, or a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis?

Either way, gamers will be happy to know that SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition today became available for download, exclusively in the Mac App Store. Combining both SimCity 4 and the Rush Hour expansion pack — which adds bonus disasters like UFO attacks and Autosaurus Wrecks — the game is a steal at $19.99.

SimCity 4 has a variety of entertainments you can add to your cities... before leveling them with natural disasters, of course.

SimCity 4 has a variety of entertainments you can add to your cities… before leveling them with natural disasters, of course.

SimCity fans will likely be familiar with the disaster that was the latest SimCity’s launch last year. Nothing short of total embarrassment for EA, server problems made the game unplayable for people who purchased it upon its arrival on PC. When it arrived on Mac, the problems seemed to get even worse — and none of EA’s promises to fix things seemed to make any difference.

Fortunately, that’s a separate game entirely to SimCity 4, which first graced computers back in 2003. While it’s more than a decade old, however, it’s an absolute classic — and looks particularly stunning when played on a 27-inch iMac. With the most massive cities of any SimCity game ever, SimCity 4 will wash the franchise’s bad taste out of your mouth, and remind you of why you fell in love with it to begin with.

The amount of detail on the buildings makes SimCity 4 a whole lot of fun.

The amount of detail on the buildings makes SimCity 4 a whole lot of fun.

I’ve always been a massive fan of this series, so I can’t wait to get back to playing it. With any luck, I should have a review up within the next few days.

Either that or you’ll never hear from me again.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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