Players assume the position as mayor to create zones, build roads, and generally tend to the populace. You might think such an uncomplicated formula would be hard to screw up, but wait until you try it with motion controls. Placing roads is hopelessly broken, especially since the tiles don’t snap to a grid. Sure, it lets you make curved roads (who cares?!), but at the expense of turning your little town into an ugly and asymmetrical aberration.
The rest of the game is equally uncooperative. With a terrible menu system and finicky camera controls, the game makes practically no effort to draw you in. If it controlled well, it might feel like a nostalgic homage to the old days…but it doesn’t. The inclusion of features like hero buildings and various advisors can’t reclaim any lost ground when the core gameplay is so cluttered and cumbersome. It’s just pathetic…and that’s coming from someone who enjoyed SimCity Societies!
Please, please don’t let this game fall to bad reviews. I was hoping for a decent SimCity game for a long time, and it seemed to me SimCity Creator would bring the game back. Game Informer snaps the game with a big fat 5 out of 10.