Categories: Management
Meta Score: 76
Store: City Life (Price: Is Free)
User Score: 67.0
Platform: PC
Publisher Names: cdv Software
Support Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish – Spain
Publish Date: 2006-06-02


PC Requirements:

Minimum: Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 / ME / XP, 1.5 GHz Processor or the equivalent, 256 MB of RAM, DirectX9.0c compatible 64 MB 3D graphic card (GeForce 4Ti or Radeon 8000), Sound card compatible with DirectX® 9, 2 GB free hard disk space, DirectX 9.0c or a higher version

Recommended: Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 / ME / XP, 2.5 GHz Processor or the equivalent, 512 MB of RAM, DirectX9.0c compatible 128 MB RAM 3D graphic card (GeForce FX 6600 or Radeon 9500), Sound card compatible DirectX® 9, 2,5 GB free space, DirectX 9.0c or a higher version


City Life takes the city building genre into the 21st century with a powerful 3D engine and a variety of gameplay features. In the game, players take on the role of urban planner and real estate developer, creating a metropolitan paradise from dozens of beautifully rendered structures – including elaborately crafted villas and ultra-modern skyscrapers. City Life comprises the full city building experience, requiring players to take into account the need for municipal services, education, entertainment and a complete infrastructure system while maintaining harmony between the game’s six distinct social classes. The graphics engine allows players to walk the streets of their cities, or zoom out to multiple levels for a better view of the overall action. A custom map editor will allow players to expand upon the 22 maps included with the game. [CDV Software]

Positive Comment(s)

Much more than a clone of “SimCity”, City Life is a deep, realistic urban planning simulation that is both challenging and entertaining.85DailyGame
The fact of different groups and their interaction adds another dimension to an already neat idea. Budding Mayors will love it.83IC-Games
It won’t win any awards for innovation (or its horrofic yacht-rock soundtrack), but City Life is still a great, slightly offbeat take on an old-fashioned formula. [Sep 2006, p.58]83PC Gamer
this game is really good. i hope there’s so much time to fond of the great feeling of life. we have so spectacular news about this game. cool huh? just to be thought where cities are built well100CyberLlamaMusic
cool game. makes fun and you can waste a lot of time palying it XD. having more traffic options would be great and a better fire control would avoid losing your whole city in flames.80MrGlas
I love the first person point of view. It does nothing for me as far as making better building choices, but being able to wander around street level and see what all my little people are doing is fun.82GameWatcher
The interface is simple in its design and layered very logically.80IncGamers
City Life is all about creating a provocative and challenging social model, then giving you the tools to play with it and the 3D engine to admire it. [Sept. 2006, p.66]80Computer Games Magazine
While it happens to have an deceptively inconspicuous title, the same cannot be said for the experience it provides.80eToychest
City Life provides a valuable municipal service by being far more accessible while still providing a decent challenge. [June 2006, p.95]79PC Gamer UK

Negative Comment(s)

An enjoyable city-building simulation that lacks SimCity’s depth but emphasises social cohesion.70The Sydney Morning Herald
It does not revolutionize any concepts in the genre but it manages to get the basics down right to make an enjoyable urban planning experience.70Game Over Online
If you really need a life sim fix, I would recommend that other recent CDV game, “Glory of the Roman Empire.”62VGPub
The plea of distinction City Life enters ultimately fails due to tactical elements so facile they might as well not exist. [June 2006, p.120]50games(TM)
Falls a little short of the bar set by the likes of “SimCity 4.” [July 2006, p.80]73PC Zone UK
Not as inventive at Sim City, but this clone brings some new elements to the table, making City Life one worth living.72Digital Entertainment News
A well-executed sim, on the whole, but it lacks genuinely unique features. [June 2006, p.86]70PC Format

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