SimCity 4 returns to the Mac, and it is glorious

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I know this because I saw it in action at or around Macworld / iWorld 2014. The fine folks at Aspyr gave us a demo, and you won’t believe how cool it is to watch your city bustle on a 27″ iMac at native resolution.

SimCity 4

The screenshot doesn’t do it justice. Animated, and complete with lighting effects, it’s almost mesmerizing. You can play it on smaller computers, too, of course, but if you’ve been unable to justify the jump to the 27″ screen, you now can.

Aspyr would have me actually tell you about the game instead of just staring at it all day, so here you go. SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition—available as a digital download for the first time—has been updated to support OS X v10.8.5 Mountain Lion and above, and includes bug fixes, performance enhancements, and other updates such as native resolution support. Obviously, you’re going to need that if you want it to look good on a 27″ monitor. 

Of course, just because you have a 27″ iMac doesn’t mean you can run the game at its native resolution. As such, SimCity 4 will detect your hardware and select from the four top resolution settings. And it’s not my place to imply that Mac gamers have it better than PC gamers, but their version still comes with locked resolution. Just sayin…

In addition:

SimCity™ 4: Deluxe Edition includes the best-selling SimCity™ 4 and SimCity™ 4: Rush Hour Expansion Pack and tasks players with building out a city or region of cities while trying to meet the needs and demands of the cities’ residents. Game features include:

  • Full control over the environment and the ability to unleash natural disasters to create (and destroy) a world all your own.

  • Ability to deploy emergency vehicles and join in the action as they battle blazes, mobs, and more.

  • New transportation options, including monorail and ferry system.

  • Interconnectivity with The Sims, allowing players to import their sims into their city.

  • And more!

The game will allow you to build up to about 400,000 to 500,000 people. And how’s this for cool. If you’ve got a Sims game all the way back to the original, your characters can be imported into SimCity 4. In addition, the game’s background music can be piped in from iTunes. Better go download “New York Groove.”

SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition is available now exclusively through Apple’s Mac App Store for a mere $19.99. Per pixel, that’s a steal! Steam support will come in the following weeks, along with other Mac-friendly digital outlets.

SimCity 4 Deluxe

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