Publisher and ‘developer’ EA released a new SimCity to the world. The launch went very smooth, and many enjoy the new game through the always online origin What city-simulations are available to install and play on Linux?
Made a little summary of the simulations in no particular order:
1LinCity-NG is a city simulation game. It is a polished and improved version of the classic LinCity game. In the game, you are required to build and maintain a city. You can win the game either by building a sustainable economy or by evacuating all citizens with spaceships. The game is free and opensource.
LinCity got decent graphics and pretty extensive features. The city and building are expanding on a natural flow. Do believe this is one of the best simcity-like games on Linux.
- big community
- install trouble
2MOBILITY is a traffic-simulation game which requires you to construct a city in a virtual world, bring it to life and control the associated traffic volume. Both your own mobility and that of your city’s inhabitants are the central issues you will need to address.
The city simulation, Mobility, is developed as commercial product. The game is available as shareware – however i was unable to save my progress. Which makes the game pretty useless to me. Was unable to find a ‘save-game-hack’ to bring back the feature.
- unable to save(?)
3OpenCity is a full 3D city simulator game project. Contrary to popular on-line games such as roulette and flash games, you have to download it to your computer before playing. OpenCity is written in standard C++ with OpenGL and SDL from scratch.
It is not intended to be a clone of any famous city simulator from Maxis. However does have strong similarities with simcity, it doesn’t bring the same gameplay and feel to the game.
- open source
- felt incomplete
4SimCity 3000 (SC3K) is a city building simulation personal computer game released in 1999, and the third major installment in the SimCity series. It was published by Electronic Arts (EA) and developed by series creator Maxis, a wholly owned subsidiary of EA. It was released for Windows, Macintosh, and, through an arrangement with Loki Games, Linux.
- the original simcity
- easy install
5Simutrans is a cross-platform simulation game in which the player strives to run a successful transport system by constructing and managing transportion systems for passengers, mail and goods by rail, road, tram, monorail, ship and air between places.
The main goal of Simutrans is to provide an efficient transport system for passengers, mail and goods to be transported to their desired destinations fast and with minimal transfers and at the same time making the company grow avoiding bankruptcy.
Although Simutrans isn’t a real simcity, the focus is on transport and industries instead of expanding and growing one city, simutrans gives you an entire region to control! The graphic (tiles) which are used, can be changed using the in-game addon tool. You can choose between german, japan, retro, cartoon and many more..
- highres tiles
- active community
- slow zoomed out
- no a real city sim
6OpenTTD is an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game “Transport Tycoon Deluxe”, written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.
Like Simutrans, OpenTTD is focused on transport and expanding factory productions. OpenTTD brings many features which aren’t in the original game.
- open source
- highly active
- great features
- less simcity, more transport
- small ui items