Aspyr ships SimCity 4 for Macintosh

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Mac game publisher Aspyr Media Inc. announced Friday that it's shipping its Mac conversion of the popular game SimCity 4.

SimCity 4 lets users build their own simulated city. The game features new simulation and graphics technology that lets players experience "regional" game play for the first time, where they can build not just a single city but an entire metropolitan area. The game also features topographical mapping that lets you create mountains and valleys, as well as seed forests and chart the course of rivers.

Players of SimCity 4 can also track the individual progress of the citizens of their sim-metropolis, the Sims themselves. Observing the Sims' behavior can help players make decisions about how to evolve their city: Are better transportation or services required? Do citizens need more recreation, or better job opportunities?

SimCity 4 was developed by Maxis and published for the PC by frequent Aspyr collaborator Electronic Arts. The Macintosh version was developed by i5Works, with whom Aspyr Media worked to bring Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon to the Macintosh last year.

The game is rated E for everyone by the ESRB. It'll be available shortly from retailers or directly from Aspyr itself and it carries a suggested retail price of US$49.95.

This story, "Aspyr ships SimCity 4 for Macintosh" was originally published by PCWorld.

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