SimCity is out on Mac today, shares Region play with Windows


Hello Windows gamers! If you’ve got a copy of SimCity, you now also own it on Mac. You’re welcome.

Hello Mac gamers! I’m here to tell you about a game called SimCity. It’s Maxis’ first new sequel to the venerable city-building series since 2004, and it’s available to download via Origin’s Mac client today. I know! You’ve every right to be excited. Have fun!

Oh, couple of things, though: you might not want to play it for too long. That way you’re less likely to suffer the wailing trees, or the poo outbreaks, or the slow, creeping realisation that many of your decisions don’t appear to be having any measurable impact on the wellbeing of your town.

Oh: and don’t ever, ever express pleasant surprise at the overall functionality of SimCity’s online features in the presence of a PC gamer. Don’t ask.

“Whether you owned a Macintosh or a DOS PC, we all have memories of laying down zones and reticulating splines from our youth,” sighed Maxis master and commander Lucy Bradshaw back in February. “To the millions of SimCity fans out there, we’ve been listening and can proudly say that your calls have been answered. SimCity has a long legacy on the Mac and the team at Maxis is ensuring that it will be the deepest, richest and most accessible SimCity game yet.”

I wouldn’t like to comment on how that last bit turned out, but cross-platform Regions are an indisputably lovely thing, aren’t they? Ebony and ivory PCs, living together in perfect harmony, on the same servers. Leaderboards are shared too, ensuring that you’ve absolutely no chance of scoring high in the Top Ten Hippest Mayors Ever.

If you’re part of the Mac contingent, will you let us know how it runs? Ta.