How old was I when this was released? Like 14 maybe. I thought I was over 18. Maybe I got it years later but I don't think so.
But yeah, because computers were so slow back then, the game took longer to play. It's just that easy. So now, playing on a modern computer where you can speed up the game during boring periods, you see what the game really is: a pointless grind.
Through normal play, you can't possibly make enough money to keep up with the new inventions. I simply wanted to build highways. One highway. So by the time 1945 or whatever came around and highways are unlocked you're only making like $500/year. At least I am. So that means you can place five highway tiles per year at the expense of everything else. So no more expanding your city. You're just building a highway little by little. I wanted it to span the map. At the rate I was going, it would have taken 30 years.
That's 30 years with no city growth. It would have been 1975 before we had the highway built. Then there's the whole hassle of building on-ramps. And the highway doesn't build right if you're on different elevations. It's just a huge pain in the ass.
But in 30 years, you get a highway. Then you go back to developing your tiny city which is 30 years behind. All of your neighbours have way larger populations. It's just stupid.
So yeah, you can't build highways. I never even attempted trains. Or subways. Maybe I should. Although, again, it's probably a huge money pit.
I could also take out bonds to pay for all of this shit. Maybe that's how you're supposed to play.
I just think it's a bit dumb to have roads with one lane in each direction all over your city.
So anyway, the game isn't good. But it's apparently the best game in the series.
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