SimEarth

a.k.a. Sim Earth - The Living Planet

published by Imagineer / FCI in 1991-12-29, developed by Tomcat System, running on Super Nintendo
type: strategy, manag./econ.
genre: Biological simulation, Life simulation
perspective: bird's-eye push-scroll
player options: single player
languages: eng
3.6/5

Description

A conversion (port?) of the computer game. Nearly all original features are intact. Guide the development of a planet and the lifeforms of it from primordial beginnings to the development and exodus of multiple intelligent species. In addition to sandbox like 'random world', all the scenarios from the computer version are present. Random World, Civilization, Industrialized Civilization, Space Exodus, Mars, Venus, Ice World, Dinosaur Civilization, Daisyworld (Gaia Hypothesis), and New Earth. The New Earth scenarios takes a slightly different turn than other versions however. In this version, you must first eliminate a robot civilizational. The language is really dumbed down so that it actually no longer makes any sense the way it is applied to the elements of the game. For instance, calling the Mollusk lifeforms "Octopus". Well at least they didn't rename Insects to "Bee". But because of this, the bit of educational value associated with other versions is not just rendered null, its full of false information.

A large number of reviews claim there is no 'game' in this game. They are referring to the game's various open-ended modes play. These reviews ignore the scenarios mode with three levels of difficulty. Each mode has win conditions and loss conditions. The SNES scenarios are the same conditions yet more difficult to complete than the computer versions to.

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It is censored. Surprisingly, much of the language that suggested a belief in evolution has been removed from this version. Despite the game's premise depending on many aspects of the theory. For instance new lifeforms do not "evolve" in this game, rather they are "born".
( ) - # 2009-05-06 01:15:20

Technical specs

display: raster

Authors / Staff

Will Wright

External review - average: 87%

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Joypad 1-72fr201993-0587/10087%

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