SimCity Buildit is now free on ios and Android devices.
It has come a long way since SimCity 2000 in the 1990s and still involves students working with Urban Planning issues through working spatially at different GIS layer levels. It would be an ideal three-lesson sequence for Year 7 Place and Liveability or perhaps 5 lessons of Year 10 Geographies of Human Wellbeing.
Students could use the simulation and at the conclusion show their city to their class mates and report on how accurate or unrealistic the simulation is to reality.
WELCOME MAYOR! We’re glad to have you on board. Your first order of business – create your own gorgeous, unique city that has citizens vying to move in. But remember, the larger your city gets, the more needs your citizens have.