It is really fun. For the first couple hours or so. Then you start to find all of the problems. I paid retail for it. I regret it. I have not played the game since the second day after I bought it. Even outside the bugs, it just feels a little dull.
I got Tropico 4 well before I got this game. If you're looking for a city builder, I would try it.
"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." - Ray Bradbury
It's a fun game as many have said, for a few hours, then you fill in an entire city and have to start over. Loses interest very quickly. I'd look into a different game, this one just ain't worth it in my opinion.
I've put nearly 60 mostly enjoyable hours into it, and I expect I'll put in a bit more and then likely be done with it unless some update pulls me back in. As far as I'm concerned, that's a respectable amount of play.
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