8. SimCity 2000
Released on Amiga, DOS and Microsoft Windows in 1994, SimCity 2000 was the second instalment in the series, and was later ported to SEGA Saturn, PlayStation and Nintendo 64. In the game, players create their own cities, customising everything from the hospitals to the prisons, and from roads, subways and highways to sewage and water systems.
The game also introduced several playable scenarios, in which players are tasked with salvaging a demolished city from the brink of destruction. Interestingly, these scenarios were based on actual disasters, such as the 1970s recession in Flint, Michigan, the Oakland firestorm of 1991, and 1980’s Hurricane Hugo in Charleston, South Carolina.
An expansion pack released in 1994 introduced several new scenarios, including those based on fictional occurrences, such as a UFO attack and a random nuclear meltdown.
Without a doubt, SimCity 2000 has weathered the storm, and survived the test of time. In fact, to this day, the game is one of the best examples of the genre, and hasn’t really been surpassed in terms of overall quality. There are plenty of larger games with hundreds of additional features, but none are as compelling, or as fun as SimCity 2000.