Update 18 Oct 2020: The online SimCity game on the official EA Games has been taken down. Instead, you can play the free-to-play mobile version called SimCity BuildIt, available on Google Play, Apple Store and Amazon. Old blog post follows.
I couldn’t believe it at first, but it’s true! Yeah, I know it’s an old game, but it’s still a simulation game, and I love simulation games! Anyhoo, I was on the lookout for more free downloadable games by Bullfrog when I stumbled onto Electronic Arts’ SimCity web site, and apparently they are letting us play the online version of SimCity Classic for free (link removed, page no longer exist) (they call it SimCity Live). The site was nice enough to include a quick start guide (link removed, page no longer exist) and in-depth instructions (link removed, page no longer exist) on how to play the game, just in case your SimCity skills are rusty.
Like any other good web sites, you will have to register first and get your e-mail account verified before you can access the game. The registration was quick and easy, and I didn’t have to give out personal information other than my full name and my e-mail address. The game itself was fast to load (at least on my computer), and a cool feature is that you can save your game! Another interesting thing is that there is a section within the SimCity site, called Waterski Challenge, which you can also play through your browser. I’ll be trying that one out later.
One bummer though, you can only use Internet Explorer to play it, so for us Mozilla-based browser lovers like Netscape Navigator and Firefox, we’ll have to give in to IE if you so desperately need to play this game.