Maxis has provided details on SimCity’s sandbox mode, a “gentler version” for players out there wishing to build and build without all the stifling constraints of “money” and “waiting”. Sims gameplay designer Guillaume Pierre described the effects of switching on the game’s “sandbox mode” in a blog post made earlier today.
“Each city starts with a truck-load of Simoleons with the possibility to add more through a key press, and although the simulation functions just like in the regular game, certain ‘pushback’ systems can be toggled on and off at any time,” Pierre explains. “Say you don’t want fires to burn down your beautifully planned suburb? It’s as easy as hitting Alt-F on your keyboard to eliminate all fires. Don’t want earthquakes or meteors to strike in the middle of your downtown? Just press Alt-D, and you’ll be safe from all disasters!”
Pierre also warned entering sandbox mode disqualifies you from achievements, leaderboard rankings, or affecting shared resource pricing on the global marketplace, but co-op region play stays available. This is fair trade-off though, as you’ll probably just be turning on sandbox mode to play around and have fun, not go achievement hunting.
It appears sandbox mode is an ideal option for testing out strategies, creative experimentation, or easing new players into SimCity’s mechanics. So it’s really a good gaming tool for those wanting to go MLG pro with SimCity.