Motor City

Copyright: © 1995 Max Design
Genre: Simulations

Simulations

Motor City
Review 1:
Motor City gives you a unique opportunity to see how hard it was to
become a car tycoon. You will be in charge of a complete company and you
will have to control just about everything, FROM hiring workers and
engineers to designing cars and opening branches throughout Europe! And
it's fun! The game starts at the beginning of the 20th century and slowly
takes you forward to the modern ages. The first engines and car parts you
will produce are simple and actually funny, but as you progress and
(hopefully) get richer, you will be able to build your own factories,
research buildings and other useful things. Marketing, test driving,
opening offices and beating competition... not for the weak-hearted. The
game also pays attention to historical events and updates country borders
as they change in World Wars! Sadly, this game went through unnoticed and
it is much better than it's rival, Impressions' Detroit.

Review 2:

The last game developed and published by Austrian developer Max Design
before they were bought out by Sunflowers, Motor City (marketed in
Germany as Oldtimer) is an excellent simulation of the car industry that
is sadly not as well known as Impressions' Detroit. Although they both
tackle the same subject matter, Motor City is a much better game due to a
more realistic and versatile economics model that underlies the game. The
idea in Motor City will be familiar to Detroit players: as manager of a
fledgling car company, your job is to expand your business by designing
and selling cars. Similar to Detroit, most of the time you will be
looking at the premises of your company, on which you start with only two
buildings: administration, and warehouse. Motor City includes many more
options and details that Detroit lacks. For example, before you can build
a car you must choose general concepts, e.g. size (small, medium, or
large), whether its roof can be opened, chassis type, and engine type.
All these components cost money, of course. Since building cars take time
to complete (and the time varies depending on how many bells & whistles
you add to it) but you have fixed costs to pay every month, having a
long-term business plan, including astute timing of when to market new
models, is crucial to winning the game. There are numerous statistics you
can access at any time to see how you faring in the industry, from
overall financial position to track record and trends. Overall, I am very
impressed with Motor City's depth and variety of options. Detroit is a
lot of fun, but it often feels as if it could have been about any other
industry had Impressions substitute cars with other products. Motor City,
on the other hand, contains many industry-specific details that aren't
common to other industries. The bottom line is, if you want a more
sophisticated business simulation than Detroit, Motor City is a
must-have. It may not be as accessible as Detroit, but its economic model
is hard to beat (and quite educational as you put more time into studying
how the market works).

Review 3:

This is one of my personal favourites! The game idea is a bit like
Detroit, but this one is way more complicated and way more advanced than
the game Detroit. You own a company, a car factory. Your goal is to build
cars that everyone wants so you can make lots of money out it. What you
first have is an almost empty lot, with an administration building and a
warehouse. A train track is leading straight through the middle. Build
things like a research department, a factory or a storage place. You
climb your way up from the most simple 1-cilinder 5 HP cars to the most
luxury limousines. Become the greatest car factory in the world. What
makes this game different from Detroit? Well, that's not a hard question.
This game is in many ways different from Detroit, because this game is
much more detailed. Detroit is not as realistic as this game. In this
game you're in total control of everything. In Detroit everything is just
a bit too much based on faith if you ask me! But ok, I recommend this
game over Detroit, but if you like this game, you might want to try
Detroit too.
 

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