The AppDope NewReleases section threw up a big name this morning, as SimCity Deluxe reached the App Store.  It’s not cheap at $6.99, but then that’s to be expected with EA, or any game with such a background and fan base.

The first thing you will notice is that there is no support for retina display, which will raise a few eyebrows.  I for one would have thought that this kind of game would really benefit from hires graphics, not to mention it would be a massive selling point.  So the fact that didn’t happen is a bit of sad indictment of EA and the time they are willing to put into the game.   So considering that, and their reputation, don’t hold your breath for updates.

All that aside, if the app is more stable than the original it will no doubt be a good play, but more because of the historical effort that’s gone into the concept, rather than the implementation on the iPhone.

The iTunes description goes like this…

Build and manage your dream city with an updated SimCity™ experience for iPhone® & iPod touch®. Designed for dedicated and casual fans, let your inner urban planner run wild with easier controls, optimized performance, improved visuals, starter cities, and exciting new scenarios.

FACE NEW CHALLENGING SCENARIOS
Take on up to 7 multifaceted scenarios, from staging a glorious “World Games” to coping with a scorching heat wave. See if you have what it takes to be a successful mayor.

MEET DEVASTATING DISASTERS
Guide your city through seasonal catastrophes during Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Even fend off the Armageddon of a random meteor strike.

GET STARTED IN 7 BUSTLING CITIES
Choose cities inspired by world famous locations and remake them to your liking.

MODIFY TERRAIN WITH TOUCH CONTROL
Finger-paint water, land, and trees. Get more power and control over the look of your city’s landscape.

INSTANTLY SEE HOW YOUR CITY IS SHAPING UP
Enjoy vastly improved zooming capability and watch the image of your city be smoothly displayed when you scroll. SimCity™ Deluxe features more responsive performance than ever before.