A few weeks ago, I tried to make a Sim City style game in an hour (for the onehourgamejam). I didn’t finish in time, and I spent several extra hours before accepting it would have to become a larger project. Since then I have been tinkering with it on and off, and I think I’m done now?
Note that this was never supposed to be a fully-featured Sim City clone - just a minimal thing with minimal features made in an hour or two.
In the game you take control of “Junction City”, which is currently just a petrol station in the junction of two highways.
You can create jobs by building industry.
Jobs will attract people, but they also need houses to live in.
Finally, you can build shops to earn more money.
The goal is to make the largest city in terms of population. It is possible to breach 100k people, but it might not be straight-forward.
Pico-8 controls are by default arrow keys and Z/C/N for button 1, and X/V/M for button 2.