News comes in the form of several pre-written newspaper articles with variable names that could either be called up immediately or could be subscribed to on a yearly basis.The newspaper option provided many humorous stories as well as relevant ones, such as new technology, warnings about aging power plants, recent disasters and opinion polls (highlighting city problems).It enabled players to modify the images used in-game to represent various buildings in much the same manner as general image manipulation software.The player was able to create basic bitmap files of a standard size with a standard 256 color palette.Players can build highways, roads, bus depots, railway tracks, subways, train depots and zone land for seaports and airports.
A number of pre-altered graphics packages were distributed, including some which replaced the reward buildings with images of various well known international buildings, such as the Eiffel Tower, but most buildings were made by fan-artists and shared on the Internet.
This reduces the city's population to those who are not living in the Launch Arcologies, but it also opens wide areas for redevelopment and returns their construction cost to the city treasury.
This is related to the event in Sim Earth where all cities are moved into rocket-propelled domes that then leave to "found new worlds" (leaving no sentient life behind).
Most types of power plants have a limited life span and must be rebuilt periodically.
Players can build highways to neighboring cities to increase trade and the population.