So, uh, the ABS put together this slick little city builder, called Run That Town, released it on the App Store — free — and made very little noise about it. Well, noise we didn’t hear, anyway. But it deserves more attention, if only because it looks as polished, if not more so, than most top mobile games.
Did I mention it’s narrated by Shaun Micallef? It’s narrated by Shaun Micallef.
What makes Run This Town unique is that you can punch in your own post code and play virtual urban planner using actual Census data. Heck, you could type in a post code for anywhere, just to satisfy your curiosity.
And it’s not just a glorified way to view statistics; here a some of the features from the app description:
- Choose from hundreds of projects for your town — from the practical to the preposterous
- Consult the locals to make popular decisions
- Read about your exploits in the infamous local paper
It currently has 24 ratings on the Australian App Store, but it’s got a perfect five stars, which bodes well. I’d love to tell you more about it, but having only discovered it myself a few hours ago, I’m just as flabbergasted as you. What I can say is that, from my brief dabbling so far, I’m totally blown away by the quality.