I fully accept that this could be just me, but I can't help but notice that I have never become addicted to any 3D tycoon or city-building games but I have become addicted to many older 2D tycoon games.
Here are a few examples out of many. I played 1701 A.D. and, though it was fine, I didn't really get into it. Yet I just found my decade old copy of Zeus: Master of Olympus, and it's hard for me to tear myself away from that game. Or consider Roller Coaster Tycoon. Every time I play the first or second, I end up getting at least temporarily addicted to the gameplay. But I have never felt that feeling for the third.
I don't have anything against 3D graphics. It's just that somehow the 3D tycoon games aren't working for me. I can't figure out why.
So my question is two-fold:
- (1) Am I really alone in this feeling or do others feel the same way? Do the majority feel this way?
- (2) What could be the reasons for this? Are there legitimate advantages to developing 2D tycoon games over 3D ones? Could it be as simple as 2D development allows more time to be placed on fine-tuning gameplay or is there something deeper here?
For the record, I do not think this is the result of nostalgia. For instance, although I bought Zeus when it came out, I never played it for some reason until recently. It is for me a new game.