Lincity is a free construction and management simulation game, which puts the player in control of managing every aspect of a city's socio-economy. Its name is a play on the title of the original city-building game, SimCity.
The player can develop a city by buying appropriate buildings, services and infrastructure.
The simulation considers:
Various indicators are provided, with mini maps or statistics. The player has to take care of population growth and various socio-economical balances.
The original version of the game was titled LinCity. This version can be played on older computers, without a 3D graphics card, low memory and a slow processor. It features complex, 2D, top-down gameplay. It was last updated in August 2004, though any changes since 1999 have been minor.
Lincity was originally designed for Linux, but also runs on Microsoft Windows, BeOS, and OS/2, as well as a huge variety of Unix-styled systems. Mac OS X, however, is only supported when compiled from source using GCC and run using X11.app. It uses SVGALib or X11 as its graphics interface API on Unix systems, with a variety of native versions on non-Unix platforms.
However, the gameplay is identical (up to release 1.1.2) and it can read classic Lincity save files.
It is released under the GNU General Public License with artwork dual licensed under that and the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 license; the included DejaVu fonts are distributed under their own liberal licensing terms.