Awesome City Builder, Made By The Oz Bureau Of Statistics, Is Narrated By Shaun Micallef

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.

Run That Town [App Store]


    That trailer isn't Shaun Micallef, and I don't have iOS any more so I am sad I don't get to hear him be all SimCity :(

    This looks interesting, currently downloading it right now.

    Waiting for the Android version. I was sold as soon as I saw "narrated by Shaun Micallef"!

    "Narrated By Shaun Micallef"... downloading right now!

      I would probably pay to hear Shaun Micallef narrate the phone book if he was allowed to ad-lib commentary.

    how is it you ios ppls? is it universal? will it run on an ipad 3?

      Info page says yes, it'll run on everything from 3GS onwards that's capable of running iOS 4.3. It's free anyway, so you've got nothing to lose by trying it. I committed to a download as soon as i read "Shaun Micallef".

    Wait... that means someone in the government is being paid to design games? Oh man, I'm in the wrong department! :(

    I need an Android version of this as soon as humanly possible.

    I want to turn the entire city of Sydney into a bicycle only zone.

      This. Both of this.

    Don't fret, it was ABS in conjunction with Millipede and Leo Burnett, they did the gamey stuff. :)

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