Designed as a complete remake of the SimCity series, SimCity Societies adds a social dynamic to the traditional city management. Each new home, workplace, or park can affect a city's culture and environment. As mayor, players must carefully balance six competing needs when planning their city: creativity, authority, prosperity, spirituality, knowledge, and productivity. Over 500 objects are available to place within city limits, and players can choose between several architectural styles. Creative types are able to design their own textures as well as modify Sim behaviors and statistics. Owners can also share their cities and modifications with friends via Internet.