There's something not quite right with SimCity Societies. It's a highly casual take on the city-building genre, which isn't bad in and of itself, but it comes across like a politician's campaign speech: rambling on and on, but with no real depth or point. There are a lot of buildings and a lot of decorations, so if you just want to plunk down buildings and make a pretty city, go for it. If you wanted an intricate system of checks and balances to hold it together, or economic depth, or something that would give you any sense of challenge, you won't find it here.
The Destinations expansion pack for SimCity Societies does more than you could have expected: It makes a decent game a good one. This is no mean feat, especially when you consider that the gameplay hasn't seen a drastic overhaul. Yet the additions and the changes make significant enhancements, and in turn, Destinations accomplishes something that the initial release couldn't: It draws you in. If you didn't like the original Societies, this add-on may very well change your mind.