Feb 3, 2015
City Island 3 plays somewhat like a simpler version of SimCity. The player begins with a empty island and must construct a city from the ground up. Houses are placed for your citizens to live in and just like SimCity it is best to construct ones that hold more people to make maximum use of space.
Businesses can be placed as well and these are the ones that generate money for the player, using a familiar timer based system. Businesses must be staffed with employees and thus you need to balance the amount of houses and businesses so there is always enough staff to crew your profitable businesses.
City Island 3 isnâ€™t anywhere near as complex as SimCity though. Besides the business and citizens ratio there is no tax rate, special buildings or the like and gameplay basically boils down to placing whole lot of buildings and grabbing cash when it is ready. There are different kinds of terrain and some buildings can only be constructed at certain locations like lava or the beach so unlocking new islands in the game is required to build everything. It is a bit of fun building different looking cities. It is still the same gameplay no matter where you are though. It takes a very long time to unlock islands and purchase all the land plots as well.
City Island 3 is far more generous than most freemium city builders. Players can construct or upgrade 5 buildings at once, much more than most games allow. The game also has fairly short timers and money comes in fairly fast. New buildings are also unlocked pretty quickly. It does have a premium currency, in this case gold bars. After building a few of the better buildings and business, building more requires small amounts of bars to construct rather than cash. They are also used to speed up timers.
City Island 3 has a few full screen ads. The game itself lampshades this with a popup notifying you that the purchase of any in app purchase will remove all ads and that they are required due to the expense of developing the game. There aren’t too many ads, but when they do show up there is no warning and they are full screen. These interruptions are irritating.
City Island 3 looks good. The game is very colorful and there are vibrant beaches, green grass and each building looks very different to each other. It is still rather hard to construct a varied city though as there are only a few house designs. The sound could be much better though as there are previous few sound effects and no city ambiance or sound effects to speak of.
City Island 3 is a long way ahead of most other city builders on Android. While it is a bit simple, its generous freemium features and large amount of content make it an enjoyable game for fans of city building. More hardcore players will be better off with SimCity however.