Friday Free App Rundown March 22nd – City Building Games

Friday Free App Rundown March 22nd – City Building Games

Mar 22, 2013

City building games are a good style to play when there is a lot of time to kill. Because they take a while to accumulate money, resources and other things the game cannot be played all in one sitting usually. Some of these games will run in the background and give notification when something is ready and needs to be done. This can be a distraction to some and helpful for other people. Let us know if there are other games like this we missed.

Megapolis

Like many city building games, Megapolis starts off with a small city. As the city infrastructure grows, more things need to be managed. Everything from the finances to designing new areas, airports and sea ports and more. Not only is there a need to make the city great, the neighboring cities play a role in the game too. Trading resources for theirs and teaming up with them will make things happen a little faster. Take the time and build it right or there might be some issues later on.

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Virtual City Playground

G5 ENTERTAINMENT makes some pretty fun games. Virtual City Playground is similar to others on the list because the city will start small and as it grows, so do the parts of the city that need to be managed. One thing that’s different with Virtual City Playground is there is an option to stage public events to keep the citizens happy. Happy people usually mean more growth and less crime. Keep that in mind Mr. Mayor.

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Airport City

Airport City is the same premise as the others on the list but involves making an airport from scratch. A lot of the same things apply when making an airport vs. building a city. Making sure everthing is built in a logical place as well as keeping things running smoothly. As the airport grows, more planes can be out in the air which means the airport is making more money (exotic rewards for different flights). There is money to be made at the commercial buildings like eateries. This means there is more chances to build a bigger and a better airport.

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City Island

Sometimes there is limited space but it makes sense to have a city there. In this case, this limited space is an island. Building a city on an island poses some unique design challenges. Mainly what to do when all of the space is used. Well, the answer is to build up of course. With over 85 different building types, there is sure to be a great combination to make the people happy and things moving smoothly.

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Building Tower

Okay, Building Tower is nothing like the rest of the other games on the list. Here the goal is to make a tall building. The block are dangled by a rope from a crane. Because of the wind there is a sway to the rope. The hard part is releasing the block at the right time and having the blocks line up as straight as possible so the tower doesn’t fall over as it gets taller. Easier said than done.

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The Sims FreePlay Review

The Sims FreePlay Review

Mar 6, 2012

I remember the first time I played The Sims, back in the early 2000’s. I’d kind of missed the big wave of obsession over it, but decided to try it out anyway. I enjoyed it a fair bit, but managed not to get addicted (though I could completely understand how it would be easy for others to do so). I was less interested in building homes for my Sims than I was in playing puppet-master with them. I enjoyed creating their relationships and frustrating them sometimes. So when I saw that EA Games had developed a mobile version of The Sims I found nostalgia compelling me to try it out. And imagine this – it’s free!

The Sims FreePlay truly is free to download, and ad-free as well. That doesn’t mean users won’t necessarily end up spending some money on it, but I’ll get to that. The Sims FreePlay sets users up immediately with a Sim and its house. For those who aren’t familiar with the original game, Sims are people avatars that can be customized. This includes all of the details of their physical appearance, and there is a set of personalities. Once created, the Sim moves into its house, which is then customized as well. The Sims Freeplay is a bit different from the original in that Sims can also develop careers and have pets.

Sims are a little bit like Tamagotchis in that they have needs and wants which must be monitored and cared for. This includes their happiness, hunger, sleep, hygiene and, uh, need to use the bathroom. To motivate users to continue playing the game presents challenges to complete, such as building a garden for the Sim, or having it make a friend. Completing challenges earns XP which earns levels which unlock items to purchase. The Sims Freeplay has in-game money as well as “LP” that can be spent on items or activities. To keep Sims happy they have to do things like bathe, sleep, and listen to music. All of these activities take time, real-world time to complete. Luckily they will continue in the background when the program is closed, or else LP can be spent to speed them up. If users run out of earned LP then they can of course spend a few real-world dollars to gain more.

It’s a fun game, if you enjoy digital pets. Sims can be friends or even romantically involved with one another. It’s vicarious living at the extreme, and I think that’s why it’s so captivating. When Sims are sad they generate a lot of sympathy so the drive to keep them healthy and happy will keep people playing on and on.

It should be mentioned that it is a huge game which required me to clear out a significant portion of memory just for it to install. It was worth it for the graphics, but a bit of a hassle if users are not expecting it or don’t have a large enough memory card. It is completely worth it for the graphics which are insanely crisp. The only problem is that they are on a small screen which causes some details to be lost. There is a limit to how far users can zoom in on the game, and so mistakes can be made. For example I accidentally placed my Sim’s fridge door up against the wall, making it impossible to open. Hopefully I can solve the problem before my Sim dies of hunger.