A fair SimCity BuildIt game review has to start with a brief discussion of what SimCity BuildIt is and what it is not. SimCity BuildIt is a free-to-play game that’s offered to iOS compatible devices (iPhones, iPads, etc.). It is not a traditional game that’s played on personal computers and video game consoles. This is a really important point because when EA (Electronic Arts) announced that it was releasing a new SimCity freemium title, some SimCity fans were expecting it to be comparable to previous paid-for SimCity titles. It’s really unfair for gamers to expect a freemium title to be as good as a paid-for title. Now that you understand the distinction between freemium and paid-for titles, I’ll get to the meat of this SimCity BuildIt game review.
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In BuildIt, simple factories make foundation block materials, which serve as the building blocks to more complex items, which in turn are used for the purpose of upgrading residences. These residences give out experience, population, and money. Experience and population are used to unlock new buildings to be made. In advanced levels, players can use those things for other purposes like getting special keys that help to build specialty buildings and paying for shipping orders.
Gameplay revolves around the mechanics of crafting materials and buildings. There are also numerous strategic decisions that players can make, which is reminiscent of classic SimCity games. As players advance through the levels, the importance of police and fire departments increases. Determining where to locate those departments is a good example of a strategic decision. Players are also tasked with deciding on the placement of historical landmarks, parks, and a variety of specialty buildings. Players must decide how to maintain their city’s water, sewage, and power systems in the most cost-effective way.
Timers are an important element of BuildIt and I think they’re used pretty fairly. I haven’t encountered strict pay walls yet. Players can earn and save their way towards upgrades. However, one thing I don’t like is that players can only access some buildings via premium currently purchases.
In this SimCity BuildIt game review, I have to write about the graphics, which are amazing. It’s obvious that BuildIt’s creators paid close attention to detail. The visual aesthetics are extraordinary. I was also impressed by the constant stream of action happening in my city. There’s automobile traffic, stoplights, etc. It never looks flat or dull.
All in all, I give SimCity BuildIt a positive review. If you go into it with the expectation that it’s going to be different from a classic SimCity game you won’t be disappointed.
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