SimCity BuildIt Review!

“Welcome, Mayor! Be the hero of your very own city as you design and create a beautiful, bustling metropolis. Every decision is yours as your city gets larger and more intricate. Make smart choices to keep your citizens happy and your skyline growing. Then trade, chat, compete, and join clubs with fellow Mayors. Build your way to extraordinary with the most popular city builder on mobile!

SimCity BuildIt Links:

iOS Link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/simcity-buildit/id913292932?mt=8

Android Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.simcitymobile_row&hl=en_GB

Company: Electronic Arts

Genre: Strategy

Rated: 4+

Offers in-app Purchases



 BRING YOUR CITY TO LIFE
Build skyscrapers, parks, landmarks, factories, and much more! Place buildings strategically to keep the taxes flowing and your city growing. Take on fun challenges to shape your society.

PUT YOUR IMAGINATION ON THE MAP
Expand along the beach with a marina, waterpark, and luxury beachfront. Build a Tokyo-style neighborhood and unlock exclusive landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty. There’s always something new and different to make your city unique.

BATTLE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY
Compete in real-time PvP with Club Wars, where you strategize with Mayor’s Club members and declare war on other cities. Also, take on other players in the Contest of Mayors. Become a top Mayor and get rewards that can upgrade and beautify your city.

CONNECT AND TEAM UP
Join a Mayor’s Club to trade supplies with other members and chat about strategies and available resources. Build big, work together, lead other Mayors, and watch your city come to life!”

Gameplay

Build your own city as the mayor and rival the others!

I might be late to the party but I didn’t know this game existed up until a day ago. There are many games out there that require you to build things – like Gardenscapes, or Township. However, SimCity BuildIt stands out to me as well, it’s The Sims. The object of SimCity BuildIt is the same as all the other games in the franchise – create and grow a functional virtual city.

You play as the mayor and you get to lay down the roads, place houses, stores, and factories, collect taxes, and arrange deals with other cities around the area. On top of this, it’s your job to provide services to your citizens like power, water, sewage treatment, sanitation, and education. If you fail to keep up with these services, your Sim citizens will move away.

Graphics

Lovely graphics similar to the console Sims games!

SimCity BuildIt’s strongest aspect is definitely the graphics. The visuals are similar to of console Sims games. You get a full rotation control of the city and all of the structures are very detailed and look great. If you zoom in, you can see cars on the street, stoplights and even traffic jams. Everything is colorful, stands out, doesn’t lag and the app didn’t crash once. What more could you want?

Music

The music and sounds are similar to other Sims games except with a lot more construction. SimCity BuildIt doesn’t actually have any stable background music, which I love, but there is the sound of birds and wind. When you build something new, it’ll take a few minutes (unless you pay) for it to be finished and during this time you can hear saws, hammers, and other construction-related noises.

The Sims can also talk which is nice. Obviously, they talk in Simlish but there is a speech bubble available so you can understand what they’re saying. Phew, that could’ve become awkward!

Controls

Tap and drag to build and fix items!

Like Gardenscapes or Township, SimCity BuildIt runs on tapping and dragging in order to build buildings, fix things, and make everyone happy. Tap on a factory, and then tap on a material and drag it to the building. With these materials, you can add more to your city and grow your population!

The Power of in-app Purchases

Purchase Simoleons and SimCash to make your gaming experience easier!

There are two types of virtual currency in SimCity BuildIt –  Simoleons and SimCash. You purchase SimCash with real money, here are some of the prices:

  • 350 SimCash for £4.99
  • 550 SimCash for £9.99
  • 1300 SimCash for £19.99
  • 2625 SimCash for £33.99
  • 4000 SimCash for £48.99
  • 8500 SimCash for £99.99

With Simoleons, you pay for these with SimCash. Here are the prices:

  • 900 Simoleons for 30 SimCash
  • 9600 Simoleons for 300 SimCash
  • 34000 Simoleons for 1000 SimCash
  • 64800 Simoleons for 1800 SimCash
  • 114000 Simoleons for 3000 SimCash
  • 240000 Simoleons for 6000 SimCash

With these two forms of currency you can purchase new materials and you can also speed up the time it takes to build a new building. With SimCity BuildIt, I’d say that in-app purchases are definitely a must unless you like waiting around for things. If not, this would be a good came to play every few hours for 5 minutes if you can be bothered.



The verdict

What did you think of SimCity BuildIt?

Unfortunately, SimCity BuildIt did disappoint. It wasn’t nearly as fun as I thought it would be – and with all the waiting around, I just became bored. All this game really does is test your patience or make you cough up some of your hard earned cash! The best part of this game was definitely the graphics – EA didn’t fail in that department.

If you decide to download SimCity BuildIt, let us know what you thought and if you agree or disagree with any of the points we made. Happy gaming!

SimCity BuildIt Overall Rating: 2/5

iOS Link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/simcity-buildit/id913292932?mt=8

Android Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.simcitymobile_row&hl=en_GB

About Post Author

By Phoebe Ruberto

Hey! I’m Phoebe and I’m one of the contributors on The Casual App Gamer. I’ve been gaming since the moment I could hold a controller and my first memory was playing Sonic The Hedgehog 2 on the PlayStation 2 with my siblings. Happy gaming and I hope you enjoy the reviews!