SimCity Buildit is the modernized, iPhone-ized (yup, we’ve just officially made that a word) edition of the city building game that started it all: the original SimCity, launched a lifetime ago in 1989. SimCity BuildIt follows in the footsteps of the legendary predecessor, and takes it up a few notches with eye-pleasing, 3D-quality graphics and enhanced gameplay.
In SimCity BuildIt, the goal is the same as it ever was: strategically build your city, create and trade resources, and keep your citizens happy and satisfied – or do as Samuel L. Jackson would, and strike down upon them with furious anger in the form of natural and unnatural disasters. Moreover, in an exclusive feature called “Future Cities”, you can now build and explore straight-out-of-a-sci-fi hypermodern technologies, and you can take your city building prowess online and battle it out with fellow SimCity fanatics in the Contest of Mayors.
Forge of Empires
Forge of Empires, another city building game classic, takes you all the way back to the Stone Age, sending you on a journey spanning over several millennia. The goal is to evolve from prehistoric levels by developing cutting-edge technologies (in case you didn’t know the wheel was once considered pretty cutting-edge), discovering, exchanging, and trading goods, exploring new and more efficient production technologies, exploring and taking control of new territories (and of course reaping their benefits), and negotiating and battling your way to total domination. Forge of Empires is highly addictive, and with a timeline extending way beyond modern times, its gameplay is varied enough to ensure longevity.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Ay, caramba! With nearly 300,000 App Store ratings, The Simpsons: Tapped Out has to be the most downloaded city building game for iPhone of all time, which is not a surprise in light of the TV show’s popularity and in light of the fact that the game came out nearly five years ago. In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, you can repopulate Springfield with the Simpsons characters dearest to your heart, rearrange the city in the most maddening ways, dress your chosen characters in crazy outfits, be cruel or kind to the citizens of Springfield by controlling their lives, and experience unique storylines and content exclusive to the game thanks to regular and seasonal updates, courtesy of none other than the writers of the original show.
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff
Peter Griffin’s epically chaotic and brutally bloody fights with his arch-rival, the giant chicken, are well documented. The latest round of the legendary duel – the focal point of which is an expired coupon given to Peter by the cunning chicken in question – proves to be more destructive than any of the previous face-offs, as the two combatants run Quahog to the ground. That might be bad news for the citizens of Quahog, but it is the best news ever for Family Guy fans all over the globe, because in Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, you have to right the wrongs of Peter and the chicken by rebuilding the town any way you like, and keeping your fresh and crispy Quahog safe from the attacks of up-to-no-good chickens (at this point, it is safe to say that the creators of Family Guy have a vendetta against those poor bock-bock-BA-GOCK-ing bastards) and other unforeseeable outside threats. Another objective of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is to take control over your favorite characters, and embark them on hilariously exhilarating quests. As your town grows and as you come back victorious from more and more tasks, your list of achievements will start expanding, resulting in a bunch of unlocked goodies including character-specific outfits (Mermaid Peter and Rambo Lois sure make for a beautiful couple), Petericious decorations for your town (for instance The Peterdactyl and The Petercopter), and an abundance of never-before-seen animations exclusive to the game. Talking of exclusive, the iOS edition of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff features an extra quest line only available for players on iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch devices. In this bling-bling side story entitled “Fool’s Gold”, the goal is to help Peter realize his long-time dream of becoming filthy rich – as in rich enough to make it to Forbes’ billionaires list.
Ever since 1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd has been telling us to become as simple of a man as possible under the circumstances we face, which is exactly what you can do in Township – at least compared to the intertwining complexities that you have to constantly go up against in city building games centered on metropolises and empires. As the game’s title suggests to a certain degree, township blends the most typical characteristics of city building games and farming games, putting you in charge of a serene little countryside town that you have to build up from nearly ground zero. To lay down the foundation of your town’s blossoming success, you have attend to a variety of matters: harvesting and processing crops, developing innovative processing facilities, exporting, importing, and trading goods, opening an assortment of community buildings to bring fun and excitement into the everydays of your townspeople, breed and take care of animals, collect exotic animal species from all over the world to open your own zoo, and descend into the dark depths of the mine to unearth precious resources and priceless ancient artifacts. The more you give, the more you get, which in the context at hand means that the further ahead your town is on the development scale, the more goodies you’ll unlock, including world-famous landmarks such as London’s iconic Big Ben.
Living in a ginormous metropolis is not for the weak-hearted. The world’s largest and busiest metropolises are home to all aspects and forms of human existence from the most delightful to the most hideous, all bombarding you with impulses with reckless abandon 365 and 24/7, easily overstimulating those who care too much, feel too much, or know too much. In Megapolis, one of the most popular city building games for iPhone, the dark side of big city life is nowhere to be found, so even if you’re fed up with the metropolis you call home, you’ll find solace in the challenges of orchestrating the everyday matters of Megapolis. Before attending to said matters – such as finances -, first you must develop your city’s primary infrastructure (including railway stations, airports, seaports, power plants for various power sources, and oil and gas mining) to get things going, and indulge in trading and alliance-building with neighboring megapolises. Megapolis packs spectacular 3D graphics, over 700 unique buildings and sites, hundreds of construction materials, iconic landmarks from long-forgotten ancient times to modern days, and plenty of tough-to-complete tasks.
Paradise Island 2: Build your City on the Beach
Enough of the troubles and trials and tribulations of mega-, metro-, and other polises! It’s high time we headed to the beach on the island of endless summer to kick a handful of sand straight into the face of stressful big city life. In Paradise Island 2: Build your City on the Beach, you get ahold of an entire island which you have to, step by step, transform into the holiday resort of your dreams bursting with tourist-attracting luxury hotels, leisure time activities, entertainment establishments, all sorts of eateries from fine-dining restaurants to pizza joints, and heaps of shopping opportunities.
Paradise Island 2 comes equipped with more than 300 uniquely drawn buildings, exciting mini games, daily competitions to decide who the best island boss is in the business, the opportunity to visit the islands owned by your friends to send or receive gifts, major projects aimed at rebuilding ancient landmarks, and captivating tropical quests. Paradise Island 2 is mostly online-based, but has an offline mode allowing you to retreat to paradise on the go.
From paradise to paradise, though this one is a wee bit different. Fumbling-bumbling Minions have taken over the hearts of tens of millions of moviegoers with their banana-munching, gibberish-babbling ways. The yellow candy-looking folks are now taking their unique talents to iPhones in the cutest and most bananatastic city building game ever created, in which they end up on a deserted tropical island after the notoriously clumsy Phil accidentally sinks their cruise ship. Having no other choice, the Minion army sets out to turn their new tropical home into Minions Paradise extraordinaire. Accordingly, the main objective is to make the dreams of your Minions come true by boosting the island’s paradise-factor with necessary accessories such as hot tubs and beach volleyball courts, by sprucing up the place with trees and flowers, by exploring the island’s uncharted territories to find new forms of fun-filled activities, and by providing the daily dose of the holy fruit, i.e. BANANA!. Once the famous trio of silver screen Minions – namely Kevin, Stuart, and Bob – visit your island for a much-needed vacation, you’ll know you’re doing an outstanding job at this paradise-building enterprise. To put the banana-flavored icing on the banana cream-filled cake, you can take on the challenge of completing the missions that put the villainous Professor Flux’s evil master plan into motion, earning level-up tokens along the way with which you can upgrade your most beloved Minions’ abilities. What else could we say…BANANA!