Fun City Building Games for Mobile
There are plenty of genres out there for you to explore through your mobile device, but few of them offer the absolute power and responsibility that the city-building genre can allow you to possess, right in the palm of your hand. Though city-building games have been around for decades, the real gem that sticks in everyone's mind is Sim City; this isn't the only option for those mad about managing entire cities however. Just a flick through the app store of your mobile device will produce a diverse list of games of this genre, but how do you know which ones are any good? Well, instead of just guessing for relying on reviews of questionable authenticity, you could start with our pick of four fun and fantastic city-building games available for your mobile device.
The first on the list is the magnificent Pixel People, a title that doesn't necessarily conform to any of the standards of the city building genre, yet sits quite comfortably within it due to its content. The most striking thing about this game is initially the graphics, which are heavily (and purposely) pixelated in order to evoke warm memories of a time when this is what games looked like. No matter the motivation behind the game's look, pixelation is chic at the moment, so it works in the game's favour.
The gameplay itself is also an anomaly of the genre because it's more of a puzzle game packaged into a city-building skin. The buildings are all ready to place: it's your job to mix and match the various occupations available in order to gain more citizens for your city. With extras and upgrades to earn along the way as well as various buildings to unlock, Chillingo's Pixel People is an insanely entertaining title that is all too often overlooked by many.
Another city building game with a substantial twist up its sleeve, Airport City is a game with a more in-depth approach to city building that goes beyond simply managing a self-contained city. The game involves taking on the responsibility of running a city of course, but you also must dedicate your time to ensuring that a balance is kept between the city and its airport, which you also run with quite a bit of hands-on involvement.
From the very first hangar your purchase to eventually owning a selection of planes, this game has quite a bit of diversity to it, from building things like power stations to supply electricity to erecting businesses to earn extra money and carefully placing runways piece by piece. It's a little unfortunate that the freemium aspect of the game rears its head before long, but Airport City should still be praised for its original take on the genre.
Now we come to the more traditional city building title, Megapolis, whose focus is aimed solely at creating and running a city. You'll be in charge of fulfilling the game's frequently-set tasks that drive your progress throughout. Tasks include simple things like erecting certain buildings to interacting with friends and other players, expanding your city, and day-to-day running of it.
Where Megapolis deviates ever so slightly from the usual is in its quantity of buildings available, which is substantial by anyone's standards. There are up to 500 different buildings to construct including many iconic real-world structures like Big Ben. The graphics are quite impressive on top of all this, though the in-app purchases dull the excitement eventually.
There's no leaving out Sim City, even if it's a title that's over twenty years old. Actually, this particular one is effectively Sim City 3000 ported onto mobile, but that doesn't make the visuals any less spectacular or dazzling, or the gameplay any less legendary. Everything from taxation policy to infrastructure and even the initial blueprints are factors in your success here. Also, one shouldn't forget the brilliant natural disasters that you have to weather quite literally. SimCity Deluxe is quite simply one of the best construction games for mobile available, period.