EA’s SimCity BuildIt promised a fun city-building and managing experience on the go, but that experience debuted for only a small subset of the Android userbase. Thankfully those restrictions have been lifted as the game is now available to download in most regions around the world.
The game is a free-to-play rendition of EA’s popular PC series, and yes, that means there are microtransactions aplenty. Your job is to not only build a city that residents will want to live in, but to solve the many challenges and issues that pop up each and every day from there on out. You build out your typical residential, commercial and industrial sectors to get the basic economy flowing, and then you follow that up with landmarks, public services and other necessities to help your city grow.
The game does get a bit social as you’re allowed to trade resources with your friends, but that’s about it as far as multiplayer goes. SimCity BuildIt’s visuals shine through the best on tablet, with a nicely-modeled 3D world ready for your fingers to begin pecking away at. It’s worth a try with an initial price tag of $0 so give it a go via Google Play if you aren’t lucky enough to live in one of the regions the game was already available in.