One of the coolest things about the video game industry is games that allow players to create. City Story is one of these games that allow players to create on the iPhone and iPod Touch. To top it off City Story is a free app. I did not say completely free app, and you will understand why later in this review. Players can download this app for free, and start to play it for free. I enjoyed getting to manage the city, bring in income through the factories, and to build new buildings. City Story allows gamers to go beyond just buildings as things like parks, and fountains are unlocked.
City Story contains many bright colors, and great details. I could easily tell what each structure was. The one concern I have with the graphics is how small they are. If you have vision issues, then you may have problems seeing the micro sized city on this hand held app. Families will be pleased to know that the graphics in City Story are safe for families.
I have never been one to expect a lot out of the hand helds, especially when Apple is involved. City Story surprised me with some catchy little music. I found myself getting into it, as it enhanced the game play experience. Greed is one of the lessons in City Story, so you might want to be aware of that.
The more you progress in City Story, the more you unlock. This should be a fantastic thing. The problem is City Story uses the micro-transaction sort of system. This game is happy to have you purchase more in game money when you get low. I find it misleading that this game is advertised as free, but expects payment for content.
The whole pay for more would not be such a big deal in City Story if the game play was not designed to make the player sit around. It can the factory minutes to hours to produce the goods. City Story does not give the players much to do while they are waiting. This is a flaw in the game design, or an attempt to milk money out of patrons. Either way I do not like it - not one bit.
City Story is safe for families in the concept of creating a town. Video games have such a bad image, and too many dwell on worshiping destruction. It is nice to see games like this one that teach building. I would like to see future releases to this franchise. I hope sequels take away the Internet is required to be able to play this game. I will mention this game to friends of mine with a warning. - Mark
Family Friendly Factor: 90%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
ESRB Rating: '4+' for 4+
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