Easy to learn.
Farming towns possible.
The interface is well laid out and very intuitive.
The ground view is a great inclusion.
Slick if conventional city-building gameplay.
Good for beginners.
Online options have potential.
Monthly subscription required for features that should be included.
Build a city in full 3D graphics.
25 maps to build your city on a variety of terrains.
500 buildings inspired by American, Asian, and European.
Although it was a nice idea, the multiplayer just doesn’t seem to work all that well.
Basic mechanics are on the bland side.
Singleplayer mode seems like an afterthought.
MMOstyle online option is limited and overpriced.
Problems with trading interface and market.
By About.com on November 22, 2010
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