It seems that the city-building sim is very much alive and kicking these days. With SimCity coming back to the PC and the Simpsons:Tapped Out making waves on Android, it's a good time to be a builder. There are a lot of options out there for those looking to get into the city-building genre but, what if you don't want to lug a laptop everywhere for SimCity and you hate EA's microtransactions on the Simpson: Tapped Out? Well, there has always been City Island from Sparkling Society. Now, they're back with City Island: Airport. Read on to see if this is the mobile sim you've been waiting for.
Description: Much like the original City Island game, City Island: Airport puts you in charge of your own Island to build a sprawling metropolis. However, unlike the first game, you'll have to rely heavily on tourism to create a thriving international hub with tourists coming and going from all over the world. It's important that your island has a lot of visitors coming and going, as this is how you continue to make money to expand your island and bring in more money. City Island: Airport has a lot going on, and you'll need to keep on your toes to keep those planes running and the City running smoothly. Take a look at the trailer below for a closer look:
How it Works: To start building your own tourist destination, you'll need to head on over to the Play Store to download the game. After that, you'll be able to start the tutorial:
As you go through the game, you'll come across a number of different characters that will help you with your City:
These might seem a little tedious but, they are very helpful and they give you a quick grasp of the main concepts of the game quite quickly. Of course, when you first start your Island, it'll look a little bare:
Once you start taking in planes, and expanding your City, the game starts to take off and you'll be able to collect cash and more from your different buildings. After a little while, you'll end up with a city that looks a little more appealing:
The longer you play for, the more exciting it all gets, and you'll end up with a metropolis to be proud of:
When choosing buildings etc, you'll see that there are a lot to choose from:
Each building type brings something different to your City, Accomadations will bring in money, upgrading your Airport will make sure you can connect to more and more destinations and more. My personal favorite are Landmarks, which allow you bring some iconic tourist attractions to your City:
The Airport is a very important part to your Island, without planes coming in and out, there's no money coming into your City, you need tourism to survive and the more attention you get, the more you'll be able to do in your City. You'll be given a number of destinations to take inbound flights, and to send planes to:
Opinion: I'm a big fan of SimCity and when the new version came out for PC, I had it delivered on release day; I love building things. With City Island: Airport, I get a nice taste of that action on the go, with some brilliant twists. For one thing, the action is slowed down compared to SimCity, which is great because you get more engaged in the game and it gets more difficult the bigger your City becomes. The graphics and fun and there are a variety of sound effects to keep the game lively. What's great about City Island: Airport, is that it's not just another city-builder, you need to make a thriving tourist attraction that makes your City feel more connected.
- Speed (4/5) – City Island: Airport runs along at a good pace and keeping on top of things is a pleasant challenge.
- Features (5/5) – With a pleasant twist on the city-building genre, Airport makes for a great title to play while commuting to work and it's great for youngsters on long trips.
- Theme (4/5) – The graphics look good and everything is clear and easy to make out.
- Overall (4.5/5) – City Island: Airport is a game that will please both young and old alike and comes with a raft of features and upgrades to keep you busy.
- You don't just build another city, you have to make a successful tourist attraction out of your Island.
- The graphics are pleasing on the eye and the UI is very easy to follow.
- Tutorial will give new players a helping hand.
- Wide range of buildings, landmarks and more to choose from to make sure your City is a five-star attraction.
- New users might become a little confused.
- It's not entirely clear how to extend your City at first.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a city-building game to satisfy your cravings when you're out of the house, or just looking for something new to try, City Island: Airport won't disappoint at all. This is the sort of title that you make sure is installed on your phone or tablet when you go on Holiday or a long trip, to make sure you'll not be bored. There's a lot to do in the game and while collecting cash and setting off planes might seem tedious at first, it really keeps you alert and helps the game to run along at a very pleasing pace. Fans of SimCity will love this – as I did – and those looking for a new type of game that doesn't have flying birds in it will find this a refreshing title, indeed.