EA cuts SimCity BuildIt ribbon; now available on iOS and Android

SimCity BuildIt has finally been released on iOS and Android devices, so make a trip down to your virtual town hall and start ruining the lives of your citizens.

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EA informed us back in September a new SimCity mobile game, called SimCity BuildIt, would be made available on iOS and Android devices “soon.” Three months may not be considered soon for most people, but after three months of baking, SimCity BuildIt is now available for your pocket-side mayor-ing needs.

SimCity BuildIt appears to offer the same kind of gameplay mechanics that fans of the series have come to expect. You’ll be able to place residential zones, provide services, and most importantly, collect taxes. You’ll also be tasked to solve real city challenges such as traffic, fires, and pollution and to balance services to make sure your citizens are getting what they need to be happy. A number of additional challenges are available that allows you to specialize your city as well as shape your society.

SimCity BuildIt allows mayors to create and trade resources with friends as well as the ability to unlock exclusive buildings like Big Ben and The Arc de Triomphe, whatever that is. Natural and unnatural disasters are also available to be unleashed on your unsuspecting citizens.

Would-be mayors looking to rule with an iron fist can head on over to the App Store or Google Play Store to download SimCity BuildIt.

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    December 17, 2014 9:00 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, EA cuts SimCity BuildIt ribbon; now available on iOS and Android

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      December 17, 2014 9:52 AM

      Installing it now. How bad could it be?

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        December 17, 2014 9:56 AM

        lol

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          December 17, 2014 12:32 PM

          I open it and it crashes right away. So at the very least its better than dungeon keeper.

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      December 17, 2014 9:59 AM

      Simcity meets FarmVille and micro transactions. Doesn't take much to imagine how horrible it is. Played for about 30 mins and deleted the app.

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      December 17, 2014 10:02 AM

      Goddamnit EA. Why did you have to destroy SimCity.

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        December 17, 2014 10:15 AM

        They've made other sim city games for iOS in the past that had gameplay like the real sim city. Those games appear to be removed from the App Store. Can't find em. That's really shitty of them.

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          December 17, 2014 10:45 AM

          Yeah back in the days of the original iPhone the SimCity app was basically SimCity 3000

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            December 17, 2014 10:47 AM

            Yup and it's gone

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              December 17, 2014 12:01 PM

              I found it under items I've previously downloaded/bought. That's the only way to get it now.

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            December 17, 2014 2:21 PM

            I loved that game, played the hell out of it on a few plane trips.

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      December 17, 2014 12:25 PM

      I suppose it's littered with in-app purchases?

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        December 17, 2014 12:28 PM

        IDK...does anyone know if it's as bad as Dungeon Keeper?

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        December 17, 2014 2:07 PM

        Well, it is free and has IAP, so probably pretty bad. This is EA we're talking about after all.

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      December 17, 2014 2:16 PM

      Reading over the early reviews on both app stores it seems they still went the DK route with progressively steeper time curves that make it harder to upgrade w/o constantly throwing money at it. So, you basically end up funding your city with real money. Kinda the opposite of how you'd think a real town major would do it.

      I would have LOVED a SimCity game for $4.99 and would be willing to buy some custom tile sets (various architecture styles, special buildings, etc.) for $1-2 each. Might have even sunk $10 like that. But this exponential curve crap they keep pulling? Forget it. I don't think I'm even going to install this. (yeah, I will just to see how bad it really is).