|Genre: Simulation||Status: Open Beta|
|Time Unit:Realtime||Theme: Politics|
|Graphics: Text with graphics||Period: Future|
|Fee: Buy ingame advantages||Developer:CityEmpires.net|
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City Empires is a free web-based city/empire simulation Mass Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) where players act as mayor of their own growing city. After a major world conflict, fought years before, that saw much of the world left in ruins and few people left standing, you have been chosen by the few people that have gathered around you to lead them into a stable and prosperous future.
All buildings have been destroyed and you no longer have services like water, electricity, health, or fire that you once took for granted. There is no longer an education system. All major forms of trade no longer have means to support them, as your highways, railways, seaports and airports have all been battered and without maintenance for decades. Most serious of all, without a police force or military support, the security of your people is entirely in yours hands.
Now it is up to you to start, with what few resources you have, to build your city into a successful representation of what you feel life should be like. You will rebuild your infrastructure and regain access to common utilities and services. You will form your police force and assemble a military. Finally, you will educate your people and reopen trade to other developing cities and countries across the planet.
As you continue to grow and prosper you will invest in improvements to your city to generate higher incomes, renew your environment and please your people. Cities in the upper levels of society will develop local wonders to further these benefits.
Playing the game
Your task, as mayor of your city, is to maintain operations on a day-to-day basis. By taxing your citizens you earn money for your city that can be spent on growth, projects and other requirements. Be careful though, as the highest tax rate isn't necessarily going to earn you the most money each day. Your citizens will not enjoy high taxes, nor will they stand for a lack of services. It is your duty to ensure your citizens are kept happy, well supplied and secure.
Building your city
You're just been appointed mayor of your city and you have a small amount of money you will use to begin building your city. Many mayors make initial purchases that ruin the progress of their city, so we'll give you a hint to get started off on the right foot.
When starting your city you need to remember that infrastructure are your blocks with which to build. More infrastructure levels mean more people, and having more people translates into more money for your city. As your population grows, however, you will need to supply your citizens with adequate services and protection.
When starting your city it is advisable to make the following initial purchases while viewing your city inbetween each purchase to make sure basic vital requirements are met
- 40 infrastructure levels
- 20 soldiers
- 3 wind turbines
- 1 acre of landfill
- 1 water pump
These purchases will ensure your city gets off to a good start...
As for addictiveness, we might have not played the game for a very long time but it is obvious that it has to do with two factors. The first factor has to do with player type. If you like mafia games and have played other mafia games in the past, it is sure that you will like City Empires a lot as its features can withstand the competition. The second factor has to do with the fact that many features of the game are locked to non-paying members. This means that people who do not want/cannot pay, will find City Empires uninteresting.