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Release: Oct 2005
Reviewed on: iOS

SimCity BuildIt

Site Score
Good: Strong graphics – Large number of buildings to consider
Bad: Some premium building restrictions
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Bringing the exceedingly popular SimCity to the mobile realm the game offers up striking visuals for a mobile title as you expand your city lines from your town hall into the horizon, all while maximising happiness of your residents and revenue for yourself.


While its not a real SimCity game in terms of gameplay you’ve got enough of the mechanics there that it at least feels loosely connected, resulting in a typical freemium building and construction title which strongly sits on the better side of the rampant genre.

Central to your success in the world of SimCity BuildIt you’ve got factories that will happily produce all sorts of materials to serve as the building blocks of your expansive city. This is predominately fed into the residential side of the game which offers money, increased population and experience which helps you unlock more spectacular buildings.

Outside of residential buildings that range from single houses to large apartment blocks you’ve got services such as power, water, sewage, government, health, police and fire to protect and serve the community. Further city happiness is developed through specialised options with the likes of parks, education, entertainment, transportation and landmarks. Some of these are restricted to premium currency only but the others are in reach of committed players and outside of this restriction the freemium elements are mostly fair.


Regardless of what you intend to build all of this requires a mixture of resources which must be obtained either directly from the factory floor or crafted by mixing several materials together. If you find yourself overwhelmed with a particular resource you can opt to sell it to the AI or other players in order to convert it to something your city needs.

Few games can compare to the impressive graphics and mostly fair monetisation that SimCity BuildIt offers up to players. While it’s not traditional SimCity gameplay it’s still a solid and enjoyable experience for mobile devices.


  • Based on SimCity fundamentals of keeping residences happy.
  • Create your dream city from countless buildings, services and specialisations.
  • Expand your town lines as your population booms.
  • Use your factories to create and craft important building materials.
  • Free on Android and iOS.

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SimCity BuildIt, 7.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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