City Girl Life is a social and fashion focused experience designed to blend fashion, fame, fortune, friends and New York City. It is developed by Playdom and was original playable through Facebook and eventually Facebook Gameroom. With Gameroom retired in 30 June 2021 players now need to reactivate Flash to play directly through Facebook (instructions on City Girl Life Facebook page). The Facebook page is also an active hub for the community alongside the official forums. With a community in the millions City Girl Life constantly receives updates, events and general community engagement which has seen the game continually grow since it started back in 2012.
The game is similar to other games in the life simulation genre and feels like a spiritual successor to Playdom’s other hit social games like Sorority Life and Social City. For fans of these other titles or games that blend social and fashion together in general you’ll feel right at home with the general game design of City Girl Life.
To start your City Girl Life adventure players will need the Facebook Gameroom, while the title was previously available within your browser it is now exclusive to the Facebook Gameroom. To start players are given a brief storyline involving players leaving their small town life and move into the big city (New York) to chase their dreams and a future of fame and fashion. You aren’t alone on your move though as several of your friends from college have also joined you for their own dreams and to help you settle into the new surroundings.
Jenna is one such friend and quick to meet players as they arrive in their new basic apartment. With Jenna not having seen players for some time it is also the perfect opportunity to reinvent your look with City Girl Life allowing for avatar customisation within the first few minutes of gameplay. Starting options are fairly limited with players starting with around a dozen clothing items and a handful of hairstyles but expand rapidly with further gameplay particularly in the accessories category.
With your look established City Girl Life quickly jumps to customising your apartment with a new couch which gives the game a Sims like vibe as you pick and choose other pieces of furniture to decorate your space. City Girl Life is also surprisingly deep in this regard with nearly 100 items across living, kitchen, dining, bed, bath, office, pet and patio. Further customisation is also available to walls and flooring in addition to miscellaneous plants and appliances
Success and fashion does not come easy or cheaply in City Girl Life though which is where your career driven friend Olivia comes into the scene to assist you in your dream career. In total there are 7 different careers that can be explored and changed as players see fit if they feel like a career change. Jobs include musician, artist, detective, fashion designer, chef, engineer and author.
Not only does your choice of career tie in closely with the games structured story but it will also be your primary source of funds for decorating your apartment (or upgrading entirely to a penthouse) and wearing all the latest fashions to impress those around you. As a social based game City Girl Life also allows for players to show off their fashion style to their friends in daily fashion stand offs.
No life simulation would be complete without a management component to it though and City Girl Life offers a trimmed down version in this regard. Focusing on 5 key areas of friendship, fun, health, hygiene and rest players will need to balance their social life with daily tasks of sleeping and showering.
It’s easy to consider the gameplay on offer in City Girl Life a simplified version of The Sims as you decorate your new living space, move up the ranks in your dream job while also finding the time for the necessities of life (food, sleep, etc) and of course socialising. Keeping a happy character requires careful monitoring of your needs that change overtime as well as your own objectives which can change each time you login.
- A spiritual sequel to Sorority Life that lets you explore New York with your close friends.
- Build up your career in one of seven unique paths in order to upgrade your apartment and wardrobe.
- Find a balance between your needs of fun, health, rest and other statistics with your limited energy.
- Decorate and customise your apartment from nearly 100 different options.
- Participate in daily fashion look contests, visit your friends apartments and more through the social focused City Girl Life.
Review Platform: PC