Also new to the party is a happiness level based on how many decorations you put around town and of what quality. Each decoration has its own cycle of when it needs to be cleaned; most require cleaning every 24 hours, but there are a few that cut that time in half and a few others that double it. Some decorations can be bought with cash earned in-game, while others can only be bought with WildCoins.
There are also businesses that you can buy for your town, each of which allows you to collect in-game cash on a regular basis. You do have to actively click on the store in question in order to collect the cash - no passive collection of the cash. Each business generates cash on a fixed schedule, with some doing so every hour, some every 6 hours, and some every 24 hours. Like decorations, some businesses can be purchased with in-game cash while others are exclusively WildCoin offers.
Finally, there is the amount of land your city can occupy. Each increase of acreage will cost you WildCoins, with the sole exception of the 30x30 grid, which is only available if you successfully invite 5 Facebook friends to join the game.
As you may have noticed, there are lots of opportunities to spend WildCoins in this game, opportunities which, if you're the impatient type, can quickly drain your balance (the Science Museum, a business, costs 34 'Coins). Obviously, this makes the game setup attractive on the business side of things for WildTangent and Immortal Inc., the publisher. But is it as good a deal for you, the player? Answer: Only if you have patience. This game is ideal for someone who only wants to check in on it once or twice a day, but people with a more instant-gratification mindset (mostly kids) will likely find it frustrating. With the simplest building job taking the energy that would take 100 minutes to generate naturally, and nothing happening quickly or automatically, it can become far too easy to hit a wall in in this construction game, figuratively speaking.
So let's say your the impatient type, but you're also frugal with your WildCoins purchases, and you love the game. What can help you maximize your building? There are several:
-Buy Decorations: While I don't know the exact impact having unhappy citizens would have, I do know that each time you purchase or clean a decoration, it earns you experience, with many of the advanced decorations giving more than even the most advanced building job.
-Go for Expert Times: Every build job completed in Expert Time earns you a 10% bonus on both the cash and experience reward for that job. It might not seem like much, but it adds up.
-Buy quick-return businesses: With many businesses giving you cash-collection windows every hour, you can easily make them self-propagating. And with each purchase and cash collection earning you experience, it's one more way to level up faster and get an energy refill when you do. Just remember, they street access to work.
-Buy new neighborhoods: You get a small amount of experience for each purchase of a neighborhood, and a fresh area to take the most basic building jobs - a boon for when your energy is low.
-Don't be afraid to sped some WildCoins: Certain specials are simply too good to pass up. Since I started playing, the same 50% discount has been available on the T-Rex and the TV Station. Also, you can spend Coins to refill your energy or to generate some quick game cash.
-Rearrange things, maximize your space: Because there's no way to turn the screen or tune the opacity of what you've built, larger structures may be hiding blank spaces in your city. The best way to avoid this is to put the tallest & broadest objects NW of small ones whenever possible. Also, since both neighborhoods and businesses need roads to operate, it may take some trial and error before you come across the most efficient way to lay out your town.
-If all else fails, blow stuff up: You are not penalized for experience by demolishing any decoration, business or neighborhood. Just remember that this should only be used as a last resort when you've run out of space and that you'll need to have enough cash reserves to rebuild.
The only real criticism I have of the the game is that it seemed to be released before development was finished. There's a menu button labeled over with a "Coming Soon" sign that is a total DN - Does Nothing. I've converted one neighborhood entirely to town homes, the game says that neighborhood is "MAXED!," but there are structures in the build screen that continue to be locked, with no discernible way to unlock them. Most notable among these are the Estate and the Castle in the House category.
My questions for WildTangent are these: When is this game's development going to be finished? Is there any way to name your city? Are there any plans to include player-generated objects in the game?
Edited by Loony_Lizard, 05 June 2011 - 09:22 AM.