Monday, April 01, 2013

SimCity 5 (2013): Random Disasters and City Services

Since March, 5th new SimCity: 5 (2013) is out. All fans of this city builder game are so excited to try it out. One of the best features are random disasters. This is returning to SimCity since its 3rd edition. No random disasters were present in SC 4, and now, they are back. Of course, for those not eager to see it working, they can simply turn this option off, and be safe from earthquakes, UFO's, meteorite shower and tornadoes.

I bet we all love to spend days in building multimillion cities, only to see it destroyed by one of disasters available in SimCity. In this new SimCity 5 (2013) there are four types of disasters, that can strike your prospering city, and those are: earthquake, UFO attack, meteorite shower and tornadoes. Tu be safe from those, you can only prepare well enough to rebuild city as fast as possible, and save as many lives as you can. How to achieve this? Simply, by having your town covered by city services: build hospitals, police stations, fire stations...

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SimCity 5 (2013): build it big, build it specialize, build it safe!

There is no way to predict when the disaster will strike. You can't do it in real life, thus this is impossible to do in SC neither. The only thing you can do is to prepare for it. Build hospitals, fire stations, police stations to prevent chaos after meteorite, earthquake or tornado strike. These city services will help you save many lives too.

With new SimCity 5 out, you are now able to build specialized cities. You might want to build industrial town, or maybe to set focus on tourism. You might want to get the income from casino empire. Make new Reno, or Las Vegas. It is up to you.

There is one thing, though, you should watch out after: city services, as: hospitals, police stations and fire stations, should be must-have in every town. This becomes the most important in the case of disasters, which can be set to happen randomly. 

Every disaster brings devastation, fires, high crime rate and lots of casualties. Save lives, fasten rebuilding, and minimize the damage by building mentioned city services. Cover your city with good health care, justice system, and anti-fire protection. Watch how it works and what happens if you don't, in this video:

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SimCity 5 (2013): disasters- random or player-enacted.

There are four types of disasters you can cast on your fresh built city. Tornadoes, meteors, earthquakes and UFO attacks are the new random disaster features introduced in SC 5.

I have been asked by many players and SC fans if there will be random disasters finally implemented in this 2013 edition. We all liked it in SimCity 3, and missed it in SC 4.

Good news for everyone, now you will have to plan your city in the way it stands these random cataclysmic events.It is much more fun, when you have something, some force, to send an earthquake to your city in the moment you expected it the least.

Of course, there is an option to turn this off. So, for those not interested in random disasters, Maxis is allowing them to simple turn the feature off. These players can still enact all of those nature disasters. You still have option to cast a meteorite shower with one simple button click. These are player-enacted meteorite showers. That way you are in position to build up the city the best you can, and then test its readiness by starting and alien attack, or tornado in the middle of it.

SimCity 5 (2013): city services and their key role in case of disaster | the aspect of multiplayer cooperation

I am sure you already know SC5 is a multiplayer game. This is the best shown in case of a disaster. You can simply call your neighbors for help and support if you lack ambulance vehicles, choppers, or fire trucks.

I have already written about the importance of proper health care, justice and fire department system in your metropolis. But, with new multiplayer aspect of the game, you don't actually have to build all of those services in the amount your city will actually need. That is what are the neighbors there for.

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Simply as it is, your city will be aided with necessarily police, fire trucks and ambulance cars in the case of the worst thing. If, for example, your metropolis has been struck  by a meteorite, your neighbors will come in to extinguish the fire, to prevent the crime rate hitting the skies, etc.

Be a good neighbor, give something valuable to your fellow players, and you will get the help when you need it.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Settlers Online | Free-to-Play Browser MMO of the Year 2013

Today I am presenting you one of the best, if not the best classical free-to-play browser game: The Settlers Online. It has been awarded with the title the MMO of the year two years in row, in various categories: community relations, classical browser game, strategy browser... Did I mention it is fun, well organized and free-to-play?

Recently I have been writing about some awarded MMO games, and this is just me continuing that fashion. The Settlers Online is something different: great community, good graphics, thrilling gameplay... This has been recognized by both online community and professionals taking the role of the jury in every year's contest for the best MMO of that year. Lets mention here the other awarded games I have been writing about: Grepolis | MMO of the Year 2012 and Rising Cities: New City Building Browser Game.
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The Settlers, Our Favorite PC Strategy Goes Online

Yep, The Settlers Online is still in beta faze of testing, so there is lots of things there to be done. But two years in a row, this game is winning awards for best MMO of the year in various categories.

The Settlers, the cutest PC strategy is now available in browser version. These are great news for every fan of the genre. I personally spent significant time playing the Settlers, and I adore them. This time, they are there, at your hand reach. You can play them online, for free with no download needed.

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You must be asking yourself did this move affect gameplay or graphics. I assure you, the graphics is sharp and crisp, and you are going to love it. I was surprised to see a browser strategy game with this good graphics. Colors are vivid, everything is animates, and everything that happens you can watch it in live (deforestation, battles, workshop workers hammering hot iron...).

Browser experience is decent. Nothing freezes up, there are no lag, and surprisingly no bugs, having in mind that the Settlers are still in BETA testing faze

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The Settlers are CASUAL MMO strategy of the year 2012/2013

Surprisingly, there are no PvP battles. You don't compete with other players, and you can't conquer them. In one word, the Settlers are FRIENDLY online game.

Unlike other strategy games, this is friendly, casual online free-to-play game. You don't have to worry about that someone will attack your village while you are offline, and destroy everything that you have built so far. Someone will find this an advantage of the game, and the other will simply say: What is the strategy without fight and conquering. I am not keeping any side.

This is almost a city builder game. There are enough aspects that could put the Settlers Online into this category, the browser city builder MMO.

Luckily, there is an enemy in form of bandits. Bandits are group of outsiders that have occupied the land beyond the borders of your empire. When you look at the map, you will notice that you are located on an island, somewhere in the ocean.  This island is divided into few sectors. You start playing as the king of one of those sectors, and the rest of them are occupied by bandits. They are scattered around in camps protecting their leader. If you wish to control all the regions (and you will have to in order to place all the needed buildings), you will have to fight those bandits. No worries, they don't invade your land. It is up to you when and where to attack.

The Settlers Online: Gameplay. It is Simple, or perhaps the Other Way?

It is the perfect catch for those who love in-depth gameplays, with lots of things to keep an eye on. This game is one of those. Keep the track of resources coming to warehouses, food and tools production, military upkeep, etc. One thing is sure: you won't be bored playing this free-to-play MMO of the year 2013.

When you log in for the first time, you own only a Mayor's house. This house serves as home for you, 50 workers and as a storage facility for your resources. Then you start building. From the moment ONE and throughout the game you are guided by a well organized tutorial. You are learning how to play the game by completing certain quests, which bring you various awards: wood, gold, brew...

First thing that you need to take care of is steady resource production. And, boy, there are many kinds of resources in this strategy game. The whole game is about creating and keeping the balance between gathered resources and those spent on production.

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After setting up few timber lands, marble, copper and stone mines, you will need to build some workshops in which you will use those to produce planks, wheat, bread, tools, weapons... I am telling you, there is no end. Sometime in the middle of the game you realize you have forgotten to build more bakeries, and then realize too that you don't have more building permits (those are received by conquering new sectors, or by buying them with real money).

In general, it is one kind of the browser game. Covers almost every aspect of economy, trade and military, so this will absolutely become the biggest strength of the game, aside from the graphics. This fact guarantees fun!

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The Settlers Online: Free-to-Play Online Strategy, but!

There are certain premium features you can buy with real money. Actually, it seems you can buy everything with real money. But this doesn't change anything. You still have access to every feature and building in the game without paying it. Money simply increases the speed of the production.

Sadly, you can use your money to buy everything in the game, which ruins every game experience. Some players will use this in their advantage. They will, then, have stronger economy, bigger army, more settlers, more production buildings, more mines, more permits, more of everything.

Hey, wait! Didn't I say, at the beginning of this review, that you don't fight with other players, and that you actually have no interactions with them?. I am sure I did. Then, why would it be an advantage for them to have larger army, more resources, more products, stronger economy...? I guess, it is now, then.

So, let it make simple: you actually don't need to spend a dime in order to play. It is more realistic and fun if everything goes a little bit slower.

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MMO of the Year in Category The Best Community Relationship.

The Settlers Online have large community. You can engage with them in chat rooms, or you can visit their cities and improve their production by "buffing" one or more buildings (mines or factories).

I love visit friend's city feature in this browser strategy. You are able to go to the city of one of your friend, and "buff" few of their buildings to produce more resources (2 or more times more resources for a relatively long period of time).

Your friends will notice that, and maybe return the favor very soon. Buffs work twice longer if they are applied on friend's building than on your own. Have it mind. ;)

In bottom left corner you will notice a chat window with four (at present) chat-rooms. Mods are friendly, and always available for the any help you will need. Here you can chat with other players and with your friends, ask for resources, products exchange, etc.

Best MMO of the years 2010, 2012 and 2013 in various categories.

The Settlers Online really proved to be one of the best online strategies, with friendly and well bounded community. It is up to you to try it.

For three years in row (2010, 2012 and 2013- 2011 there was no elections) this browser war strategy/city builder game was nominated and elected in as the best in following categories:

  • Best strategy (2012),
  • Best Community Relations in one MMO(2012/2013),
  • Best Strategy Browser MMO (2012),
  • Best Classic Browser MMO (2013).
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Sunday, March 03, 2013

Conquering Your First City in Grepolis: How to?

Did you read post about First steps in Grepolis 2.0. Ultimate guide to survival in this MMO of the year 2012? If you didn't. please do before you continue reading about how to conquer your first city in Grepolis. If you are beginner, and this is your first contact with the game, then you should know few useful tips about city conquest in order to do it right, and increase your points quickly.

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Don't tell me you didn't hear about Grepolis! If its true, I think it is the best I tell you some basics about this online war strategy, before we dive into the guide to your first city conquest. Grepolis is one of the most popular browser war games. It is free-to-play online strategy. Last year it has been announced the MMO of the year 2012. More than million players play Grepolis every day. You are the general with a city which you need to build up, prepare it for the battle by building hundreds of troops, ships and catapults. Then, you are ready to fight against the enemy, and conquer their cities, or found new ones.

If you want to read more about it I recommend this post: Grepolis 2.0: Browser War Game Placed in Ancient Times

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Prerequisites | things you need to be able to  go for a city in Grepolis.

There are certain buildings and academy researched you must have built/researched in order to be ready for a conquest. Luckily, you are on the right place. This guide has been written to ease your pain, and shorten your path to your first city in Grepolis.

So, what do you need to build and research in your city in order to be ready for your first conquest in Grepolis 2.0? First of all you will need academy on level 22. At this level you can then research Colony Ship, which is needed for colonization. When this is done, you will have to build your harbor to the level 20. This is all you will need to build colony ship.

There are few other prerequisites for a conquest. One of them is that you will need light ship, or bireme researched and built. Colony ship cannot be launched without at least one of those. Then, build some offensive troops (slingers, hoplites, chariots), board the in the transport and send along with colony ship and light ship/bireme to the enemy city, or anchor point on one of the islands.

Keep reading to learn which type of city conquest there are in Grepolis, and how to found new city from the scratch.

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Now that I have my colony ship built, what are my options?

Grepolis offers you few options when it is about conquering. Try to choose the wisest one. Lets see what this guide to the first city in grepolis has to tell you!

At the moment, there are more than 60 worlds in grepolis with more than 25 thousand players each. Every word offers you different rules of the game. They differ from each other in troop speed, time needed for building construction, time needed for troops to be trained and in the way you conquer other cities.

 In general, you have three options: you can found new city, and build it up from the scratch, you can conquer one of the ghost cities, or you can go for the city that belongs to one of your enemies. First two options are recommended if you are beginner, and if you are stuck with only one of few cities. The third option is for those more experienced, and for those who have few more friends with them to help them. Taking city from an active player is job for a whole team. It is not wise to go for it by yourself, and surely not recommended to try and take it if you have just one city.

Since, this guide to first conquest in Grepolis is written for beginners, I will write here only about first two options: founding new city, and conquering ghost towns.

Two types of colonization are present in this MMO of the year 2012. They are called REVOLT and CONQUEST system (first one is more popular in Grepolis: browser war strategy of the year 2012). Which one you will use depends on the world you choose. Only one system is present per world.

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Founding new city and conquering ghost cities in Grepolis 2.0

Guide to how to conquer your first city in this free-to-play strategy continues with straight up  suggestions on how to move on from the position one. Grow fast, or Grepolis is not the MMO game for you!

The easiest way to gain new city is to send colony ship with little troops and one battle ship to an anchor point on your island or to some of the neighboring islands. This way you don't have to fight anyone, and the chances for success are 100%. However, problem with this is that you founded city will have only 178 points. That means you will have to build up the city from the scratch. For someone (including me) this is huge loss of time, and you should reconsider other options.

You can conquer a ghost city. Ghost cities are abandoned cities, and they are marked with grey flag. When player deleted his account, his cities turn ghosts, and they are free to be taken by active players. Those ghost cities might have troops in there, but one cleared, they are no threat, and you can simply walk in and capture it.

By capturing one of the abandoned cities, you can easily double up your points, and get city which is completely ready for building new troops for new conquests. There is one trick: it is not that easy to find big ghost city, so you will have to take any chance you get (2-4k) ghosts are perfectly good for first time.

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Revolt and conquest: two conquering systems in Grepolis | which one to choose?

I will explain revolt and conquest systems as part of this "tips and tricks for grepolis beginners" post.

The most important criteria when choosing world in which you will play, is which of two conquering systems are present in that world. It can be REVOLT or CONQUEST. I prefer the latter one, but I am currently playing in the world where the first one is present.

REVOLT system: First, you send ships and troops to clear the target, and revolt it. Then, you land your colony ship in the time-frame 12-24hrs from the moment revolt started.  This is more complicated way to get what you want, but also gives more space for planning your strategy. After all, this is strategy game, right? This system requires additional research in academy: CONQUEST (this means you will have to build academy up to level 28).

CONQUEST system: You can send colony ship right away with enough troops and ships to clear the target and start take-over. Then you do what ever is in your power to protect the city for next 24hrs. If anyone manages to destroy your colony ship in this time-frame, you will loose the city, and you will have to start all over again.

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Conquering Your First City in Grepolis: How to? CONCLUSION

Are you now familiar with basics of conquering your first first city in this MMO of the year 2012?

The time has come when you will actually start fighting, and not just sitting down and building your city. This is time of war and strategy. Be patient and you will see what Grepolis can offer you: endless hours of fun. It is not without the reason grepolis is one of the most popular free-to-play browser war games.

Stay tuned for more lessons about Grepolis.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Grepolis | Play MMO of the Year 2012 for FREE

Grepolis 2.0 was announced the MMO of the year 2012. This is free-to-play war browser game that is played by hundreds of thousands of players world-wide. Grepolis is played in water worlds, with scattered islands around with 10-ish cities on each. You are general in attempt to spread your empire across the whole world, and defeat all the enemies.

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If you are fan of online strategies, then you simply must have heard about Grepolis 2.0. If you didn't, then this is great opportunity to learn more about this awesome free-to-play browser war game, which was, imagine that, the MMO of the year 2012. I will try to explain the basics of the gameplay and to lead you through the steps you need to take to fortify your starting position, build up strong city, from which you will be able to take more colonies, and dominate the world.

Have in mind that this is strategy, and if you are in hurry, then probably, you should consider some casual game (I strongly suggest atWar, which is turn-based fast paced war game, played on realistic world map).

Grepolis surely isn't for those with short fuse, and who don't wont to spend hours of planning attacks. It is time-consuming, but with nice ahead planning, you can have both: account and real-life.

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Grepolis: a short introduction

What do you have to know about this MMO of the year 2012, before you start playing it. What is it that makes Grepolis 2.0 different from other similar browser strategies? Lets see...

Grepolis 2.0 isn't without the reason one of the most massively played MMOs there online. Even the fact that it has been announces as the MMO of the year 2012 speaks something about the game. First of all lets say it is free-to-play war game. The action is placed in ancient Greek times, in time of Greek Polises .

You actually start as a "Mayor" of one of those Polises. It is a village at the beginning, but you get enough time to build it up to great city, which can store hundreds of your troops ready to conquer other cities. All cities in Grepolis are settled  on islands, which are scattered around in wast oceans. For that reason you will have to use war ships and transports in almost every battle. But this is far from JUST naval warfare. Land troops have greater impact, and they are the core of your empire.

In Grepolis 2.0, there are dozens of worlds. At the moment, more than 60 worlds are active. Every world is story for itself: different alliances, different players, number of players, troop speed, conquest system etc. There are plenty of different words to suit everyone's taste.

Have in mind that you can't play solo. Players without alliances sink too fast. You need to have protection of the friends in case of the attack, and also extra firepower when you go for the enemy city. Read more about Alliances in Grepolis 2.0 after the link.

How can I start playing this MMO: Grepolis 2.0?

Well, this is simple. There is a small banner on the top of this article, and you can log in to the game from there. Simple click on the image and in less than 2 minutes you are in you first village, ready to build first building in it.

Before you start logging in, you should know that you can choose an of the active worlds to play in. Newer versions are always better ones. Also, you are given the option to choose the side of the world to start on (east, west, north etc.). I don't recommend starting in the center of the map. Any other option is better than that one. 

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First steps in Grepolis 2.0. Ultimate guide to survival in this MMO of the year 2012!

Now that you have settled on the nice sandy shore on one of the islands, you need to think and act fast to survive. You are like little turtle now, and have in mind that only 25% of all turtles survive to adultery. This free-to-play MMO is all about the survival of the fittest! Learn how to grow your city fast!

You start with one city that has only couple building in it. This city has only 200 points. Don't worry, for the first five days you cannot be attacks, as you are protected as a beginner. Use this time to build as many building in your city and to transform it into the largest city on island. This way you can be sure no one from the island will attack you. They will choose someone who is a bit weaker.

How to do that? It is all about the strategy and planning ahead. Lets take a look at the image below.

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This is building view, and it shows you which buildings you can build in Senate. Senate is the central building in your city, and you manage all the construction there. Here, on this image you can see all the buildings available to you for building, so there is no need for me to write all down. Every one of them have some prerequisites. For example, you need to have senate at lvl 8, farm at lvl 10 and barracks at lvl 6 to be able to build an academy.

I will make it easier for you by telling you what do you need to focus on in order to reach the level where you can build colony ship and sail off to conquer an other settlement. There is no point in random actions when you play this browser free-to-play war game. Grepolis 2.0 is all about strategy and planning your actions ahead. It goes pretty much in depth, and that is, I guess, one of the reasons Grepolis was announced the MMO of the year 2012.

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Check out your prerequisites for harbor and academy, because those two building are the ones you will need fast. To build up a colony ship (ship needed for colonization and conquests)  you will need harbor at lvl 20 and academy at lvl 22. Try to build your resource buildings (timber camp, quarry and silver mines) to at least lvl 16 in order to receive enough resources for building. You will need mostly stone for harbor and academy, so try to push your quarry up to lvl 20 if you can. An other necessary building is warehouse. You need to have warehouse which can store 10k of each materials in order to build colony ship at the end.

In short this is what you need to focus on in first few days.
I won't lie you. It will take days before you can build colony ship. But  once you reach that level, everything will go a lot smoother. And then, the action starts.

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Grepolis 2.0 ultimate survival guide. Academy and its importance in this free-to-play browser war game

Academy is place where you do all the researches. Know which researches are the most important at the beginning of your conquest path in this MMO of the year 2012!

With every new level in academy, you receive 4 research points. Some researches require a lot more than 4 points (8, 10, 12 points). You should know that you can't research them all in one city. You will have to choose your priorities. I am here to help you, a new play in wast MMO world of Grepolis 2.0: free to play browser war game, placed in ancient world.

It is essential to research archers and hoplites right in the beginning, to be able to build your defense. You can expect first attacks after 5 days in the game, and you must prevail in this crucial period. Don't let your neighbors to come to your city and take all the resources when ever they want that.

Next important research is ceramics.  This provides space for extra 2500 resources (each).
City guard is also important research. Gives you ability to call your citizens in help with defending the city.
Architecture lowers resources needed for the construction of every building in senate for 10%.
Crane increases speed needed for the construction of every building in senate for 10%.

Now you can aim for the colony ship, which is available at academy lvl 22. Spare your resources and skip other researches in order to get to lvl 22 as fast as you can.

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Grepolis 2.0 ultimate beginner's guide | Voila, you have colony ship built. What now?

Grepolis is war browser game: completely free-to-play. It was announces the MMO of the year 2012. Learn how to take your first settlement in this online strategy game with this simple guide!

There are few options. You can pick some free anchor point on your island, or some of the surrounding islands. You can also pick one of the ghost (deserted) towns to conquer. You can also, attack real enemy. The latter is good choice if you have help from your friends. This way you can choose some already fully built cities and take them. You then can start building army immediately, instead of building city from point zero.

Colony ship needs to be accompanied with few troops and few light ships to be able to colonize.  If you decide to go against one active player, I suggest you to send LOTS of ships and troops with your colony ship. It won't landed, until the last enemy troop is killed.

One more thing about colonization. In grepolis 2.0 there are two types of world when it comes to colonization. One type uses revolt for conquest. This means that you have to first start revolt in enemy city, then wait 12 hours (revolt turns red, then) to land you colony ship.

In the other type of worlds, you go for the conquest directly. This means that you, firstly, land colony ship, and then put all the defense you have in the conquered city, to protect it for next 24 hrs (during this time-frame, city can be returned to previous owner if he manages to kill CS).

This is all. When you manage to take your second settlement, you are pro already. ;)

Grepolis 2.0: CONCLUSION on this MMO of the year 2012: 

Final word on this free-to-play browser war strategy game, placed in ancient times. 

Are you ready to try Grepolis 2.0 out? It is intense, not easy to play at all, but war browser MMO worth of trying (definitely). This great and famous online strategy placed in ancient times will make you addicted to it in no time. For those who get addicted easily, I recommend to think twice before joining Grepolis community. You have been warned. :)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

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Rising Cities (new city builder): Presenting Weekly Events

Weekly events in rising cities (the newest city builder simulation game) bring lots of fun, new buildings, experience points, city credits and more to you, making it easier to build up a magnificent city. Collect vegetables, beams, or wood in required amount, and earn free items in return. I am walking you through weekly events in Rising Cities, and explaining your what those actually are, and what are they useful for.

Did you hear about rising cities. For those who are new to it, I will just say that Rising Cities is new, cute city builder simulation game by Bigpoint played completely in browser. For more information about the game, please follow the link. One of the key parts of the game are these weekly events. They are great addition to the whole playing experience, adding new and fun competing tasks every weekend. Lets see what is this all about.

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What are the weekly events for in Rising Cities?

Every weekly event brings you extra experience points, city credits, production points, and building permits for buildings.

Friday is the day for beginning new quests in Rising Cities. This is the day when new event comes to event plaza. Prepare basic products for new quests, to be able to complete new assignments in given time. You get 72 hours to finish five different deliveries to event plaza. With every successful delivery you earn some city credits, production points, eperience points, and with final delivery you earn new building permit.

In most cases, building permits are assigned for rare buildings, so it is really important to participate in these weekly events if you are planning about becoming mayor of great, urbanized, metropolis.

As I said, there are five steps in every event. For every step, you need to make deliveries of two kinds of products. First step requires, mostly, beams and lumber. Second step requires, mostly, tomatoes and beams. Next three steps will require more of your involvement to be fulfilled. You will have to collect new items (carrots, bears, trash, trees etc.). These new items require more time for delivery, so it is important to finish first two steps in event in short time. Thus, I recommend you to start collecting beams, tomatoes and potatoes on Monday. This way you will be ready for event, and you could finish first two steps in less than one hour.

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What happens if I don't finish all five steps in weekly event?

Does it mean all my progress and all my rewards in previous steps are lost?

If you, lets say, manage to deliver all products required in first three steps, and you don't manage to finish 4th and 5th step, you will still have right to keep the rewards from those three steps. So, this means that you don't have to finish all tasks in one weekly event in this city builder simulation game, to gain the rewards. You will be rewarded for your progress no matter how small or great it was.

No matter how busy you are, you have opportunity to earn valuable rewards for ANY delivery you make. Isn't Rising Cities just the cutest browser city builder?

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Cities XL | Build Magnificent Cities With Best City Builder Game

Cities XL is something really special. It goes beyond famous SimCity, and brings a lot more realistic world, huge building areas (maps), online playing as well as the offline, curved roads etc. Cities XL really gives you endless possibilities to build a magnificent city. I am not exaggerating if I say that this is the best city builder game at the moment.

What is Cities XL? Every fan of city builder (city manager) games should already know about this game. It is next generation of Monte Cristo's City Life: the game that was similar to SimCity, but far behind it in graphics, reality, in-depth development... After it was released in E3 2009, Cities XL was something really big. Everyone knew this is going to be the best city builder game online. It is actually the most realistic simulation of city development I know.

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Reviewing population of Cities XL

There are four social classes in this city builder. You, as a mayor of huge metropolis will have to find a balance between them in order to preserve peace and smooth going city.

Yes, four social classes of citizens in each of your magnificent cities. Those are: unskilled workers, skilled workers, executives and elite. Every of those classes have different desires. Heavy industry and small workshops will require unskilled workers to run full capacity, but of course, elite will choose only high-rise office building to work in.

While unskilled workers will require only playgrounds, gazebos and small police stations/health facilities/fire houses for remaining calm, you will have to invest a lot more to keep the other social classes happy. This is fun, cuz it makes the game a bit more complicated in compare to SimCity genre, where traffic was mostly the only concern your had while playing that simulation of city building.

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Cities XL brings curved roads in, which makes your cities look even more magnificent!

Curved roads bring personal touch to your city, isn't that right, mayor? Cities with curved roads were only a desire before this game came in, and that is why Cities XL are so important in the evolution of city building simulation games.

I was huge fan of SimCity, especially of its fourth edition. But there was one thing that was missing: I wasn't able to lay roads down the way I wanted. I had to be straight down, and no curves were allowed. Well, that is boring. That was every city was looking the same.

When Cities XL was released I was thrilled. And when I tested those awesome curved roads, I was overwhelmed. Boy, the possibilities are endless now. You have freedom to make intersection in the manner only you wish, lay the underground road, make viaducts. In the sense, whatever and where ever you want your road to be.

How important this is, can tell the fact that new SimCity (five, 5, 2013) is implementing curved streets as well.
Now we can build streets uphills too. It is easier, looks more natural, and I always loved those parts of cities that are located on the hills. You can now build your own Barcelona, or Rome, Rio...

With curves there come many other possibilities of street construction. You can build tunnels where ever you want them (even on flat terrain), you have dozens of types of bridges. You can play with levels too. For example you can build one road 5 meters above the ground as a overpass, and lay one, or more roads to pass under that road, so you don't need to intersect them. This is great for controlling traffic jams.

Monte Cristo, thank you for these curved streets!

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What is so great about maps and terrain in Cities XL?

Oh, boy! When you look at those screenshots in this article, can you see how HUGE these cities are? This is second the best feature in this city builder: really huge maps for building awesome grandiose cities.

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These great maps can hold up up to tens millions citizens. Not only that they are big, but also there is a whole bunch of different types of terrains. You can choose to build your city in desert. Maybe you are more like "Aspen" type of city builder. I prefer those on big rivers or coastal cities. I love to build cities with long beaches, where I will have opotunity to focus on tourism more than on the industry. Green cities are much more appealing than those industrial.

What is sure, is that you will have plenty of space to play around. Maps are really huge, and you won't be forced to avoid building big parks, squares and recreational areas in order to push your metropolis to one million citizens.

Rising Cities: New City Building Browser Game | Simulation of Real City
Rising Cities is the new browser game launched by German Bigpoint. It is free to play city building game: the best browser real city simulation game at the moment. It is cute, dynamic, multilevel paradise for SimCity lovers. You are put in the position of a mayor to control wide aspects of city's economy, industry, citizens' satisfaction and more.
This allows you to build nice wide low residential areas, or suburbs. This is what makes this simulation game even more realistic. Remember SimCity and it maps? After only week or two of playing you have the city that starts with high rise tenements, and no place for houses at all. In Cities XL you can actually build nice calm suburban areas, and still have huge residential and shopping districts.

The 3D view from the edge of the map on the city is just magnificent.
Have fun, and build it big!

Transportation and traffic control in Cities XL

There are few types of transportation cervices in this city builder simulation: trains, airplanes, ferries, subways and buses. Use them wisely and with more control than ever to manage ever growing traffic problems in Cities XL!

Aside from these, they have announced to put few more transportation services in the game: trams and bicycles. What amazed the most, when I sit to play it for the first time, was the fact that you can draw out your own desired bus lines.

In other similar city builder simulators you can only go to placing individual stops in the streets, and without plotting the bus lines. In most of games you can't even place the bus stops, but they are included in the roads. So you are simply laying down the roads, and bus transportation comes with it.

Well, now you have more freedom to manage bus transportation, which is the most important commuting service in your city. You fist need to place one big but station, which can support designated number of buses. Starting from that station, you go and draw your first bus line following the streets you want. You can even decide the specific location of every bus stop. After you finish with creating your first bus line, you can go on working with the second, third, fourth etc.

There is an overview window for every single bus route in your city. It tells you what is the percentage of the use, what money does it cost you, is it more used in morning hours, or in the afternoon... You can then see if this line covers your citizens' needs, or not. I LOVE IT!.

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Cities  XL: Why is it the best city builder game? THE CONCLUSION:

What more there is to be said, except that Cities XL brought many new features which made it the best city builder simulation.
Curved roads, great new transportation features, awesome bridges, huge maps, endless playing experience, hundreds of buildings available to you and more, and more, and more. Cities XL and its upgrades: Cities XL 2011 and 2012 are creating new brand that will live for long time, that is for sure.

There are many more features that deserve to have been told about in this article, but there is so little place for all of them. Lets save something for next post, OK?

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