Wow, its been a while since I last posted on here. Sorry about that folks. School has been absolutely crazy. Alright, lets see what its time to talk about. Google+ has gone live, and with it came Google+ games so lets take a look at one of these new games.
City of Wonder is your fairly straight forward social game. You level up quickly in the beginning and then slightly slower as you continue on. Like many civilization building games, City of Wonder involves building structures, gaining prestige and population and tech trees. Also, like every other social media based building game that I am aware of, everything is based on real-world time. It is also a multiplayer game, played with your friends on Google+, where you can visit other people’s civilizations and help them to build certain structures.
The tech trees start from the Stone Age and go through to the modern day, although it doesn’t require things to be strictly researched in order. As long as you have the proceeding requirements, you can research anything. For example, despite the fact that I don’t have construction yet, I can totally get cavalry any time I would like.
So far, I’m really enjoying this game. It has a lot of the things I like from your standard online civilization building game, including cute little animations in my city, and it lets me play easily with my friends. It also doesn’t have the annoying hunger mechanics that a lot games have. All I have to do is keep some cultural items in my city and my people take care of themselves.
Here’s a shot of the main game screen containing my city. As you can see, I have a lot of different kinds of buildings in my little place. The screen is fairly well organized, keeping my main focus placed in the middle of the screen and putting the interface tools around the border. For example, across the top you can see the name of my city and its population, my experience, silver, gold and level and my current research item and its progress. Across the bottom are the tabs for other tools I might want to use, such as the research tab, the building tab and the exploration tab. Normally, you can also see your friends and their levels across the bottom, but I cut my friends off the picture. Sorry guys!
This here is the buildings tab on the marvels sub-tab which allows you to build such awesome things as a pyramid. You might notice that some items are outlined in gold and have the cost in gold. Gold is the microtransaction currency of City of Wonders. One of the things I particularly like about this game is that unlike many other microtransaction games, I can play quite successfully without needing to purchase gold. There are two tech tree segments you can only get if you pay for them, steam punk and magic, but periodically I’ve been getting gold rewards in-game and I think I might just be able to save up for those ages.
In conclusion, City of Wonder is a pretty nice game. Quite well made considering its a social media game, which I generally have very little faith in, and in beta no less. I am enjoying playing it with my friends and would recommend that others try it. If you aren’t on Google+ yet, shame on you. Overall, I award City of Wonder 4 out of 5 hearts.