Parents' Guide to

SimCity BuildIt

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Decent city builder marred by "freemium" model.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 2+
Its a game for an older crowd. I feel that a lot of comments are saying " too advanced for my kid "0" stars, well maybe give them a game they can comprehend. I dont give a bad review to a kindergarden teacher why my child isnt passing grade 12 math.... This is a good game
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age 2+

Glitchy and lots of bugs.

Most gameplay requires money. So disappointed that EA has ruined such a classic game.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (7):

SimCity BuildIt may look a lot like a typical SimCity game, but it's more like FarmVille or any other popular, time-based resource game. Although the city-building theme is fun, this is yet another app that tests your patience by forcing you to wait increasing amounts of time for resources to be built so you can expand your town -- or cough up some real-world cash to hurry things along. If those waits don't bother you, you'll have plenty of fun with the game, but there's little here that stands out from other titles in the same genre, despite the app's well-respected brand.

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