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By Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Facebook sim promotes friending strangers and paying.

Game Facebook 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Fun and educational game is appropiate for all ages

My teenager has 400+ friends on Facebook, and she knows them all from school. Most kids nowadays have every kid in their grade, so you can play the game safely without adding strangers. CityVille is a educational yet fun game that contains no sex, alcohol, or drugs. It is a safe, fun, and cute game for all ages.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Perfect for kids 10 and up

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (9):

CityVille by Zynga is built off its success with FarmVille, FrontierVille, and CafeWorld. As a building simulation game, it can be used as a tool to teach decision-making and simple economics -- which trade route or crop brings you the best yield, or which business is the most profitable if franchised, for example. However, the game can be very addictive as it provides very simple action/reaction type rewards. Interaction with another city can reward the player with coins, experience points, reputation points, energy, and resources. Energy is the most important item in the game as most click actions require energy, including building anything, collecting rents, and even harvesting crops.

You gain energy over time and can earn it by visiting neighbors, having it be gifted, or buying it (with real money). In the early stages of the game, where a player might have only 10 buildings and farm plots to interact with, this is hardly an issue, but as the player's city grows, the need for energy becomes more urgent. Players will either have to create a large circle of neighbors or purchase energy in order to advance in the game -- the former can create privacy problems if players "friend" strangers.

Game Details

  • Platform: Facebook
  • Subjects: Social Studies: citizenship, the economy
  • Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork, Communication: friendship building
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Zynga
  • Release date: December 1, 2010
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: NR for Not Rated
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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