A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Megapolis is a cross-platform city simulation that can be played on Facebook, and iOS and Android mobile devices. The game is free to play, but players can spend real money to advance more quickly. Players with more Facebook friends also playing the game will have an advantage since friends can exchange items needed for building construction.
What's it about?
In MEGAPOLIS, players take on the role of mayor and build a city from the ground up by managing the construction of residential, industrial, and commercial buildings as well as roads, decorations, and power sources. Players must juggle power, water, and population levels to keep the city thriving. New buildings produce resources like goods and taxes. Certain building projects require special materials that can be acquired by asking friends, or spending real money to purchase.
Is it any good?
Where other city building games have used thematic gimmicks to stand out from the crowd (such as Greenspace's environmental theme, or WeTopia's real-life charity angle), Megapolis opts for realistic "real-world" graphics and solid, by-the-numbers gameplay that relies on quests to move the player through each step. The big appeal is that Megapolis is a truly cross-platform city builder. Players can access their city from both Facebook and a mobile device running iOS or Android, which is quite an unusual perk.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about online privacy and staying safe while online. Why might it not be a good idea to allow strangers to see your Facebook profile?
Discuss how Facebook's privacy features can be used to prevent strangers from seeing your personal information.
What is the most challenging aspect of city planning? Keeping citizens happy, raising enough money, or something else?
- Platforms: Facebook, iPhone
- Subjects: Social Studies: citizenship, the economy
Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
Communication: friendship building
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: Free with Microtransactions
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Social Quantum
- Release date: December 31, 2012
- Genre: Simulation
- ESRB rating: NR
For kids who love simulation games
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