Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Cross-platform building sim shines with real-world graphics.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about money, citizenship, the economy, and following directions as they complete quests to expand their city. The various sectors (industrial, commercial, residential) rely on each other to an extent, since a certain amount of power, water, population, and cash is required to expand. However, some things are unrealistic, such as allowing buildings that aren't next to roads to open for business. Megapolis puts kids in charge of building and designing a city but misses some opportunities to teach civic planning.

Positive Messages

All of the in-game quests are designed to benefit and grow the city in some way, whether it's adding beaches and park land for recreation, building houses to increase the population, or constructing wind mills for power.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Citizens give the player quests and advice designed to help improve the city. They convey a sense of enthusiasm about making the city bigger and more successful. 

Ease of Play

Everything is controlled with the mouse, and players are given plenty of guidance about what to do next via quests.


Players can purchase a premium currency, Megabucks, to buy materials without having to ask friends for help, and to speed up quests. Pop-ups appear from time to time advertising sales on Megabucks.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the buildings players can add to the city is a pub.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJoe o. July 23, 2017

Its a REAL money sucking game......

Its very fun-BUT YOU NEED TO BE BILL GATES OR WARREN BUFFET to play this game. The creators tell you by getting new levels and more friends you progress. True b... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHelloThere107 March 8, 2013


This game is very fun. You can build and design a small city, working to make your city prosper to greatness. Though you may have to "friend" strang... Continue reading

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?

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For kids who love simulation games

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