Megapolis

Common Sense Media says

Cross-platform building sim shines with real-world graphics.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can share game updates on their Facebook newsfeed. Players must have other friends playing the game in order to receive items to complete certain building projects, which may tempt players to "friend" strangers.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • money

Social Studies

  • the economy
  • citizenship

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Megapolis is visually appealing with life-like animations. Quests keep players coming back for more. While not as social or fun as CityVille, Megapolis is an unintimidating sim that will appeal to the casual crowd.

Learning Approach

Subjects aren't covered in too much depth, but could serve as a jumping off point to explore more complex and realistic building sims. Kids are told what to do through quests rather than being free to experiment.

Support

Megapolis offers ample tutorials and hints to keep players moving in the right direction. The game relies heavily on menus, but offers kids a way to click directly to the item for which they're looking.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • money

Social Studies

  • the economy
  • citizenship

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook, iPhone
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Social Quantum
Release date:December 31, 2012
Genre:Simulation

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHelloThere107 March 8, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Awesome!!!

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" strangers, there is no possible interaction with them. (besides viewing their city) There aren't really any places to post a comment on a friend's wall either. You do have the option of posting things on Facebook though.
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old March 28, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

:3

Facebook is means for all the above. But I think you should just get it on mobile.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns

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