A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players earn rewards for helping citizens with random tasks, such as helping a mother find her baby's pacifier, or helping an old man find his lost pet. Players are also encouraged to send gifts to neighbors to help them out.
Positive Role Models
Each new "Urbie" that moves in encourages the player to build something new for the betterment of the city.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is geared towards casual gamers, and is simple and intuitive. Everything is controlled via left mouse clicks, and the player receives guidance about what to do next through tutorials and quests.
Products & Purchases
A premium currency called Downtown Dollars can be used to speed up the game and buy exclusive items. Players are prompted to buy the currency (with real money) if they don't have enough Downtown Dollars to perform an action. There are ever-present links to the developer's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that RamaCity is a browser-based building simulation with social elements like the ability to add neighbors and send virtual gifts. The game is free to play, but players can spend real money to speed up the game and buy exclusive items. Players can "friend" strangers, but there's no in-game chat. The game does have a link to an online forum where neighbor requests to strangers can be made, but that is optional.
Is It Any Good?
RamaCity shares a lot in common with other Facebook social games like CityVille, but the major difference is that it can be enjoyed without adding any neighbors, so privacy issues are less of a concern. Kids will learn the basics of city planning, such as not building houses next to a nuclear power plant. The game can be addictive, and players will eventually reach a point where they must either wait a long time for anything to happen, or spend premium currency to speed things up. The quests are shallow and repetitive, and don't offer much incentive to keep playing. The real fun comes in seeing the city expand and watching the fun antics of the well-animated citizens that populate it as they barbecue food, hammer and saw, and stroll up and down the streets.
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