What parents need to know
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.
What's it about?
RAMACITY allows players to create a thriving city by building residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational structures, laying roads and pathways, and placing trees and other decorations. Each structure serves a different function: power plants generate energy, which allows players to perform more actions; residential buildings entice more citizens to move in, which increases the player's overall level; factories produce goods, which can be sold at shops for cash. Recreational buildings like camps and parks increase happiness.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about city planning. Why don't citizens like to live near factories, power plants, and other industrial buildings? Why is it important for residential areas to be close to amenities like stores and playgrounds?
Families can also talk about online privacy and staying safe while online. Is it a good idea to accept neighbor requests from strangers?