Rising Cities – The Diverse City Construction Simulator for your Browser
City Construction Simulator – Have you always wanted to name a city after yourself? Well you’re in luck because in the free-to-play city construction simulator, you can do just that! Put your tactical know how to the test to build the biggest metropolis in the world. But can this free-to-play browser game really keep up with such genre giants like SimCity? We tested it out for you…
In this free-to-play browser game Rising Cities you have been appointed the new mayor of city in desperate need of a makeover. In order to achieve your goal you’ll need to think about creating suitable infrastructure as well as, of course, looking after the needs of the population. Read on to find what else you can expect to experience.
In Rising Cities, you start the game with just a small, green plot of land, which you’ll need to occupy with new living quarters and production sites. The more houses you build, the more attractive your city will be to new arrivals. And as your inhabitants won’t want to live in the dark, you’ll also have to think about building a suitable power plant. But who wants to live next to a coal power plant? In this game you’ll need to create a balance between practicality and attractiveness and this isn’t always easy. In fact, throughout the 75 levels, the needs of your inhabitants will get more and more difficult to meet. That means you’ll have to think strategically and implement tactical urban planning in order to keep your population happy.
There are a total of 140 different buildings available throughout the game. These include living quarters, production sites, commercial buildings, power plants, amenities and road connections. Each building can be upgraded throughout the game 3 separate times in order to optimise the rate of production and efficiency. So you’ll only be able to achieve the ultimate goal if you maintain a complex balance of upgrading various buildings while keeping the needs of your population in mind.
Development and Production
In the free-to-play browser game Rising Cities there are a total of 30 different raw materials, which you’ll need to construct new buildings or care for your inhabitants. You’ll need wood and cork for your buildings for example, while your population will prefer tomatoes, beer and sushi. The basic materials are delivered to the supermarkets, which will then ensure a steady supply of goods to the local community. This means that you’ll need to think strategically when placing your supermarkets and that you have enough roads connecting them. Only once you’ve achieved this balance between industry and residential space, will your population be content.
Taxation and the Class System
Even the amount of taxes, and with it the amount of money you have at your disposal, is dependent on the wellbeing of your citizens. You’ll even have access to new citizen classes once you’ve reached a high enough level. At the beginning, you’ll only have access to the blue-collar workers but later on, students and capitalists will become available. Blue-collar workers generate production points, which you’ll need to produce products. Students create education points, which can then be used to educate the masses. You’re also able to assign different skill points to individual inhabitants to ensure that all areas of industry are covered. Finally the capitalists generate additional income.
Regular New Tasks
It’s really worth playing Rising Cities on a regular basis as you’ll receive a bonus every single day. There are even various missions which take place at different intervals. These can only be done manually and bring with them varying experience and skill points for your population. If that’s not enough for you, there are countless quests, missions and events to try out, as well as bonuses to compete for. That means that there is enough in-game content to make both the casual and hardcore gamer happy.
The free-to-play browser game Rising Cities has been developed with a 2.5D comic book design in mind. It’s really obvious in the attention to detail that this game has had a lot of TLC poured into it. Every citizen, building and vehicle has their own feel and animation to them. This, as well as other factors, ensure that the game and all its elements are fully animated and have a professional feeling of fluidity. This is all rounded off by the realistic background noises and the best part is, they aren’t annoying either. In conclusion, the audio and visual effects add to a very pleasant in-game atmosphere and round off a skillfully put-together game.
- Challenging Tasks – There are 75 levels to complete, each with increasing demands and expectations from your population
- Diverse Architecture – Construct up to 140 different buildings within different categories and with up to 3 different upgrade levels
- Exciting Missions – Complete new daily missions and take part in exciting events alone or together with friends
- Optimisation Required – Success lies in optimising resources and production as well as your logistic and delivery infrastructure
- Citizen Skill System – The class system (worker, student and capitalist) offers a unique skill system with various bonuses
- Compelling Atmosphere – Rising Cities delivers detailed 2.5D graphics with a compelling comic book aesthetic
The Bottom Line
The free-to-play browser city construction simulator Rising Cities will appeal to all budding urban planners, and to those want to dabble. You’re guaranteed never to get bored thanks to the countless quests and events on offer as well as the infinite possibilities expanding your city. The compelling graphics and audio additions round the game up nicely. So the question is, has our review peaked your interest? Then put your urban planning hat on and test out your skills to become the best mayor the world has ever seen!
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