Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SimCity for iPhone/iPod Touch

I have always been a huge fan of the SimCity games ever since I first got SimCity 3000 Unlimited. This was merely a starting (excluding the year I spent on my next door neighbors Macintosh Plus play the original). I have since played all the version available on the PC and have my various likes and dislikes regarding all of them. But imaging my excitment when I found SimCity for the iPhone.

The iPhone release of SimCity seems to be greatly based on the SimCity 3000 release of the PC game, although some modifications have been made in order for the touch control of the iPhone/iPod interface.I find though my big problem that I am constantly trying to look around my fingers in order to lay roads or zones etc. Much prefer a mouse and keyboard when playing this type of game.Although, I was happy to find that the graphics where redefined for the release which seems to make the game more efficient and less time is spent on rendering.EA Games have done an excellent job in porting this game for the iPhone/iPod and will recommend it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Review: Evony

Evony (www.evony.com) is an massively multiplayer online game designed to allow users to build cities and create nations.

The browser based game starts with the user defining who they and what their game name is going to be. From there, users can start creating their empire.

The encourages players through the development of their cities using quests as a checklist. While building cottages, farms, cities walls and more, players cities slowly develop into empires. All players have the ability to talk to other players as well as making alliances with other cities as wars do happen.

For new players, there is a grace period of 7 days to allow newbies to build their cities up enough to get a good decent start in the game.

Because the game is browser based, the game can be played on almost any platform, so long as it has a web browser that can display Adobe Flash. Even slow internet connections will be able to play as it is not graphic entensive.

Evony is played in realtime. Meaning that building your city can take from minutes, hours or even days. For example, a level 1 cottage will take less than five mintues to complete. Where as upgrading your town hall can take 2 hours. Upgrading city walls can take days. Rules define that anything under five minutes and be "Sped Up" for free. However, anything that takes longer than five minutes will require users to purchase "Coins".

"Coins" requires users to pay evony for the in-game currency which can be used to buy items such as the ability to speed up build times on buildings taking longer than five minutes to player guides.

Communication is easy give the chat window located at the bottom of the game window allowing players to chat to other either isolated to a chosen aliance or to those in the "World". Also, Evony creators have provided a forum for Game and other general discussion.

Generally, players understand an etiquette while also not affraid to excersice their right to wage war on others.

Overall, the game is good if you have the time and patience. Being realtime, everything happens very slowly. If you're looking for action packed, this is not the game for you. However strategy skills are very useful in Evony in order to succeed.

Tip: For people thinking of looking me up in the game, my name is Glorshia on Server 38.