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SimCity BuildIt

By Electronic Arts

Editors’ Choice

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Welcome, Mayor! Be the hero of your very own city as you design and create a beautiful, bustling metropolis. Every decision is yours as your city gets larger and more intricate. Make smart choices to keep your citizens happy and your skyline growing. Then trade, chat, compete, and join clubs with fellow Mayors. Build your way to extraordinary with the most popular city builder on mobile!

Build skyscrapers, parks, landmarks, factories, and much more! Place buildings strategically to keep the taxes flowing and your city growing. Solve real-life challenges like traffic, fires, and pollution. Provide services like power plants and police departments, and boost your population with parks and education. Keep traffic moving with grand avenues and streetcars. Take on fun challenges to shape your society.

Expand along the beach with a marina, waterpark, and luxury beachfront. Build a Tokyo-style neighborhood and unlock exclusive landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty. Discover innovative technologies with Future Cities and get athletic with sports stadiums. Hit the town with Las Vegas buildings and go Hollywood with movie studios. There’s always something new and different to make your city unique.

Compete in real-time PvP with Club Wars, where you strategize with Mayor’s Club members and declare war on other cities. Once the battle is on, unleash crazy disasters on opponents, like the Disco Twister and Plant Monster, to do damage and watch the wreckage happen live. Earn disaster cards, SimCash, and other valuables to use in battle or to improve your city. Also, take on other players in the Contest of Mayors. Complete weekly challenges and climb the ranks to advance through Leagues. Become a top Mayor and get rewards that can upgrade and beautify your city.

Join a Mayor’s Club to trade supplies with other members and chat about strategies and available resources. Collaborate to help someone complete their personal vision and get support to complete yours. Build big, work together, lead other Mayors, and watch your city come to life!

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What's New in Version 1.20.3

Happy holidays, Mayor!
This holiday season, enjoy lots of festive fun, including Snowflakes, a limited-time in-game currency. Use your Snowflakes to play the Mayor’s Gift Game, where you can get holiday-themed buildings and more – updated each week! You can also unleash new Club Wars disaster cards like Magnetism, experience over one hundred new chat icons, and mute and block other Mayors. Thanks for playing!


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Customer Reviews

Needs fixes and update

Okay first I’ll say, when producing items for the snowflakes, it’s Extremely frustrating when you spend time buying and making items and then start producing the items for the snowflake, and then all of a sudden the snowflake changes to a different item out of nowhere.
Second. There should be a way to add friends, without using Facebook. My Facebook is used for professional use and I do not want to create another just for a game. I have come across other cities through groups I would like to keep as my friend but I can’t because they aren’t my Facebook friends and that is a bummer.
Third. There should be a way to access our personal inventory while in someone else’s city, so we know what we have and can compare it to what we need.
Besides that I will say this is a very fun and addictive game. I have been playing the sims games since the started on the PC version, I play sim city and free play and enjoy them both a lot. With a few fixes and updates I would easily change to a five star rating. Hope you guys take our feed backs seriously as I have seen others say the same thing I’m saying and then some!

Money hungry developers

I get that they have to make money to run the app but, it's completely money driven. Leveling up takes FOREVER unless you have cash, and even then cash is way overpriced. Collecting items you need to expand anything is impossible, you will never find it in the global trade and if you do, chances are someone else will buy it before you do. Expanding the storage is the biggest rip off, only gives you 5 extra slots at a time and you have to collect like 30 stupid items to even expand, which takes up the majority of your freakin storage!!! So you can only save up for one thing at a time, which just takes you even longer to expand your city, storage, beach, whatever. absolutely ridiculous. I have quit playing a often as I used to but I still get on from time to time. New holiday update is impossible to reach, again, without having cash or speed up tokens. Could be a way better game if everything wasn't rigged up to be a scam.

Typical EA Greed

Let’s be honest, this game used to be fun. The graphics are great, and mechanics are well executed for touch (phones/tablets). Growing cities became increasingly more difficult as you progressed, which was fine, and added a degree of challenge/difficulty. Even, getting rare items for expansion and buying rare buildings was difficult, but was possible if you played the game a reasonable amount of time.

Then came the latest update. EA nerfed the ability to get rare items so bad, the game is nearly unplayable. A simcash reward used to be anywhere from 4-9, now you get 1...maybe 2. The only way to get rare items now is to pay...that’s right, forced microtransactions. They’ve also implemented a “winter event” that is clearly akin to a gambling scheme. Has EA no shame?!?

I get that most of these games make money off of the microtransactions, but do you really need to take it to the point that the ONLY way to progress is to pay actual money? I understand that “if you don’t like it, just don’t play the game”...and I will likely drop it. It’s just unfortunate that a company has taken a title I’ve cherished for so long and ruined it. It’s also unfortunate to drop the game when you’ve already invested so much time and effort.

If you’re new to the game, I’d say skip it.

It seems EA’s “games as a service” approach is little more than a money grab, and is ruining cherished titles like Sim City in the process.

SimCity BuildIt
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.20.3
  • Size: 122 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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