"All in all, the app is pretty fantastic ... a wonderful addition to anyone’s iPad." -Board Game Geek
"An accessible and interesting game, and we recommend it for budding strategists and architects alike." -Pocket Gamer
"Overall, Suburbia is pretty awesome. It plays well, looks good, has lasting replay value ... There’s simply not much to complain about." -148Apps
Ted Alspach's city-building board game is now on iOS! The winner of the prestigious 2013 Mensa Select Mind Games award challenges you to manage a growing metropolis. Choose your strategy carefully as you compete against multiple computer personalities, your friends, and players around the world. Or take on the Single Player Campaign, and travel to real-life cities, each with unique goals.
Build residential, commercial, civic, and industrial areas like stores, museums, airports, and of course suburbs. The market is always changing, so spend your cash wisely. Be careful not to grow too quickly, or you'll lose both income and your reputation. Make the right moves to grow your population and you will emerge victorious!
• Two to four player Local Pass-and-Play games
• Six unique AI (computer) personalities
• Single Player Campaign
• Asynchronous turn-based Online Multiplayer through Game Center
• Interactive Tutorial
• Rule Book, Strategy Tips, Tile Reference, and Goal Reference
• English and German language tiles
• Over 50 different buildings
• Unlock Essen SPIEL Expansion tiles
• Resolved interface issues with Online Multiplayer screens on iPhone
• Now a Universal app that will run on iPhone as well as iPad (iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 7, or 7 Plus recommended)
Ratings and Reviews
Great game, medium app
-- Tutorial is incomplete. It gives a very basic understanding of game/interface, but leaves off important details like income and reputation go down when population increases.
-- Single player campaign is an interesting challenge. Recommended.
-- Single player campaign is frustrating because there are no saves. Switch apps for too long and you will be reset.
-- The tile, income, and population are all computed at once. This is a good use of technology, but is bad for learning the game. I spend most of my time trying to figure out why the numbers are changing. I usually fail.
-- That said, the tile scoring summary would be greatly improved if (a) moved so it doesn't cover other tiles, and (b) gave more icon information like it does for the population speed bumps.
-- Can't do anything during another player's turn. Instead of disabling everything, only disable the two rows of the market.
— Async games act weird.
- (minor) I don't like the white background, especially at night. Something darker with some texture might contrast the hexes better.
- (minor) The plus signs are difficult to distinguish from minus signs (iPad mini retina).
- (minor) Wish there was an option to have the borough board be at the bottom so that the suburb grows up. The board game allows this.
- (minor?) Allow players to choose between two secret goals.
The game itself is good. Very puzzle like.
Unsure about the app
I am a very long time fan of this game and no it well. I just got the app and I like the app as well. However, after playing two games and being confused about how the app was adding up my income, I decided to double check it. I am very confident that it is not adding up my income correctly. It is hard to tell because you can’t see how many deductions you have from the population board, but I am showing that I should have an income of 26 minus population deductions. My population is 28. The game is showing me with an income of 15. If it isn’t adding up the effects of the tiles correctly then the game is unplayable because you cannot strategically select tiles. I would really appreciate a response, refund, or help in understanding this. Maybe I am missing something, but like I said, I am a long time fan of the board game and know it well. I don’t think I am mistaken.
Description of challenge doesn't match actual success criteria
Just played the easy Salt Lake City challenge and could not figure out how I failed to "connect all the tiles". Searching online, I found a post from the company founder stating that all the suburb tiles needed to also be connected. The text setting up the challenge make no mention of this and make it impossible to win if you don't know that. I would have thought that a board game designer would use more precise instructions. Only buy this if you're looking for a game that doesn't tell you how to win and you love fumbling blindly trying to figure out the rules.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.