City Island 2 vs Megapolis

There are several city-building games available for mobile devices, both iOS and Android. Two of the more popular ones are City Island 2 and Megapolis. City Island 2 was released on June 9, 2014, and it was created by Sparkling Society, an app developer that also released Battle Empire: Roman Wars in addition to many City Island sequels and expansions. Megapolis came out on July 16 of 2015. Its developer is Social Quantum, who have developed several other games. Both games are city-building simulations that are free to play and have in-game purchases to help players progress faster or more easily.
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City Island 2 places the player in control of a small village on an island. The player oversees the growth of this community into a roaring city through a structured system of quests, experience, and leveling up. This provides some additional guidance and concrete, immediate goals to an otherwise extremely open-ended game. There are over 150 items to build on the island, from buildings to public transportation to parks and other decorative constructions. City Island 2 is a simple, yet addictive approach to city simulation that is easy to pick up and play for the casual user.
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Megapolis is somewhat more involved. It has over 700 possible constructions and a variety of map types. The architectural styles range from classical to contemporary and everything in between. Megapolis also provides for interactions between neighboring cities in a manner reminiscent of the older Sim City games. There is a system of achievements and small goals to check off on the way to becoming a huge city with infrastructure for power, transportation, trade, business, and entertainment. There are frequent updates from the developer that add new content to the game and provide bugfixes and optimization for better gameplay.
These two games are similar on the surface, but upon closer inspection there are many aspects that set them apart and makes them appeal to different audiences. City Island 2 is simpler, with more structure, less to worry about, and an approach that prioritizes accessible gameplay. It has great pick up and play potential and is well-suited to commuters or other people who just want to spend a little time each day with a fun simulation. On the other hand, Megapolis is more involved, with greater depth of gameplay and more options for objects to construct. Megapolis is loaded with content and doesn’t have as much guidance and structure as City Island 2. It is more immersive and engaging, but takes a little more time to master. On the whole Megapolis proves to have more substance, and its popularity bears this out. While the difference in their review scores on the Google Play store, for example, is very close at 4.2 for Megapolis and 4.1 for City Island 2, Megapolis has many more downloads than City Island 2. Tellingly, Sparkling Society released a sequel to City Island 2 within a month of that game’s release, while Social Quantum has focused on expanding and improving Megapolis.
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If you are into city simulation games, both City Island 2 and Megapolis provide an entertaining and fun mobile experience whether you are on a smartphone or table. However, if you are interested in a good, deep city-builder, Megapolis provides more depth and more active involvement from the developer. The fact that both of them are free to play means that there is absolutely no reason not to try out both and see which one feels better, because they do have different playing experiences.
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