FarmVille vs City Island 4

FarmVille vs City Island 4


FarmVille probably needs no introduction. Developed by mega-giant mobile developer Zynga, FarmVille. First released in 2009, FarmVille has seen untold millions of players and was, at least in my memory, one of the first huge mobile social games that stated to infiltrate everything. My aunt who never even dreamed of player a computer game was suddenly addicted and wouldn’t talk of anything else. City Island 4: Sim Town Tycoon was released in only 2015, but comes from the impressive developers over at Sparkling Society, who have polished and refined their take on the tycoon genre into an art.

At its basic premise, FarmVille is about planting crops, harvesting them when the time is ready, and selling or using what you grow to make your farm bigger and better. Of course that barely scratches the surface of what makes FarmVille so fun, and so addictive, to so many people. As befits a game that’s been out for almost seven years, it is packed full of content. You can customize your farm, and your avatar, to your heart’s content. Angry bulls, truffle-hunting pigs, rare seeds, hidden buildings; there is so much to do, learn, and explore.

City Island 4

City Island 4 is perhaps one of the most beautiful city building games to come on mobile. The art style is the perfect blend between detailed, characterful, and appealing, and the game really shines as it moves between night, and day, summer and snow. A city builder lives and dies on the extent to which the player feels in control and they’re making meaningful decisions (something City Island 4 masters), but something must be said for how intangibly good it feels to expand your city in this game. When you get to the later stages you really feel like you developed something to be proud of.



Farmville and City Island 4 are very different games, though they both share the common genres of management and simulation. FarmVille focuses on raising a farm, tending to plants, caring for livestock, building a handful of structures, and unlocking tools to help manage the increasingly complexity of farm life. It’s a smaller, though no less complicated experience, than City Island 4, which has you overseeing a modestly sized city brimming with character and options.
This is one shared element of both games I really like. While many simulation games try to give you control of the world or the universe, they fail to make any of it feel interesting or real. In City Island 4, you feel the weight of every decision. Even if your city is a little smaller than in other games, it has so much more deoth and you feel so much more ownership, that it ends up feeling like a much larger and more meaningful game. The same can be said of Farmville, where even just planting a few plots of wheat had me more engaged than moving armies or building nations in others.



Both Farmville and City Island 4 are fun, engaging, rewarding mobile games. They foster a sense of ownership and character in their worlds that make you want to return to them again and again and expand just a little more. Though dealing with different subject matter, they nail what it is that makes building games so nice to return to on a busy or lazy day. Both can be found on the Android and Apple game stores, and are each part of a series of games that offer variations on the same solid gameplay.