CityVille by Zynga is a Facebook game that’s social, time-consuming and dangerously addictive… The game’s main objective is to build a city. To build your city you use Coins, witch you earn from Businesses, and Energy. You gain 1 Energy every 5 minutes. For yourÂ businessesÂ to earn you Coins you have to supply them with Goods. To get Goods you either have to farm Crops or send Boats around the world. The longer the trip, the more Goods you get. Now, businesses wouldn’t run without people. Your population need houses. To build houses, you use Energy and Coins.
To be able to build houses your city needs to have Community Buildings. These buildings raises your maximum population. These Community Buildings usually need you toÂ acquire a lot of special items or hire a group of your Neighbors (Facebook friends) as crews for the buildings.
Your Energy is also used to collect Rent from your houses, and revenue from your businesses. You can also collect from your Community Buildings. Every timeÂ you collect, you also gain XP (experience), and sometimes Energy.
Another aspect of the game areÂ Goals. Goals are like quest you have to accomplish to earn a reward and get a new goal. Goals often consist of building a building or collecting something. Once you complete a goal, you get a new one.
To get anywhere in this game, you have to haveÂ Neighbors. Your neighbors will show as a bar with Facebook profile-pictures on the bottom of your screen. You can click their picture to send them a gift or visit them. When you visit them you gain a little bit of coin, some XP and 1 energy. Visiting neighbors will get you a lot more energy to work with, and gifts help you get buildings completed. To be able to expand your city, you need an item called a Zoning Permit witch will be gifted by neighbors.
Now, when you gain some level in this game, your energy-pool (witch stops at 30 if you log out to wait for more) will hold you back. When you’ve built a lot ofÂ businessesÂ who need a lot of Goods, you’ll spend all your energy harvesting boats and crops, and you won’t have any more to build anything or collect your buildings. This is when Zynga wants you to pay for this. For real money, you can buy coins or cash, that you can use to buy more energy or items.
Well, they won’t get me!