IBM CityOne

7.3 Overall Score
Gameplay: 7/10
Sounds: 6/10
Graphics: 7/10

Rich in content | Great concept

Restricted game mechanics | Can get boring after a while

NOTE: this game has been discontinued. Find similar games here: Modern Cities.

IBM CityOne is a strange little city builder. It is in no way bad, actually a lot of fun to play, but it offers a completely new approach. It is something that you will not see often. Even so, it is exciting and offers the type of entertainment that you want. You can enjoy every bit of this game from the moment that you start. Whether you are trying to solve a water crisis or dealing with traffic congestion, you will find yourself mesmerized by this game. It is addictive and it gives you a brand new way to deal with the problems that face building up a city.

As always, IBM CityOne, as a city builder, has you focus on improving the city. You start with something in rather terrible condition, but you have the chance to make it better. You can do it, and you can see it come to life before your very eyes.

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Watch as your efforts turn this city into a more functional, attractive version of itself. Since the current state of the city faces numerous challenges, making it rundown and obsolete and unable to compete in any way or provide the expected quality of living, you will have a lot of work in front of you. Thankfully, with time, you can see a positive change.

You will have to approach IBM CityOne differently than you do other games. Yeah, it is a city builder, but not in the same way as other city builders. Here, you have to focus on four areas: Water, energy, retail, and banking. These four areas are highly important to any city. In order for a city to grow, to do well, it has to make sure that these four areas are thriving. You will face various issues with these four areas and make choices to improve them. Over 100 situations will arise over the course of this game and you will have to manage them all.

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Unlike most other games, there is not an infinite amount of time to work on your city. You have a set amount of turns and you can only focus on certain areas throughout these turns. You can choose the area on which you want to work and then you can do the work. Problems, such as traffic congestion, require immediate solutions. Once you finish up, click to end your turn and move on to the next part. This is turn based gameplay unlike any you have had before.

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After your turns are up, you will receive a score. This is a score that looks at your time with IBM CityOne and judges you based on that. Whether you were successful or not is figured out here. Along with seeing your own score, you can compare your experience with others. See how well you did when seeing your score alongside the scores of others. If you want to do better, then replay and make different choices. Thanks to so many different situations, you can replay often.

IBM CityOne is free to play.

NOTE: this game has been discontinued. Find similar games here: Modern Cities.

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