Sometimes, you just want to build. Even if it’s just for two minutes while in line or waiting for a movie to start. For city-building on the go, Micropolis! is your game.
Its creator, Everywear Games, has pulled off the same trick they did last year with Field Day. Like that adorable farming game, Micropolis! plays superbly on both iPhone and Apple Watch. Its secret is boiling down a complex genre into the essentials that make it fun.
Simple mechanics lay the foundation. Starting in ancient times, you form a town by spending gold to build new structures and make them larger. As buildings get bigger, they crank out more gold per second, unlock other buildings and add much-needed people. Once you hit 1,000 population, you can continue the construction for more bonuses – or leap 500 years into the future and start again in a later era.
The controls are easy-peasy: Scroll through your city super-quick either by swiping (iPhone) or using the Digital Crown (Apple Watch), and do everything else with simple taps. Visually, Micropolis! cleverly balances minimalism (you never see residents or workers) with a charming art style that makes every era welcoming.
On iPhone or Apple Watch, we love how this game lets us create to our heart’s content.