"All in all, the app is pretty fantastic ... a wonderful addition to anyone’s iPad." -Board Game Geek
"An accessible and interesting game, and we recommend it for budding strategists and architects alike." -Pocket Gamer
"Overall, Suburbia is pretty awesome. It plays well, looks good, has lasting replay value ... There’s simply not much to complain about." -148Apps
Ted Alspach's best selling city-building board game is now on iOS! The winner of the prestigious Mensa Select Mind Games award challenges you to manage a growing metropolis. Choose your strategy carefully as you compete against your friends or multiple computer personalities. Or take on the Campaign and travel to real-life cities, each with unique goals.
Build residential, commercial, civic, and industrial areas like stores, museums, airports, and of course suburbs. The market is always changing, so spend your cash wisely. Be careful not to grow too quickly, or you'll lose both income and your reputation. Make the right moves to grow your population and you will emerge victorious!
• Two to four player local pass-and-play games
• Six unique AI (computer) personalities
• Single Player Campaign
• Interactive Tutorial
• Rule Book, Strategy Tips, Tile Reference, and Goal Reference
• Player Stats
• Over 70 different buildings
• Essen SPIEL Expansion, Game Con Bonus Tiles, and Nightlife Expansion
This release adds an option for all new tile graphics from the Collector's Edition board game. The Tile Reference has been updated so that details of both versions of all tiles, including expansions, can be viewed. The New Game and Game Over scoring screens have also been updated to be easier to read on phones. Finally, several minor issues, including issues with the Nightlife expansion, have been resolved.
Ratings and Reviews
Interesting, different, challenging
It’s quite clean, graphically, though it seems to have a bit of trouble fitting onto an iPad screen - on some levels you end up scrolling quite a bit too much.
It has some very poor instructions at various points - multiple times I’ve “lost” a level because the instructions were completely unclear, and I couldn’t tell until the first failure what they actually wanted. If you’re patient enough to ignore that, you do get past it eventually.
The gameplay itself is very cerebral - you need to think pretty far ahead in order to stand a reasonable chance of success.
The single-player levels offer an interesting variety of challenges, though the difficulty thereof varies randomly from trivial to completely unforgiving. It’d be nice if they’d balanced them a little better - it’s frustrating to not be able to actually pick an appropriate difficulty level. On a related note, it’d be better to begin with if it just awarded you up to three stars depending on your degree of success, rather than making you choose the target number of stars at the outset and then giving you a mere pass or fail against them. It’s needlessly frustrating to exceed the three-star requirements while playing on only one-star, and missing all credit for your achievement.
Bugs galore still
I waited for the first update to shell out the 4.99 for this game hoping all the issues I had read previously were resolved and I'm disappointed. While I'm sure local play (which still deceives because this implies being able to play others on the same local wifi or Bluetooth - which it doesn't and should be changed back to pass and play since that's really what it is) may be working better, online multiplayer is terrible. We got two rounds in (three iPads in same room on same wifi using online multi option) and one player's turn would never finalize so we could never get to the next player's turn. Whether it was a server issue or not, I do not know. The tile was placed, the check mark tapped and stats updated but then hung there indefinitely. Even after forcing the app quit and retrying - since no other option could be made. Local online via wifi or Bluetooth is a must. Shame it isn't an option since pretty much every other game of this caliber and prestige has the option. It seems the creators of this game haven't learned from the masters (Carcassone, Ascension, Lords of Warerdeep, etc.). And was it even playtested? Please please please make this game all it really can be - because right now, I'd rather play my physical copy than this sadly lacking and buggy app.
Challenging single player
The single player campaign is challenging and enjoyable, but really needs a "Replay" button. It's rather inefficient (read: annoying) to have to quit to the city selection screen to replay the city challenge you just lost, or received a bum opening market in. Please add a "Replay" button to the (i) popup (that sows the EXIT button) and also to the summary screen at the end of the game, especially when you fail.
Having never played the physical boardgame, I must say the tutorial leaves much to be desired. While it tells me quite clearly how everything works, it is rather short on the WHY. I had to download the full rules to understand the mechanics of the game.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.