I used to be a Cityville player…I’ll admit it. I was never a fan of Zynga games, or Facebook games in general but the other staff members here at FleshEatingZipper conned me in to playing it and, for a time, I fell in love. After a while, though, the sheen wore off and I couldn’t be bothered to log in any more. Still yearning for my sim fix, from time to time, I went searching and found Paradise Island on the marketplace.
I read a little about it and thought I’d give it a try so I waited through the download and fired it up. The game walked me through a quick tutorial and set me loose.
My first impression was that this smacks of a Maxis game. This is a good thing because, beside The Sims, I’ve always been a fan of Maxis games. I looked over the help file and went to work building some structures.
The game moves along at a pretty good clip in the beginning, similar to Cityville, while you go around and put up new buildings, improve them, repair them, build new stuff and attract more visitors. As you go on, buildings and improvements get more expensive so the pace tends to slow down a bit but, unlike Cityville, you needn’t worry about running out of energy whilst trying to collect your virtual rent or building new spots for the tourists to hang out. You are able to move along unobstructed, without a care in your perfect little island pimping world.
As you’re building and growing your island, you’ll eventually gain enough levels that you can start building new types of structures. As you do, you’ll get better buildings that make more money and more power and more employees for the island. Those are the keys. Power and employees. What you WON’T have to do is go begging all of your facebook friends to send you bits of ribbon and busted bricks so you can make new buildings.
GOD that annoyed me.
In Paradise Island, you’re able to expand your territory, build and improve shops and hotels, add scenery and attract tons of tourists. And if you have to go away for a while, things keep on playing on in the background. HOTNESS! So it’s there when you want it, gone when you don’t and always ready for you to pick up right where you left off.
So what we have here is a hybrid Sim-City / Cityville style game with smooth, decent gameplay which doesn’t require you to become a friend-beggar or wait hours and hours for more energy to accumulate before you can do things like harvest those fucking corn fields, which, by the way, are about to die because you used up all your energy collecting rent and building a new warehouse so you don’t run out of storage space and GOD THAT ANNOYED ME.
So if you’re frustrated with Cityville and looking for something new or looking for a fix to get you by while you’re waiting for more energy and your friends to send you chipped rocks so you can build a new factory, check out Paradise Island for Droid OS. Chances are it’s not going to annoy me…or you.
Click the barcode, below, if you’re interested.