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During the beginning stages, the action is very slow because you have to wait for everything. I was tempted to use my Country Bucks to speed things up, but decided to keep them for a rainy day. The Game Dollars were also sparse, and I was tempted to buy a few million (also with real money) or better yet e-mail the publisher and say “I’m a reviewer! Give me lots of money!” but I have never bought stuff in other games and so I wasn’t about to start now. I also didn’t want to use my status to make my experience easier than that of others. Instead I waited patiently until my city grew to the point where something was always happening somewhere.
What I soon discovered was that collecting my profits was getting to be more and more of a chore. With about 30 buildings, it took an unpleasantly long time to get done. And that’s with less then 1/16 of the map occupied. I was beginning to get frustrated and tapped the screen faster and faster… until the unthinkable happened. I accidentally spend most of my carefully saved Country Bucks, and I don’t even know on what. Scrambling to find the undo button I discovered that there wasn’t one. This frustrated me immensely, but OK, maybe it was my own fault. Maybe I shoudn’t have been clicking. Maybe I should have just purchased some more currency and used it to collect the profits in one fell swoop.
By the way, in case you are wondering, I am talking about a period of time when I was already playing the game for about four days. Yes, I only had 30 buildings, because I couldn’t just sit there and wait for all my various upgrades and construction projects to complete. I left my tablet and went about my day, occasionally returning to it. Unless you stare at the game 24 hours a day, or pay to have everything happen fast, you probably won’t do much better than me in terms of speed.
The annoyance that finally made me give up, was the fact that the game overwrites its screenshots every time you take a new one. You see, I was using the built-in screen capture function all throughout my play-time in hopes of showing you what I was talking about, but when I finally went to look at the stored images I discovered that there was only one. The most recent one. Apparently the development team was really influenced by Highlander. Suddenly, I didn’t want to play anymore.
My parting thoughts are as follows: this is a game that could have been fun if the developers were less concerned with finding more and more ways to make tons of cash. Believe me, I am all about capitalism and making money. I think that people who make games should be rich, and if my own studio fails to sell its games I’ll be very sad. With that said, making money shouldn’t come at the expense of the quality of the game, it should happen because of the quality. My Country felt like it was purposefully made to be as un-fun and tedious as possible in hopes of extorting money from the players. That is uncool. It is also unprofitable. For every player who succumbs to this business model, there will be tons who will just leave. I’m one of them.
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