Release Date: January 31, 2013
ESRB Rating: 4+
Chillingo has one of the best mobile track records around, and Pixel People is another great little downloadable title that you can spend an uncanny amount of hours in. I've kinda gotten out of free to play sims, but this game instantly brought me back.
Story, Presentation, and Core Gameplay:
The music is nothing spectacular, it features subtle tones that won't blow you away, but it can be catchy when you're zoning out while wearing some good headphones. Since this is a sim, the gameplay has a lot of different components to learn in order to get your society up and running. The big objective of the game is to unlock professions for your society. You do this by combining or splicing clones, like if you combine a Mayor and an Engineer, you can unlock the Architect. There are a total of 150 professions to unlock, so it'll take a lot of time to unlock them all. When you unlock a certain profession, you get access to new buildings and bonuses for your society. They can also boost your city's income and give you more citizens, further growing your society. The game really is a simple a city building sim game, and it delivers on all fronts. It'll require you to think, with only a limited amount of building space, you won't just be piling on the same buildings over and over, each building will require a real decision that help you the most. The game is free to play, but there are a number of micro transactions in the game to assist you if you need it. Purchasing Utopium, a currency that helps you build faster, isn't necessary in the slightest. If you get really into the game though, I can see spending a couple of bucks for in game currency. The game is definitely a load of fun, and it'll leave you wanting more when you put it down.
S&S Rating: 8.5/10