Oh dear, here we go again. Another game from Excalibur which is just awful. I've played and reviewed a few of their games now and, up until recently, they had all been terrible. The last few though had been OK.
That's because they'd got away from boring themes like 'Cable Car' and 'Street Sweeper' simulators (I kid you not!) and were more this sort of strategy based 'build an empire' game. They were also squarely aimed at young kids, so it seemed, with themes that appealed to them like Theme Parks and Zoos.
I thought this might fall into that camp, but Excalibur seemed to have taken their new winning formula and combined it with their usual boring scenarios. City Builder might be an OK game at heart, but the theme itself is just boring. Who wants to build a city when you can build a zoo or theme park?
Once again Excalibur have missed the mark. Guys. Come on. Drop the drop dead boring subjects and stick to fun situations that appeal to kids under 10 - because with your games, that's your target market. They lack the depth to appeal to anyone older. There's no shame in that. Not if you get it right anyway.