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City Builder (PC DVD)

by Excalibur Video games publishing
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
 Ages 3 and Over
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Hire construction workers including ground workers, steel fabricators, electricians, carpenters and gardeners to complete your building projects
  • Send your workers to other construction sites to complete contract work and gain additional income
  • Purchase a selection of vehicles and repair them to keep them in top condition
  • As you progress, you'll need to hire larger teams of skilled workers and vehicles capable of carrying even more material
  • The Mayor will issue construction orders that you'll need to complete in a certain time period. Complete on time for a huge reward but for each day it is late, you'll be fined

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Media: DVD-ROM

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  • ASIN: B00AOGECC2
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,888 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Take the reins of a growing construction company, hiring staff, purchasing vehicles and sending them out to complete building contracts for the city.

With a vast amount of construction projects to undertake you’ll need to place football stadiums, entertainment centres and more in key areas to increase your revenue. Can you help shape the city from humble begins to a fully-fledged metropolis?

Features:

  • Hire construction workers including ground workers, steel fabricators, electricians, carpenters and gardeners to complete your building projects

  • Send your workers to other construction sites to complete contract work and gain additional income

  • Once you have constructed housing property, sell it to increase profits

  • Purchase a selection of vehicles and repair them to keep them in top condition

  • Construct dozens of buildings that will improve the city’s infrastructure like football stadiums, hotels, offices, power stations

  • Make roads to expand your city reach

    System Requirements:

  • Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • Processor with 2.4 GHz,
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 512 MB 3D-Graphics Card
  • DirectX-compatible Sound and graphics card
  • CD-/DVD-ROM Drive
  • Keyboard and mouse

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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two dimensional and needs a lot of adjustment 21 May 2013
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    Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
    I had no problems installing and no crashes running on Windows 7

    This game will be compared with the latest version of Sim City, but it is not a fair comparison.

    What you are doing in this game is running a construction company within a city. On the Easy setting you get a little bit of tutorial from your assistant Helga, and you are soon making money. When you have earned enough money the Mayor will give you one civic construction project at a time to complete, whilst you are also building your own buildings and hiring spare workers out as contractors. The location you build your housing affects its selling price, indicated by smileys faces as you float your cursor around for a suitable site.

    Once you are familiar with the controls, it all seems very easy, until you realise that your vehicles slow down very quickly as they need constant repairs. This is the worst feature of the game for me as you cannot even click on an individual vehicle to sent it back to the depot. To repair a vehicle you need to click on you HQ and then scroll, one click at a time until you find it. This is very tedious when you have a fair few vehicles in play. At the very least Excalibur need to greatly reduce the maintenance schedule.

    The city itself is 2 dimensional. There are no hills, rivers, lakes or railways. Nothing moves in the game except for construction vehicles.

    As far as I can tell, you HQ does not change in appearance is your company booms and the city grows, which is a shame. All you have to show for your success is you bank balance.

    Your bank balance is in Euros whether you like it or not.

    There is no demolition in this game which restrict how you can shape you city.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Boring builder. 14 Oct 2013
    By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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    Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
    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.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Short lived entertainment 20 Nov 2013
    By Mart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
    City Builder is one of a large number of PC simulation games by Excalibur Publishing, who produce low cost games with an element of educational value aimed at younger players.

    City Builder is straightforward - you play the role of builder who is tasked to hire teams and construction vehicles to build a city. It's easy to load and install, and the controls basic if a little slow to use.

    The game's downfall is the lack of real challenge and the basic appearance of the graphics. It's suitable for youngsters maybe, but many will tire of the repetition and awkwardness of gameplay.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Tough love 21 Oct 2013
    By SonicQuack VINE VOICE
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    Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
    City Builder is no Sim City, nor does it aspire to be. It actually feels more like a board game, a race to build more buildings than your opponent. As your teams gather experience they skill up unlocking bigger and better construction teams, vehicles, buildings etc. It's basic stuff once you have learned how to play it. City Builder's problem is the interface and complete lack of in-game instructions, despite a tutorial which leaves the learning to clicking in various places until you work it out yourself. A PDF manual is provided.

    If you're looking for a modern SimCity / CitiesXL clone, this will leave you very disappointed. If you'd like to try a relatively simple little simulation and have time to master it, I'm sure it will offer some entertainment. I was left cold though.

    Installed and worked just fine on Windows 8.1.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars City Builder - Game Underconstruction 23 May 2013
    By Mr. R. Hamper VINE VOICE
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    Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
    I had my doubts about this game, as it is one of many "wannabe's" in the management sims,
    and I was right to have doubts, this game just doesn't feel finished, and doesn't really have any longevity at all, saying that I am sure it will appeal to some.

    First of all, allow me to tell you the games recommended requirements.

    Operating System: Windows XP (service pack 3)/Vista/7 & 8
    CPU: Dual Corer 2.4GHz
    Video: Dedicated Graphics with 512MB RAM
    DirectX 9 compatible sound card, 500MB Hard drive space

    Which seems a bit much for a game, that really doesn't offer much, it reminds me a bit of the classic sims you could get back on Windows 95 and 98. but that aside, the game seems to run on any standard PC that is available today.

    The Game play:

    I hate to say this, I am a big fan of construction sims (and simulations / managements in general) Locomotion, Roller Coaster Tycoon just to name a couple, so I know what I want, and unfortunately this game doesn't have it for me,
    the start up is really slow, and boring, the "Tutorial" asks you to do something, which is great, but it doesn't hint in where to find the buttons you need, so your filtering around in menu's until you find the right one, then it asks you to send the workers to a constructions site... ok.. how does one do this? so after a bit of aimless clicking on the clunky interface, I found it out, you click on the property in development then click the "send workers" button, ok, maybe a simple arrow to speed this along could have made this easier for me.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Does what it claims to.
    Another simulator game.

    Don't expect anything groundbreaking (sorry for the pun) and you'll be content enough with purchasing this. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by S. Walker
    4.0 out of 5 stars City Construction Game
    If you ever wondered what it takes to run a construction company in an urban environment, this game is a great simulator to practice on. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by litlight
    4.0 out of 5 stars Love it so far - must do better!
    I love this game which I can see will become addictive very soon. The concept is simple but the application is where the real skill comes in. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by S2b an OAP
    2.0 out of 5 stars The city that always sleeps
    You won't see much action happening in this city that you're supposed to be building here. Sure, you're hired to do some tasks and you're earning some money, but man does this city... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Barto
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the family
    I played this with my son, took turns to setup our cities and both had a great time. I'm not sure how long I'd continue to play but my son would keep going for a while I think.
    Published 9 months ago by L. Thompson
    2.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed
    This game is essentially running a construction company, hiring different workers and construction vehicles to build a city, with the main aim being to make as much money as... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Clare
    3.0 out of 5 stars No in-game tutorial
    I really don't mind that the graphics are quite basic and blocky but I what I would have appreciated is a really simple tutorial version of the game to get me started. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Lisa Maynard
    3.0 out of 5 stars Business Basics
    Professionally I am a Chartered Surveyor (retired) but in practice most of my working life was spent in construction management and development from Contracts Manager to Managing... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by D. Elliott
    2.0 out of 5 stars Seems half finished
    The game is basically half finished. For those of us who don't want the politics and drama of SimCity, constantly being told everyone is unemployed or polluted or on fire then the... Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Robert Cooke
    4.0 out of 5 stars Productive
    I find with quite a lot of new games, that I'm a bit slow at getting my head round them to start with. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by lapal25
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