My review is base on the following:
Ease of use/play.
Reward system, how often does the game provide incentives
Cost to continue through game
Bugs, errors, updates.
Update 4: I currently have 6,000,000 prestige keys and it is still BORING. I stopped playing it as it is a TOTAL WASTE OF TIME. More TINY TOWERS FLOORS PLEASE.
Update 3: I currently have 2.9+ million prestige keys and still have to wait a while to complete cities 12-16. Still as boring as the first time......Nimblebit I want the hours I spent on this stupid game back. I WANT NEW FLOORS IN TINY TOWER. Bit City is BORING.....
Update 2: I have prestiged my city a dozen times, having attempted to go to the moon twice.....it is way to difficult BUT IT IS THE SAME CITY LAYOUT, SAME # OF LOTS as first 8 cities.....it is now BORING, TEDIOUS, AND I NO LONGER PLAY THE GAME since I purchased all the special buildings and upgrades......WASTE OF TIME and all those 5 star reviews....they must be lame and desperate (no girls or other interests) to give this sad excuse for a game more than 3 stars.
Update: So after city 8 if you don't prestige it will take forever to complete this game......so you are really stuck in a nearly endless loop of going back to city 1 multiple times.
My review is based on a thorough game play experience and you should find the same play experience. GO TO BOTTOM FOR AN INTERESTING GLITCH THAT OCCURRED.
I downloaded this game 5 days ago and am on the 4th city. It is a simple click idle game with nothing really difficult to accomplish. Your game strategy WILL impact how well you do as you continue through each city as the bank from each prior town continues to pay it forward so you earn money much faster IF you take your time and build up your bank reserves before going to the next city. I found that out on the 3rd city so I just deleted the game and started over and built each city up to as much as I could. With each city you need to accomplish missions and YOU need to check out a website for what each mission will entail or you will be working on them for what will seem forever. The cost to continue this game can be a lot or minimal or next to nothing. That being said you will eventually need to empty your pension pig so you can purchase upgrades that can be used for every city after purchase. It takes a lot of bux for some of the upgrades so try to maximize your ability to make fast cash.
You will find multiple websites all promising you the hidden secrets to this game but I am here to tell you.....every site says the same thing and it is really common sense once you see how the game operates. Again, finding out what mission you will need to complete PRIOR to building will go a long way to getting those bux. I was able to complete 6 missions on my 4th city in less than a minute because of such planning.
Now for the not-so-nice bugs and errors. I am building so quickly and have so many cars that the game is CRAWLING.....i mean it doesn't respond to touch on iPad, MY BOATS DISAPPEARED so I can't complete a mission as required, it is hard to harvest coins from cars due to the horrible....YES HORRIBLE... response time.....it nearly freezes when I open the game. Very frustrating....of course I have upgraded my build times so with 5 building upgrades going all the time, automatically I expect my processor is ready to go on strike. Can you please fix it?
Another tip I found on the 4th city, and anticipate will happen with every larger city....because you need to keep certain building types to complete a mission, i.e. 3 tiny towers, you need to keep additional plots upgrading all the time but as you upgrade into the high 70's and up the game slows considerably. I began to bulldoze all my plots and start over so the game would increase in speed. I was able to replace my 3 tiny towers (the mission hadn't come into que yet so I needed to keep the towers) as the newly constructed plots produced new tiny towers, thereby allowing me to bulldoze the older, higher level tiny towers and speed up the game.
This is just a so so game.....not very challenging...just time consuming...and I mean it takes time with the iPad open to the app to make money and complete missions. You just can't put it down and come back later with your mission objectives completed.
In Empire City you have to build so many buildings that unless you have taken time in prior cities it will take a while to complete. What occurred in my game was a yellow prize capsule appeared in the river that runs through it, following a ship. When I pushed on it to get prize it kept generating bux and coinage. I was quickly to over a trillion coins and this bug kept generating from the left side of the city river and travelled the river to the right then reappeared. I had EVERYTHING purchased within 30 min and was working on my missions. So watch for it in your cities. I also accumulated pension bux like you wouldn't believe. I currently have 250,000 pension bux waiting to be purchased. WOO HOO!!!!!
It still doesn't add to the rather mundane idle clicking of this game....heck, even a chicken could play this game....but I hear that chickens have gone off the grid and no longer use cell phones.