Review Airport City
City builder with good mechanics weighed down by bad timers
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 28 Dec 2014, tested on HTC One M8
Balancing your airport and your city is a great gameplay mechanic, there are a lot of tasks to complete that will keep you interested in building up your city
There are a lot of timers that bog down what you can actually do, experience drags in and prevents you from doing anything interesting for a while
Airport City for Android is a city builder with a somewhat unique twist. Rather than simply building a city that produces income with passive buildings, this game has you build a thriving airport which produces most of your income. However, in order to have a thriving airport, you also need a city with a good economy to support the airport.
I really enjoy how the city and the airport support each other so well in this game. The airport is how you will make most of your money. You build runways, hangars, and planes to run different missions that will earn you different rewards. In order to be able to run these missions, you need passengers and other resources that you’ll get from the city you build.
Balancing both of these two mechanics is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the game has plenty of timers to lengthen the span of gameplay you need to complete actions. It’s not necessarily the timers that are so long either. It's the fact that they exist in tandem with resources that are only accrued over the course of time. Oil isn’t something you produce, it’s just created passively after a period of time; and it’s the other resource you need in order to keep everything rolling.
I like the gameplay mechanics in Airport City, but I hate the time it takes to do anything in game. You don’t get paid very much, and you have to run a TON of missions in order to level up to unlock interesting things. So it’s a real grind to get anything done in the game. The timing for just about everything needs rebalancing in order for the game to be worth checking out.