Review The Meego
Unusual sim city builder
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 12 Aug 2016, tested on HTC One S
Decent animation, interesting graphics, unusual game play, simple controls
The Meego for Android is a village building game based in an Aztec/Inca kind of universe. Put your little villagers to work mining stone and cutting down trees, so you can keep expanding.
You can even get the Meegos to mate (they do a little love dance, and then a baby shoots out of the temple). But your village size is limited by the number of huts you have, which in turn is limited by the level of your temple. You can also send your Meegos off to visit other villages.
They'll return in a couple of hours, bringing back rewards; which can be a good way of boosting resources.
It takes quite a while to harvest resources, which means the game can seem a bit slow. The temple actually starts crying or bursting with flames if you don't look after your villagers well. There are Flintstone type tools to get, which will likely help you gather stone and wood a lot more quickly.
The game has a nice comical feel to it, and doesn't require a lot of attention. Keep playing, and you'll be rewarded with more cool-looking stuff, as you develop a massive sprawling community. Your characters actually specialise and improve different characteristics if you keep them working on the same thing. And then you can selectively breed them to improve stats over time.
A true, blue city builder
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 20 May 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Gorgeous graphics, fun gameplay mechanics, feels unique
Timers are very long, seems too in favor of in-app purchases
I’ve become pretty disenfranchised with city builders lately because each entry seems so formulaic that it seems like the same game reskinned. The Meego for Android changes all of that by offering one of the most unique city builders that I’ve ever played on my phone. It offers a unique premise and logical gameplay mechanics to bring one of the freshest games I’ve played in a while.
Now, this should be thought of more like a village builder than a city builder because you’re actually controlling villagers who live on an volcano island. Over the course of the game you’ll order your Meegos to gather food, chop wood, mine ore, expand the building, and even mate and raise their young. That’s right, citizens don’t just pop up, you’ve actually gotta put a male and female together so they can perform their love dance and it takes hours for them to raise the new Meego..
One of the biggest mechanical differences this game brings to the table is the fact that you actually control what your villagers do. You assign them to various tasks instead of constructing buildings that do this automatically. Villagers also level up and get better stats based on what tasks you have them working on. You can even construct buildings that will let you purchase items for your villagers so they can get better at what they do.
I really enjoy the gameplay mechanics The Meego introduces to the genre and it really sets it above the rest of the games. My only real complaint is that timers are super long. Fifteen minutes into the game I was already faced with a four hour timer, which is a pretty huge turn off, but the rest of the game makes up for the shortfall.