I liked the Facebook game Cityville. It combined the fun things about social gaming with some of the fun things about SimCity. But then completing quests required larger and larger numbers of friends who are active players.
In theory you’re supposed to recruit your own friends to play. In practice, you end up friending strangers because they happen to play, too, and you REALLY need ten more marbles and some sunglasses to complete the hotel. And suddenly half the posts you see on your feed are in languages you don’t understand and religious glurge you understand all too well.
You realize that this is a game you will never finish, you will never win, because it always demands more, more, more friends, more time, more space in your city, more recruiting.
It’s not an addiction, exactly, but it’s not all that entertaining anymore, either.
So I’m out. I sealed the gates to Hamsterdam and left the residents to starve. I guess.
Tiny Tower is a much better companion than Cityville ever was. It’s another game that you can never finish, but doesn’t require recruiting strangers to send you things needed to progress by the dozen.
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