Remember that fantastically good city building game 2020: My Country from Russian publishers Game Insight? If you’re a big fan of the game, you’re going to love their latest launch on Windows. Its called Airport City and it involves not only city building but also a bit of airport management as well.
You start your adventures in a small village which has a rather poorly designed airport. Your dream is to naturally turn it into an international airport that can rival the best in the world. As is the norm, you’ll have a few guides showing you the ropes and helping you start making money.
You will buy buildings and other infrastructure from the Store, set up a runway, hangar, and planes and eventually start managing them. Initially you will be able to fly to just one destination but as you play on and level up, you’ll unlock more places to travel.
Flights can be purchased using fuel and passengers and in return for a safe journey you earn coins and experience. If you wish to speed up the process, you’ll need to burn more fuel. Planes may also request a landing in your airport, so managing your runways effectively will go some way in improving your prospects especially as you have a chance of picking up valuable items from such planes. You can use the money earned from flights to upgrade your planes, airports, et al.
You’ll need people who will want to frequent your airport and to make that happen you’ll have to spruce up your village by setting up residential buildings, stores, restaurants, and other commercial establishments that will bring in some extra coins while at the same time making the village functional.
Just like 2020: My Country, there are plenty of resource management tasks that can keep you busy for hours. Airport City is free to play, but there is always the allure of checking into the IAP section to buy airport cash, that can help you speed up things when you find the going too slow for comfort. There is a social angle to the game but surprisingly it is not too user friendly. You can add friends only via unique codes which are a complicated mass of numbers and letters.
Airport City is available on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 and RT devices but sadly, there is no cloud save option that lets you continue play on different devices. Word is that Game Insight is working on a fix and should push an update in the coming months that will make cloud save a reality.
If you are a fan of city building games, Airport City is a game that you must pick up. Its free to play, you can play the game at your own pace and check in everyday to see how things are steadily developing. Its not everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who have a penchant for such type of games, it could just as well be an Earl Grey.