In the first part of our article on the Top features offered by free city building videogames, we discussed the importance of the first five features that included things like city planning, resource management, and infrastructure development, among others features. Today, we want to continue this list to give you a better idea on how to identify the best suiting city building game for your entertainment. Here it goes!

6. Economy and Trade: Many city-building games simulate economic systems, where players can manage the city’s economy by establishing trade routes, managing imports and exports, setting taxes, and attracting businesses and industries.

7. Challenges and Goals: Free city-building games often include objectives or challenges to keep players engaged. These goals can range from achieving a certain population milestone, solving environmental issues, managing disasters, or completing specific building projects.

8. Research and Technological Advancements: Players can unlock new technologies and advancements by investing in research and development. These technological upgrades can improve infrastructure, enhance resource management, and unlock new buildings and features.

9. Customization and Aesthetics: Players can often customize the appearance of their cities, choosing building styles, landscaping options, and decorations to create unique and visually appealing urban environments.

10. Social and Multiplayer Features: Some free city-building games offer social or multiplayer elements. Players can connect with friends or other players, collaborate on projects, trade resources, or compete against each other in various challenges or leaderboards.

Community Engagement on Social Media

The success of free-to-play city building games goes beyond the virtual worlds they create. Vibrant and dedicated communities usually are formed around these games, with social media platforms playing a crucial role in facilitating engagement. As a bonus feature, here’s how the community engagement is also a key feature that developers should implement in their marketing strategy:

  • Fan Pages and Groups: Enthusiastic players often create dedicated fan pages and groups on platforms like Facebook, and Discord. These spaces serve as hubs for players to discuss strategies, share tips and tricks, showcase their city designs, and interact with like-minded individuals. Game developers can use these spaces to interact directly with the players and their audience of interest.
  • Developer-Community Interactions: InnoGames actively engages with its player base through social media channels. We regularly post updates, announces new features, and organizes in-game events. Players appreciate this direct interaction, as it fosters a sense of community and involvement in the game’s development process.
  • Tutorials and Gameplay Videos: Content creation on video platforms like YouTube play a pivotal role in expanding the reach of free-to-play city building games. Informative tutorials, entertaining “Let’s Play” videos, and engaging live streaming sessions, allow players to learn and find inspiration for their own cities.
  • Competitions and Contests: Hosting frequent competitions and contests on social media platforms, encourage players to showcase their creativity and compete for in-game rewards. These events not only spark excitement among players but also foster healthy competition and community spirit.

Remember, the specific features can vary depending on the game, but the items listed above and in our Part 1, are common elements you can expect to find in a free city-building video game. If you want to get to know more of our products, we invite you to explore some of our most popular city building games like Elvenar, Rise of Cultures and Forge of Empires.

Hernan Diaz,

The InnoGames Team.