My Country iPad App Video Review
Despite it’s rather patriotic name, My Country iPad app, by Game Insight, is not FOX News propaganda, nor does it even have Bill O’Reilly’s name attached to it. Instead, it offers a world of incredibly deep SIM City style gameplay for the iPad, enticing player’s with its heaps of constructible buildings, endless upgrade systems, and nearly limitless room for expansion. If you’re a fan of micromanaging titles like Tiny Tower, then pony up, Contractor Joe: My Country for the iPad is your new best mate.
Concept and Functionality
As stated, My Country is more or less a traditional micromanagement title for the iPad. The game allows users to construct their own countries from the ground up, starting with a single municipal center and a handful of apartments before working their way up to huge industrial complexes and massive residential districts.
Unlike a lot of other micromanagement titles we’ve seen for the iPhone and iPad (the iPhone edition of the title, by the way, will arrive sometime this week) My Country offers a heavy emphasis on guidance. The app uses a goals system to help guide the player toward an end goal, usually the construction of a new building or set of equipment. This sometimes makes the game feel like it’s on rails, but more often than not, we appreciated the guiding hand: My Country comes with a lot of content, and without a little guidance, we often found ourselves wondering, “Well, what the heck am I supposed to build now?”
Users don’t just construct buildings and leave it at that, though. My Country features an excellent hiring system, in which users must find items to hire new workers at each new building, creating a unique and extremely (perhaps too much so) rich gaming environment. There’s always something to be doing, which means My Country has a nearly limitless amount of replay potential.
Design and Graphics
As much as we love the way My Country looks, we have to admit, it looks a heck of a lot like its predecessors: Rock Vegas, comes to mind, and even a little bit of Farmville shines through the curtains. This isn’t a bad thing, especially as the game comes with so much bloody content—We’re quite serious about that, if you couldn’t tell—but we’re sometimes fatigued by the now stock micromanagement art style, especially since Tiny Tower came to town.
My Country is free in the App Store, and we don’t mean free with a bunch of in-app purchases: This baby is read to go straight out of the box. If you’re a fan of the genre, you really owe it to yourself to download the app straight away. It’s got heaps of content, a gorgeous (if stock) graphics set, and enough content to choke a horse. Oh, and it comes recommended from us, if that means anything to you.
My Country requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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