CityVille Hometown on iPhone: Sometimes smaller is superior
It's faster, looks far better through an iPhone 4's Retina Display graphics, has essentially all of the features its web counterpart and it's with you at all times. While the game has some issues connecting to alternate Facebook accounts and some crashes to take care of, CityVille Hometown will wow you.
Since the lot of you are already familiar with the CityVille web game, let's not bore you with the details of exactly how CityVille Hometown is played, but rather focus on what's changed. It may sound silly, but you'll notice that everything in Hometown takes less time to do than it does on the web. Strawberries ripen in 30 seconds, buildings only take two to three whacks and there are little to no pop-ups.
The game lends itself to those 15-minute play sessions that have become the norm in mobile gaming. That's also thanks to the game's slick interface that makes use of every last pixel on your 4 or 10-inch screen. Hometown's primary focus right now is on cultivating your town where everybody knows your name.
Each house you create in this miniature CityVille will be home to someone with a name, and someone with a purpose. Most businesses and community buildings you create in the game must be staffed by these characters that have moved into your small town. This creates a balance between population and businesses that has all but failed in CityVille for Facebook, because of its immense scale.
As for the elephant in the room, friend interaction in CityVille Hometown is certainly limited, but not by as much as you might think. Thanks to (limited) Facebook Connect, users can send their friends gifts that play either version of the game and likewise receive them. And when a community building is erected, you'll need to ask your friends for materials--just like in the original, but across both games. However, that's about as far as friend interaction goes in the game right now, though an upcoming train feature will allow players to visit their friends' mobile towns.
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