Zynga announces blockbuster CityVille social game

Social gaming giant Zynga announces the rollout of their most ambitious social game called CityVille. The game is exclusive to the Facebook platform.

Video by IGN

Articles and analysis from:

USA Today “ CityVille is Zynga’s latest, and most ambitious, big bet. It plays out on the largest virtual board designed by Zynga and lets gamers not only create cities but contribute to the cityscapes of other CityVille users. A bevy of digital tools allows players to build skyscrapers, parks, roads, homes, railroads, monuments, shipping ports — almost anything associated with a metropolis.”

BusinessWeek ” CityVille borrows heavily from SimCity, the classic urban simulation game. Users pave roads and lay railroad tracks to create virtual towns; residents are little computer-controlled characters that walk and drive to and fro.”

Forbes “ Companies want to make sure their brands are where the people are. And so far, Zynga has proven to draw in the crowds.”

CNNMoney  INCLUDES VIDEO ” CityVille’s “more social” layer lies in cross-city communication: Players can interact with their friends’ cities by franchising businesses, sending over goods and establishing trade relationships. ”  

Gamasutra ” CityVille is where Monopoly meets Main Street,” says CityVille general manager Sean Kelly. “We are thrilled to bring the world our most social game to date – building on the best-of-breed gameplay that Zynga fine-tuned with FarmVille and FrontierVille.”

TechCrunch “ Zynga’s entry into this genre isn’t a surprise: Digital Chocolate’s Millionaire City has 12.6 million monthly active users, making it one of the top games on Facebook; other competitors include Playfish’s My Empire, Crowdstar’s Hello City, and Playdom’s Social City, along with many others.”

InsideSocialGames ” The last part of CityVille that’s core to the game is quests. It has become quite common for social games to use quests to guide players through a tutorial, but in CityVille they’ll be create an ongoing story that even experienced players can take part in, according to the CityVille general manager Sean Kelly”

MediaWeek ” Zynga doesn’t need brands to fund its games—according to various analyst estimates the company is poised to reel in $500 million in 2010. Yesterday at the Web 2.0 Summit, John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said “Zynga is the largest, most profitable, rapidly growing company…we’ve ever seen.”

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One response to “Zynga announces blockbuster CityVille social game

  1. Thanks for that interesting post ^^.

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