My Town is a city-building Facebook game produced by Broken Bulb Studios. My Town can best be described as a simplified version of Sim City with limited social-integration features.
In My Town, you begin as the Mayor of a small town. Using your limited starting funds, you purchase homes and businesses and connect them with a road network. After a predetermined amount of time, you collect money from the homes and businesses which you then use to purchase additional properties. Along the way you gain experience which allows you to unlock different types of properties.
As you increase in level and gain more money you can buy larger and more elaborate buildings. These provide more money and experience which allows you to repeat the cycle on a larger scale. You can also purchase decorative items such as water towers, UFOs, and plants to beautify your city. The My Town artists did a good job of rendering colorful and decorative items with limited pixel space. Creative players will enjoy moving objects around the city and building a pretty town. Unfortunately, the decorative items serve little gameplay aspect aside from their aesthetic value.
My Town has a limited social feature through which you can visit your friends’ towns to earn small amounts of experience and money. There is also a random “Snoop” function which allows you the opportunity to earn an additional item. Aside from the voyeuristic value of spying on your friends, the social functions become little more than click visit, click collect, click snoop, go back home. You are able to send and receive gifts, but there is a limited selection of gifts and they are of low in-game value.
Broken Bulb earns revenue through My Town by restricting the purchase of the most interesting and visually-stimulating buildings. To buy the prettiest items, you are forced to spend real money to buy “Town Cash”. It is odd that even the most expensive of the “Town Cash” items (which costs more than $10) provides no benefit beyond the standard click-once-a-day-get-coins.
A recent rush of new city-building games on Facebook has rendered My Town boring and unimaginative. My Empire, Millionaire City, and City of Wonder are all direct competitors to My Town and all provide unique gameplay features which trump the standard fare offered by the My Town developers. With Zynga announcing the soon-to-be-released CityVille, it appears My Town’s days are numbered.
Decorating and re-arranging your city is fun in My Town. The endless cycle of buy building, collect money, buy bigger building is not. There are better city building games for budding Mayors.