Version Reviewed: 1.04
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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2020: My Country is quite the ambitious freemium city-building game. Things start out quite large and only get bigger as the game progresses. However, as is often the way with freemium titles, there's a paywall to negotiate or wait out patiently.
Players start out with a fairly sizeable piece of land and a helpful tutorial guiding them every step of the way. It's a little rigid at first, but it gets players through the basics. Placing buildings is pretty straight forward, but the way in which money is gained from them is slightly different from the norm. A series of contracts can be completed which provide more money, extra stars and, crucially, vital items. These items can then be used to recruit new members of staff such as building managers or police officers, essential to opening up new types of offices.
It's a slightly different way of doing things and goes some way to keeping 2020: My Country more interesting than the average city-builder. That interest is maintained by a variety of different building types opening up, as well as special objectives. Thieves can roam the area, needing capturing, as well as mail needing to be delivered quickly to gain bonuses. It's little things like that which work to 2020: My Country's advantage.
Problems lie, however, in 2020: My Country's gradually slowing progression. New objectives emerge, offering extra experience but money and energy becomes a major issue. In both cases, these can be replenished, either through waiting or by collecting income from buildings but it can get quite arduous. Certain buildings cost a lot to place and this only becomes a bigger factor, the more one plays.
For the patient, though, 2020: My Country does offer some fun benefits. There's a real sense of a burgeoning city while playing, and there's a little more interaction to helping it grow than the average title in the genre. Just don't expect to have a sprawling metropolis within moments. It's going to take a while!