Bet big on new Vegas-themed sim game

“What happens on Facebook, stays on Facebook”—maybe not entirely true, considering how quickly those embarrassing photos of you at the Christmas party’s eggnog fountain can spread, but in Vegas City, you can get the thrill of high stakes and bright lights all on your own computer.

In this new sim, you’ll build and run your own city of sin. It starts out a humble strip in the desert, but over time, it’ll become a bustling display of neon signs and multi-story casinos. You’ll attract tourists by building accommodations: the cheapest option is youth hostel, with more premium variations including motel and golf resort. These will be unlocked the more levels you gain, and the swankier ones are more expensive, take longer to build and take up more plots of land. Different types of guests will be attracted, ranging from low-spending frat guys to big-spending rock stars. It’s a fairly textured system that can generate lots of options in how you play.

Vegas City

The game takes a lot of pages out of the classic “SimCity” series. In addition to hotels and casinos, you can build burger joints, bars, 24-hour wedding chapels, malls, boxing arenas and more. You’ll need to connect them all with a road system. Add trees, topiaries, fountains and giant neon cowboys as decorations to attract even more visitors. It’s a nice blend of micro- and macro-managing, presented in a creative way.

Vegas City

A gameplay element that differentiates Vegas City from similar games is the lineup of missions before you. If you complete certain objectives, you’ll be rewarded. They start out easy enough: plant x number of trees, for example, or buy a burger joint for 14 grand. But the more levels you gain, the more challenging they’ll become. A recognizable aspect is the social component. Keep track of your friends’ progress, or invest in each other’s cities.

Vegas City

City-planning traditionalists who liked SimCity will probably find familiar fun in this Facebook game. It looks like it will provide lots of playtime, and is a novel, detailed take on social sim titles.