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I’ve done a survey of the most popular towns to live.  For kids with access to a tablet such as an iPad there are a myriad of virtual villes to manage, and for parents the ever present danger of micro transaction requests.  Let’s do a flyover above several of the iPad pads that can be inhabited.

The games that follow are all based around the premise of managing a town or geographic region, by tapping, designing, completing quests or mini-games and general planning the player’s world can flourish.

A small sample of eleven year olds revealed the following favourites in ascending order of enjoyment and involvement:

First up and number six on the list, is DT (Diner Town) Zoo requiring players to build a zoo full of rainbows and unicorns.  The kids enjoyed looking at the animals, but the gam’s overall aim is a little hard to grasp.  In essence this is the most overtly money grabbing, Facebook style of game we came across during the test.
Generating gold to buy more animals that generate gold whilst playing a small collection of DT themed mini-games and trying to keep track of multiple goals – some of which assume social-media membership – at a time.

Number five on the list is Tiny Village, a prehistoric themed world where Tools and various buildings and enclosures must be built using a variety of resources.  The game sets lots of goals, some of which involve dishing out real-world money, which is somewhat outrageous.
Continuing the theme of making a grab for dollars, the initial real-estate afforded a player is about as tight as virtual land comes, with in-game expansion a slow grind.  All up Tiny Village is  a good game, but mean spirited towards its potential players.



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Mike Bantick

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.