Today’s post will be a little different. I’m going to be reviewing “ESPNU College Town.” It’s an application for Facebook users who can build their very own campuses and take on their friends.
To start this review right off the bat, I love this application on Facebook. It’s similar to Farmville (which, weirdly enough I don’t play) but is very well geared towards the college sports fan. You build a campus, try to get students in and keep them happy, as well as upgrade venues, academic buildings, and the like. You can challenge your friends and crush your enemies to see if your university can stand the test of time.
I’m going to review this application properly with a fair and just review. Your experiences may vary.
Gameplay– The action is fantastic if you are a big fan of FarmTown or SimCity. Like I previously mentioned earlier, you build your campus from the ground up. Granted, ESPNU will give you a few buildings, decorations, items, and two sports venues, but the rest is up to you. The goal is to get as many students as you can as well as recruiting athletes to your campus. You gain levels every time you fill up an experience bar, which gives you more options to buy. You can help your friends or challenge others to games.
Music/Sound– I’m going to be blunt here again, I turned the music off after it looped a few times. Granted, the music isn’t horrible but it repeats over and over again. The sound is good, as there are a few sound effects like moving people in or finishing an event gives you a horn. You also have a noise for construction or renovation projects. This isn’t a major part of the game, but there’s a nice array of sounds for you to hear.
Options– This is where the game shines. You have a ton of buildings and decorations to choose from, along with upgrading most of these. You’ll need to buy dorms, academic buildings, recruits, sports venues, and much more to keep your students happy and interested. (Do I sound like a broken record yet?) Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of options when it comes to picking a college to call alliance to. At first, I thought the selection available was just public universities. However, I look and I see Providence College available. There are a few colleges missing from some of the big conferences, like Southern California (Pac-10) and North Carolina (ACC). If you go to a mid-major school, don’t expect your team to be on there (Wright State and Dayton don’t make the cut.) While there are a lot of colleges to pick an alliance with, if you don’t go to one or you’re at a rival school, prepare to be disappointed. So the options in buildings is nice but there could be more colleges to pick from.
Graphics– Of course, this isn’t something you judge a game on but it is worth a mention. The graphics on College Town are beautiful. However, if your computer can’t handle everything happening at once, this is an option to improve performance which stops all animations. Needs are shown by bubbles above the respected buildings. Need something cleaned up? There’s a broom over the venue for that. Students can move in? There’s an icon for that. Just keep an eye on your campus.
My final thoughts- This is a very nice game. The attention to detail is nice and I like the ability to move things for free. I’m not a fan on how long it takes to load or how it will hiccup on occasion, but that’s to be expected. Like I previously mentioned, there is an option to stop animations to make the game run smoother. So far, I’ve forgotten not to right click several times, because I’m used to Sim City 2000’s style of deleting and building things (yes, that’s probably the most current game I own for the PC.) Waiting for events can be a pain if you are impatient like myself, but that’s also part of the game. The entire game is fantastic, and I recommend it for anyone looking for the next Social Media game or for anyone that loves college sports.
If you have Facebook, you can find it there. To read the story about it from ESPN, click the image.
Until next time,