CityVille’s success follows in the footsteps of one of Zynga’s other massively popular games, FarmVille, so it’s not completely surprising that farming and crops factor into CityVille’s gameplay. In fact, farming is a critical part of the game and will be the primary source of goods for your businesses throughout.
The basics are very simple and should be very familiar to graduates of FarmVille. First, you place plots on the ground (use your farming menu) and then you can plant seeds for the crops of your choice. Each of the different types of crops has a different growth cycle. Currently, they range from Strawberries (5 minutes) up through Peas (3 days). Certain crops have level requirements to plant. For example, you won’t be able to plant Peas until you’re level 25.
If you’re playing frequently and logged into the game a lot, then strawberries are definitely the best bet for you to grow. They have a 5-minute growth cycle and produce 15 goods for a cost of 20 coins. Assuming you could harvest every 5 minutes and have enough energy points to keep going, strawberries would have an impressive return of 180 goods per hour on each plot.
Don’t want to spend all your CityVille time growing crops? Can’t say we blame you. Another long-term strategy is to plant lots of Corn (1 day) or Peas (3 days). If you stagger the planting times of your crops (such as one group of Peas each day), you’ll always have crops available for harvesting.
Here is a look at all the crops available in CityVille.
Planting and harvesting crops is only half of the equation when it comes to CityVille farming. You also have to have adequate storage in your city to store crops until they’re used to re-stock businesses. Your primary means of storage comes from constructing different storage buildings, starting with simple silos and moving on to much larger buildings. Just like other buildings, storage buildings require coins and energy to build and take up space, so plan wisely and only grow your storage capacity as you need it.
Here are all the storage buildings you can build in CityVille.
There’s another new quest available in CityVille called Open for Visitors. This quest is given to you by Samantha and becomes available at Level 15. The quest is to build and staff a Visitor Center, which is a new Community Building in the game. The building appears in your inventory instead of the Build Menu. It requires 5 builds to complete and requires 4 staff members. Once built and staffed, it allows an additional 230 population.
One subtle change with the new Visitor Center is that when you select Hire Friends to staff the building, Zynga prompts you first to invite non-CityVille friends to staff the building. If you’d rather invite friends who are already playing CityVille, just click on the Recommended Friends tab.
Click on recommended friends to get a list of people already playing the game.
Once your Visitor Center is complete, it will provide interesting statistics about your city, including how much space it takes up, the total value of the city in coins, and the total number of residences and businesses that you have. Friends who visit your city will be able to click on it to see the details of your city as well. A second tab, called, Top Visitors, will show which of your friends have been helping out with your city the most.
Housing in CityVille keeps your population growing.
Housing is essential for your city as it provides places for your citizens to live. Each type of house can hold a certain number of citizens, which make up the population of your city. The capacity of each type of house can vary considerably. You can only build houses until you reach your population cap, which appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen. The way to increase the cap is through Community Buildings, which are covered in another guide.
Each house also allows you to collect rent and the amount and frequency also differs between the different house types. You should strive to build houses that correspond with your playing style. For example, if you are going to play frequently and stay logged into the game for long stretches of time, the Country House is a good option to get started. It allows you to collect 10 coins in rent every five minutes and provides 30 population. If you’re only going to play for a few minutes every day, you’ll probably want to start out with the Suburban House, which holds 40 population and delivers 180 coins in rent every 18 hours. It’s entirely up to you what kinds of houses you decide to build, but generally most players have success with building the larger population and higher rent homes.
To build and place a house, select the Build button on the main menu and then click on the House icon on the far left to see the houses available to you. From there, simply purchase the house you want and place it in an appropriate spot in your city. Remember that houses must be connected to a road, either directly or via a sidewalk, to be operational.
CityVille Housing Table
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As you start gaining levels and earning coins in CityVille, you’ll begin to explore some of the more expensive businesses available. One of them has probably been staring at you for a long time, way off on the far right side of that scrolling menu. It’s the Tower Eats business, and with a cost of 1 million coins, it’s one of the most expensive in the game. But is it worth all that expense? In a word, yes. But only if you fully maximize the building with lots of decoration bonuses. First, however, let’s look at the quick stats for the building:
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As you can see, it may be an expensive building to purchase, but the return is impressive at 900 coins per collection. It consumes 165 goods each time you supply it, so the earnings per good invested is 5.4, which is one of the best in the game. But where the Tower Eats also shines is in Earnings per Energy. Remember that each business costs you one energy point per collection, and the 900 coins earned per energy point invested is very high.
But where the Tower Eats shows its full potential is with the possibility to fully maximize its earnings through decorations. Because it’s a 4×4 building, it’s possible to surround it with decorations and enhance its earning potential through bonuses. In fact, it’s possible to achieve a 322% bonus, leading to a potential earnings of 3,795 per collection or an earnings per good invested of 23. Depending on the population size of your city and your flow of goods, it would be possible to earn back your initial investment reasonably quickly with a properly decorated Tower Eats business.
A Tower Eats with a 284% bonus through decorations.
The new CityVille warehouse building lets you store seasonal stuff you don't want anymore.
CityVille just introduced a new building in the game that many players will appreciate. It’s the CityVille warehouse and it’s available to anyone who has reached level 12 in the game. The warehouse will allow you to store all of those odd items you don’t need but don’t want to throw away, such as seasonal decorations. Here’s a quick guide to how the warehouse works.
First, once you reach level 12 you’ll get the new warehouse quest and the warehouse will appear in your inventory. You can place it anywhere you like on your CityVille map. Because it doesn’t need access to roads or sidewalks, you can tuck it away in a corner or wherever it’s convenient. It will require a few CityVille energy points to construct it and then to finish the building you’ll need to get help from 3 friends. Once it’s complete, the warehouse will show up in your tool menu, where you can access it to place items inside. You can increase the storage capacity of your warehouse by asking even more friends to help you and the maximum storage capacity right now is 12 items. You can only have one warehouse in your city right now.
If you’ve played a lot of other Facebook games before CityVille, then you’re already very familiar with a lot of the basics. For example, the fundamentals of farming and building are borrowed from earlier games such as FarmVille and FrontierVille. But one new concept is franchises, and CityVille players will quickly learn that understanding and taking advantage of franchises are a huge part of your success in the game.
This new feature allows you to choose a business of your own and expand it into neighboring cities. In other words, you’ll benefit not just from your own city’s growth, but that of your friends as well. Franchises can be tough to figure out at first, so here’s a quick guide to get you started.
Starting a franchise is pretty simple; all you have to do is visit a neighboring city and find a vacant plot of their land and get your franchise there. Players also have the choice of adding a plot of land which will house their neighbor’s franchise.
Now, let us find out how to expand your own franchise:
- Before all things concerning franchising, you must remember that you should have a working farm. It is because you have to have goods because it is the lifeblood of all the businesses in CityVille. To put it simply, you should have a farm that is stable and you should have lots of silos too.
- When you are expanding, you will see a list of all the businesses that runs in your town. Choose one and plot it down on that empty plot we talked about earlier. Take note that expanding your franchise will cost you some coins but it does not deplete your energy source. When you have selected on where are expanding, send a request and wait for your neighbor to accept it and soon enough you will be making some serious cash.
- Franchised businesses are run by one headquarter. HQ provides all your business branches with goods as well as collects daily bonuses. In the later levels, you will soon discover that you can have more than one franchise running at the same time. But first, before opening up a second franchise, you will have to complete a series of goals.
- After making your franchise successful, you will be ask to employ some friendly competition. This goal will make you send about 10 spy tour buses to one of your friends’ business to learn their secret. Completing this will help you grow your franchise even more.