Game Insight will re-invent city building games with My Country 3D

While licensed city builders like The Simpsons Tapped Out do big business, original titles like Game Insight's My Country series have their own loyal audience as well. 2020: My Country is still going strong with fresh updates two years after release, in fact. Today Game Insight announced the next step for the My Country series: My Country 3D!

The new game will allow players to grow and manage a thriving city from a bird's eye view all the way down to street level, interacting with individual citizens and looking after their needs. With a versatile new graphic engine and a host of new features and improvements, My Country 3D aims to please both existing fans as well as players who crave true simulation games. We've played an early build and come away impressed. Read on for our detailed preview with exclusive screenshots!

My Country 3D journalist group picture with Paul Acevedo

Left to right: Eli Hodapp from Touch Arcade, Natalie Edgar from Complex, Paul Acevedo from Mobile Nations, Harry "Punchee" Slater from Pocket Gamer, Jim Squires from Gamezebo, Adam Hammer from Complex, and Anatoly Ropotov of Game Insight in front

Previewing My Country 3D

Game Insight recently invited a selection of mobile gaming journalists to its Innowate studio in Riga, Latvia to check out the publisher's upcoming lineup of titles. These included turn-based strategy game X-Mercs (which I look forward to telling you about very soon), the latest update to cross-platform raiding game Cloud Raiders, an unannounced strategy game, and Game Insight's new flagship title My Country 3D.

My Country 3D's big innovation is what Game Insight calls "genre-defining skyline-to-street level gameplay." Players can still utilize the traditional zoomed-out isometric view to get a good look at their personal metropolises. Even at a distance, My Country 3D improves the experience by offering full control of camera angles. Tilt the camera down and you'll get an excellent view of your buildings and skyscrapers. Use the built-in photo mode to capture dramatic vistas and more.

The real fun comes from zooming to a street level view. Suddenly you can watch adorably rendered citizens going about their daily lives: driving cars, visiting parks, buying food, going to work, and more. These individuals all have moods and needs. If you see an unhappy pedestrian, tap and drag her to a location that will cheer her up. Or just pick up and drop people in silly places, because why not?

My Country 3D level up

Bringing the city to life

My Country 3D begins with players meeting two important characters: the mayor and city manager. They'll guide you through the basics of constructing buildings, caring for your citizens, and completing quests. One quest involves restoring an abandoned town on the outskirts of your city and absorbing it into the metropolis. As you complete these quests, you'll level up – accompanied by a festively animated celebration at city hall (building pictured above).

As with previous My Country games, new buildings still require money, energy, and materials to build. Players will earn these materials by interacting with various businesses and buildings throughout the city. This process is much more interesting to watch than in previous games, however…

My Country 3D Mobile Nations exclusive

We selected a pizza restaurant while zoomed in and were greeted with a cute animation in which a customer orders a pizza. After the customer gets his pizza, the cashier tosses whatever items the player earned to the customer. And when you spend those items to create a new building, you'll toss them to the city manager who begins construction. Finally, a ribbon cutting ceremony signifies the building's completion.

New animations and close up views make My Country 3D feel more vibrant and alive while a variety of simulation elements add realism to the experience. The day and night cycle does more than just change the lighting effects. It also affects populations, businesses, and quests.

Some shops open only at night or close when the sun goes down, and you might even catch thieves prowling during late hours. The game will also have seasons (inspired by Animal Crossing) though I'm not sure whether they're tied to the real-world calendar or an in-game cycle.

My Country 3D lumberjack Mobile Nations exclusive

I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay!

Will My Country 3D be the ultimate city builder?

Like most city building games, My Country 3D will be free to play. How Game Insight balances free to play elements with the new game's expanded scope and simulation and sandbox aspects will likely determine whether My Country 3D can capture fans of games like Cities: Skylines or not. We do know that players will have a limited number of builders, with the option of purchasing more in order to construct more things simultaneously.

My other wish for the game is greater racial diversity in the city's population. While the developer is located in an area made up almost entirely of white people, the racial mix is much different in the US and other countries. My Country 3D is still a few months away from release, so hopefully Game Insight will work in some diversity before launch.

My Country 3D Paul Acevedo

Paul Acevedo visits a cell phone store

My Country 3D will launch on iOS, where it takes advantage of the graphical capabilities of the Metal Framework. But the game is built on the multiplatform Unity engine, so don't be surprised if it ends up on Windows 10 and Android someday. Game Insight plans to release My Country 3D by the end of the year.

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • Looks like it would fit in on a Wii.
    I like the art, never liked the gameplay, but maybe it's time to give it another go.
  • you mean ea's my sims Posted via the Windows Central App for Android On W10
  • Will it support 512mb ram phones.....
  • Unlikely.
  • Don't know but its time to jump from 512mb ram windows phones.
  • First it has to launch on ios at end of year. Then wait to reach android. Then (if very lucky) wp with 1gb ram. And finally (very unlikely) reach 512mb ram windows phones.
  • Hmmm..I wonder if I'll get it
  • The last para mars all the excitement with the mention of ios only launch!
  • Don't despair. Game Insight usually brings its games to Windows before too long. ;)
  • So many cool concepts are ruined by the free to pay model. Previous "my-something" titles were no exception and I bet this one won't change the model either.
  • Yes. I have stopped playing free to play games completely now. The artificial waiting and lack of batch queues is just counter-productive. I do not care that most games use the model today: if it is "free", I do not play it, even if it's super awesome in graphics, because gameplay will be ruined anyway.
  • Hmmmm. Number of iOS users vs Windows.
  • I'll follow this once it lands on Windows.
  • I loved sim city 2000. Will I love this?
  • It certainly has a decent amount in common with Sim City. Hopefully it turns out well.
  • So this game is like "Second Life" for mobiles?
  • Not really. It's much more like Sim City or Cities: Skylines.
  • I would say @Lumio is correct, because of the freemium model which is similar to how Second Life supports transactions. The only difference is how freemium games stall gameplay in order to encourage players to pay money on a regular basis. In Second Life, you buy things but there are no exaggerated build times as far as I know.
  • does it offer a cloud-syncing option or not since that's the main reason for not playing any of Game Insight's games??
  • Awesome metal ios it's the answer of the of course more powerful direct x. That nobody uses on windows phone
  • I think this is a instant buy for me as long as the price isn't insane.
  • ... you're joking right? It's a free game
  • No mobile game is 100% free. I don't mind dropping a couple bucks on a a few pieces here and there if they are worth it. 
  • I want to be a used helicopter salesman!
  • I tried the My Country series.  Fricken hated it.  The game was laid out nicely, but you can't get anywhere without paying real money for crap!  They intentionally make it impossible to progress without paying.  That is so stupid.  I have NO problem paying $50 for a GREAT game, but charge me $1 to get one item dropped so I can build a building... and I'll hate you forever. 
  • It's not impossible without paying - just grindy.
  • Really?  Believe me, I tried.  And tried.  And tried.  After three weeks of trying to build ONE building, and having buttloads of items I didn't need, I just wrote off the game.  Because I knew if I paid for one building, there will be more. I just wish they could make TWO paths to go down: frustrating freemium, or a challenging (not frustrating) pay to play. 
  • I really don't know what you're talking about. I played MyCountry 2020 for around a year, reached the highest level, and never paid a cent. I only stopped when my HDD died and I haven't asked them to restore my game yet
  • Consider yourself lucky. My sister, friend, and I all started at the same time, and all of us got stuck at the same time, and all quit at the same time. Just couldn't get those damn drops to work in our favour.
  • I don't know Paul. Cities;Skylines is a tough one to beat. I don't know if you've played yet but I'd be interested in your opinion on that game.  But this one looks intriguing.
  • Yeah, it's not a fair comparison as far as scale goes, and both have completely opposite payment methods. But they're the same kind of game, and I hope that this one will offer some of that same experience on the go.
  • No doubt this game would have some big shoes to fill. But, this is not about Cities:Skylines so I'll back off for now.  :)
  • Looks fun... But I don't know if I have the time to build and maintain a city. But I know some people who will totally love this!
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  • I agree with the first half of your sentence.
  • I bet those timers, gems and paywalls will look even more stunning in three dimensions! Can't wait -_-