There’s nothing quite as pleasantly surprising as a mobile game that starts out looking like one thing and morphs into something else. Downtown Showdown, the second release from Colopl for the western market, is like that. Early on, it seems like just another Sim City-style city-builder, but as you play more, it reveals some more competitive DNA.
That’s because you’re not only trying to build the best city you can, but also to take sides in the conflict between rival businessmen Zach Gold and Bill Banks. On top of that, there’s also a very real competitive multiplayer element, where you have to recruit attacker units to muck up cities built by other players and compete to see who can build the best city in a limited amount of time.