The My City area can be very helpful for players that utilize it wisely, think about how long you play for and at what times during the day and purchase accordingly.
It is my strong advice that you start as early as possible on improving your city, it is a vital source of income particularly at higher levels, at the bottom of this section I have included my recommendations on which are the best buildings and which aren’t if you can’t find the time to read the whole section then that may be more beneficial to you.
The current buildings in My City are –
Weapon Storage – Base cost of $1,000 which goes up by $100 for every weapon storage (for example the first is $1,000, the tenth $2,000 and the hundredth $11,000) for each building you gain $195 every 15 minutes. This is a great building to start with as it will return very quickly and in no time at all you will have made your money back, it is beneficial to all levels as while it gets more and more expensive each time you are making money back on it very quickly. So if you find yourself with money to burn then this is a very good building to use it on if you are on several times a day or for extended periods.
Gas Station – Base cost of $5,000 which goes up by $500 for every Gas Station (the first is $5,000, the tenth $10,000 and the hundredth $55,000) for each building you gain $260 every 20 minutes. Another good building to start with as it gives decent returns not as good as the weapon storage for cost relative to returns but keep in mind that the weapon storage's returns will be better than this until the 50th one, so while it may be better off in the long run when starting stick to the weapon storage.
Sushi Restaurant – Base cost of $60,000 which goes up by $6,000 for every Sushi Restaurant (the first is $60,000 the tenth $120,000 and the hundredth $660,000) for each building you gain $2,600 every 2 hours. An average building to own and very comparable to the Diner, decent payout for a decent price but nothing special.
Diner –Base cost of $85,000 which goes up by $8,500 for every Diner (the first is $85,000 the tenth $170,000 and the hundredth $935,000) for each building you gain $3,250 every 2 hours. An average building to own and very comparable to the Sushi Restaurant, decent payout for a decent price but nothing special.
Night Club – Base cost of $2,000,000 which goes up by $200,000 for every Night Club (the first is $2,000,000 the tenth $4,000,000 and the hundredth $2,200,000) for each building you gain $65,000 every 5 hours. Great payouts although very expensive for lower levels, keep in mind though that this is a good investment especially for people who don’t play too regularly as the bigger payout over more time is much more worthwhile than small and regular payouts.
High Rise Condo – Base cost of $400,000 which goes up by $40,000 for every High Rise Condo (the first is $400,000 the tenth $800,000 and the hundredth $4,400,000) for each building you gain $7,150 every 3 hours. Waste of money, you would have to have ~50 diners and sushi restaurants to warrant buying even one.
Mansion – Base cost of $3,000,000 which goes up by $300,000 for every Mansion (the first is $3,000,000 the tenth $6,000,000 and the hundredth $33,000,000) for each building you gain $13,000 every hour. Much better off saving for Luxury Spa Resorts, head back to these mansions if you have 6 or more Luxury Spa Resorts already and are on regularly enough to make use of the hourly payouts.
Luxury Spa Resort – Base cost of $5,000,000 which goes up by $500,000 for every Luxury Spa Resort (the first is $5,000,000 the tenth is $10,000,000 and the hundredth $55,000,000) for each building you gain $325,000 every 12 hours. A great investment, the first to give large remuneration a must have once you can afford it.
Office Building – Base cost of $20,000,000 which goes up by $2,000,000 for every Office Building (the first is $20,000,000 the tenth is $40,000,000 and the hundredth $220,000,000) for each building you gain $650,000 every 8 hours. A good paying building but quite costly compared to the Luxury Spa Resort, worthwhile once you’ve purchased ~10 Luxury Spa Resorts already.
Private Airport – Base cost of $30,000,000 which goes up by $3,000,000 for every Private Airport (the first is $30,000,000 the tenth is $60,000,000 and the hundredth $330,000,000) for each building you gain $780,000 every 9 hours. As with the Office building this is a good paying building but quite costly once you’ve started buying Office Buildings these are worthwhile investments.
Dock – Base cost of $40,000,000 which goes up by $4,000,000 for every Dock (the first is $40,000,000 the tenth is $80,000,000 and the hundredth $440,000,000) for each building you gain $1,040,000 every 10 hours. If you’ve got the money and you’ve already spent up of Luxury Spa Resorts, Office Buildings and Private Airport’s then this is the next logical step.
Skyscraper – Base cost of $100,000,000 for each building you gain $1,300,000 every 16 hours. Only worthwhile if you are absolutely loaded, no player in the game has spent enough on their city to warrant purchasing a Skyscraper yet (although some have) you would have to already have 22 docks for it to be worthwhile.
So what buildings should you buy? Without specific knowledge of your situation (level, available cash and how regularly you play) it is difficult for me to give a definitive answer to which buildings best suit you, this is my method and it’s currently returning over $50,000,000 a day for me.
Pump money into the Weapons Storage and Gas Station, these are great sources of income. The Night Club and The Luxury Spa Resorts are great pickups too even with their longer payout times, once you’ve got quite a few weapons storage's and gas stations (a few dozen of each) then a couple of sushi restaurants and diners will make for a good pickup. Avoid High Rise Condo’s and Skyscrapers unless you’ve already got a decent amount of all other buildings as they are money pits without good enough payouts. Once you’ve got a few Luxury Spa Resorts then start looking into Office Buildings, Private Airports and Docks, after around half a dozen of each the mansion will begin to be worthwhile.
Last edited by rekabkram
on Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:27 am, edited 3 times in total.