Game Introduction – Megapolis
Megapolis is a city management game developed by Social Quantum. In this game you need to run a city, keep your citizens happy and expand it to a megalopolis. This quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.
When you start Megapolis, Alice will lead you through a tutorial to explain the basics of the game.
In Megapolis, you’re running a city. A city that wants to grow and that wants to expand. This is process that goes through several steps: you build houses, you gain more citizens, you gain more money (through tax), you build more infrastructure, you build more houses, etc.
You can build your city however you want, but if you want some pointers in the right direction -and earn extra experience points- keep a look out on the tasks listed on the left side of the screen.
When you have hosing, your population will automatically increase over time. When you see a ‘population icon’ over a house, click on it to ‘collect’ people and increase your population. After you’ve collected new residents, a house will ‘recharge’ over time (for instance, 5 minutes for a wooden house, 20 minutes for a bungalow) before you can collect again.
You cannot keep building and expanding your population without having the city to back it up though. By building decorations, and production buildings, you can raise your population cap. For instance, by building a grove, my city can now house 4,500 people, instead of the maximum 4,300 people before.
With an expanding city, so comes the need for an expanding infrastructure. Although you can build roads to keep your city visually pleasing, roads are actually not part of the required infrastructure.
Your city needs electricity and water to run properly. In the menu at the top of the screen, you can see how much of each is currently used, and how much you can produce.
To increase the productivity, buy and build more water and electricity plants.
An added advantage to building water plants, is that it also raises your population cap.
Across the map, you will find ‘projects’, like an unfinished bridge or a public beach. Finish these projects to raise your population cap, and sometimes get other extra’s as well, such as extra electricity production.
Categorized under infrastructure, you can build commercial business, ranging from gas stations to restaurants. Commercial buildings raise your population cap, but their worth lies in tax revenue. Like housing, over time it will recharge, and you can click on the building to collect taxes.
You can also build factories and stores where you can take out contracts. You invest in them to produce something, and when it’s ready, you collect the reward.
If you don’t pick up the proceeds from the contract for too long, or you change your mind, you can always choose to ‘cancel/clean up’. It will cost you a small fee, but you will get half of your investment back.
In Megapolis, you can build special offices from one of the icons on the right.
One is the city hall, where you can hire your friends for administrative positions. For instance, when you hire one of your friends as a tax collector, your taxes will automatically be collected. You don’t have to click on the buildings anymore, nor need to worry about not visiting your city often enough to collect taxes.
You can also build a tax office, where you can adjust your city’s tax. As no one is ever happy to pay more taxes, there is a downside to raising taxes: it lowers your population cap.