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Douglasville, GA - Douglas County is featured in a new game app that Chapel Hill News & Views launched in March. The app which is called City Manager is free to download and free to play, and it can be found on the App Store and on Google Play. To encourage local residents to try, and play the game regularly News & Views is giving away a weekly prize of $100 during its launch period.
The app features businesses, people, places, and events that players will recognize from Douglas County. They can also add things to their city that are not actually there such as the Douglas County Zoo or airport. Players can also choose to play versions for Villa Rica and for Temple in the same app. Game play is slightly different than the Douglasville version though because of a different balance of cards.
In City Manager, the players compete to be the first to have a population of 200 in their city. They must try to have a good mix of businesses and people in their city, and they want to avoid attracting the "negative characters." The "negative characters" are characters such as Blackbeard the Pirate, The Gold Mine Gang outlaws from Pine Mountain Gold Museum, and the Big Bad Wolf.
During the game, players use fake money to bid on local businesses and landmarks. They also bid on businesses that are not real such as "Unicorn Farms." Real, fictional, and historic characters are attracted to the city by the businesses that are purchased, and it helps to grow the population. Businesses can make or lose money depending on the current population so players must be aware of how much they spend and must try to maintain a positive cash flow.
The game is rated for all ages in both the App Store and Google Play, and has a good bit of humor. The game is easy to learn even with the strategy that it involves. To help players a tutorial is built into the game, and on the website.
There are four players, so one person will always face three computer players. Two to four players can play Multi-Player from anywhere in the US as well. When playing multi-player, if players would like to talk to each other they can use the Discord app which can be found on the CityManagerGame.com website.
News & Views is giving away a $100 prize to one lucky player each week to promote the game. The prize winners are drawn from entrants who win a single player game, and email a screen shot of their win. Details about the giveaway can be found on the www.citymanagergame.com website.
In 2009, the family of News & Views publisher Tim Collins invented City Manager. The board game version of City Manager Douglas County was released in 2010, and the App version is based off of the board game. It has been in development for over a year and half. Even though the game is now available, News & Views is still continuing to develop the game. Within the next 30-60 days players will find that more cities will also be available to play.