In the world of City Eye, you’ll become an operator of the Central Monitoring System, who will try to prevent the effects of every single transgression in the game. Use city maps to track dangerous areas and don’t let the suspects run away from the Police.
Release Date: August 12, 2022 Players: 1 Players Genre: Management, Simulation, Indie Publisher/Developer: SIG Publishing ESRB Rating: E – Everyone Reviewed on: PC Via Steam
We got lucky to have another first responder genre game come across our desk this week with City Eye. It is always fun taking a trip down memory lane for when I was a first responder with these type of games…back in December of 2021 we took a look at Flashing Lights and now it is time to take our turn at looking at City Eye were you work as a camera operator watching over the city and getting first responders to the scene when you find an issue. Below you can see what the developers say about the game:
Become the Guardian of the City Become an operator of the Central Monitoring System, which will try to prevent the effects of every single transgression in the game. Use a city map to track dangerous areas and don’t let the suspects run away from the Police.
In City Eye you work your day-to-day shift as a surveillance camera operator. During your shift you locate potential emergency situations from fires, crimes in progress, or medical situations. Once you spot something fishy you choose to summon the correct emergency service to handle the situation. As you progress through your day you earn currency to upgrade your equipment depending on how well you handled the response to the emergencies you located or missed. From a storyline perspective the idea is solid, but will the gameplay hold up and keep you coming back for more?
In City Eye you control a security cameras throughout the city. Using your keyboard to rotate, zoom, and pan your cameras to spot crimes, medical emergencies, and fires throughout the view of the camera. Once you spot a situation that needs remedied you click on the scene and request the proper services to handle the scene. Depending on how well you respond you earn cash to upgrade your systems throughout the city. The idea sounds great, but after playing for a couple shifts it got repetitive quickly and the days just seemed to bleed together. Outside of the point and locate gameplay there was nothing to bring you back. The situations you encountered throughout the game repeated daily and there was no interaction with responding agencies to enhance the scene.
It City Eye you have a bird’s eye view of the city, and only as far as your camera can see. So, one would think that given the lack of area to render that the graphics would be simply amazing. However, the graphics on an overall scale are simple for the time this game was released. The user interface is decent, but decent is about as good as it comes for the graphics. While playing the game it feels as if we were playing on the original Xbox or PlayStation 2 and not really a current game.
We went to check our trusty friends at howlongtobeat.com and found the game but no submitted times yet. As we played through the game, we observed that each shift takes about 8 minutes on average. When you break that down it doesn’t seem like the playtime would be an issue, but when you factor in the repetitiveness of the gameplay and really the lack of actionable things to do other than just watch and click, the playtime gets pretty stale and drawn out. Could you come back to the game every now and then to complete more of it? The simple answer is yes, but the real question is will you want to?
Overall, and I hate to say it because I am always looking for a great emergency service game, but City Eye fell short. Does the game do everything it offered…yes but with repetitive point and click gameplay, limited emergency types, and once responders on scene the scenes just disappear it leaves you thinking there should have been more. Play time of the shifts was good but wanting to play more than a couple shifts would lead to additional dry gameplay. Giving the small scope of the game you would expect polished graphics and even in that department the game missed. In conclusion we are still in search of a good first responder genre game.
City Eye falls short of offering a good emergency service game. Does the game do everything it offered...yes but with repetitive point and click gameplay, limited emergency types, and once responders on scene the scenes just disappear it leaves you thinking there should have been more. Play time of the shifts was good but wanting to play more than a couple shifts would lead to additional dry gameplay. Giving the small scope of the game you would expect polished graphics and even in that department the game missed.
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