City Island Cheats, Tips, Tricks & Strategy

I have just shared with you the details about City Island, a pretty cool city building game for Android, and it’s now the time to go more in depth with it and see what to do to play the game better. I have decided, therefore, to search for some City Island cheats (which are really hard to come by, by the way), so we’ll have to focus more on old school tips & tricks that will make your life easier and your city smoother to build.

So let’s check out below some City Island tips & tricks for a better strategy and a better performing city!

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City Island Tips & Tricks

1. Keep an eye on the ocean!
There you can find pirate chests every now and then (I am not sure if you can find them before level 6, but once you unlock the port, you surely will) and they have great treasures!

2. Keep the right balance between happiness, houses and workers.
You probably know already that in order to expand your population, you need to build residences, but these won’t be filled with people if your happiness levels are low (increase happiness by buying decorations like trees and parks and building community buildings). If you don’t have enough people working, then a business will generate less revenue, so try to find the right balance and always have a bit more people than jobs.

3. How to increase happiness cheaper.
Community buildings increase the happiness by a lot, but they are also pretty expensive. So buy parks and trees instead (you can place the trees in areas where you can’t build houses, so this is another bonus of theirs), therefore saving more money for houses and businesses, as well as space in your city!

4. Keep tapping the question marks above the cars – they will always offer you something good, either coins or extra XP points.

5. Upgrade instead of building more.
There’s no real reason to occupy space (unless you want to complete the quests), so focus on upgrading. Upgrading is not too expensive and you will increase the stats of your buildings by a lot, so it’s really worth doing it! Don’t forget though about the happiness and the whole thing that we talked about at #2.

6. Get gift codes
You can keep an eye on (or like) the game’s Facebook page, the developers keep posting gift codes there, which will always come in handy!

7. Play often
Log in as often as you can, just for 30 seconds or so to collect your income – longer play sessions are better, but if you can’t do that, whenever you’re having a break, you can log in for a little in the game and collect. You don’t really must spend more time, unless you really have it!

8. Be patient and have fun!
You can’t get an amazing city in just a couple of days, so be patient and have fun. Enjoy the experience and relax and slowly grow your city. There’s no rush to go to the “top”!

And these are my City Island tips, tricks and strategy advice for the Android game. I hope you find them useful and that they will help you bring your city to new heights.

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  • Metchidji May 6, 2016, 3:59 AM

    I need those codes pls

  • Leo April 7, 2016, 10:42 PM

    You used to be able to just click the exclamation mark icon really quickly and the adverts wouldn’t play but you’d still get the gold. This game is shit without that cheat.

  • karen October 1, 2015, 6:19 PM

    My code is a-5052uqxint17n

  • An May 14, 2015, 2:47 AM

    My code is: i-ix3bbpphpipp

  • Betzaida Ali July 10, 2014, 6:00 AM

    Hola, no se si muchos me entiendan,, asi que disculpen, traten de entender lo que quiero decir. :), pero pueden usar google translate o cualquier traductor por ustedes mismos. Les compartire mi experiencia con este juego un momento. Habia leido que un truco que se podia usar era el de cambiar la hora y dia del celular/tablet. Pero la verdad, me vino super bien al principio, pero despues me jodio la vida!!!cuando tuve que poner nuevamente mi celular a la hora/dia que eran, las cosas cambiaron, en vez de cobrar cada ejemplo una hora me habian sumado completamente todas las horas que habian pasado, es decir, si se tardaba una hora el edificio para yo cobrarlo, tuve que esperar unas 1435 horas para cobrar, me volvi loca! termine borrando el juego y haciendo uno nuevo! No tenia ningun tipo de opcion, asi que es mejor jugarlo normal aunque nos desesperemos, A penas ahora estoy comenzando otra vez, solo voy por el nivel 16, y tengo una desesperacion ahhaha pero bueno, es parte del juego ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Yo solo llevo unos pocos dias que lo empeze, trato de estar el mayor tiempo posible para ir cobrando y viendo a las personas y los carros. Es lo que hago ๐Ÿ™ Cuidesen chicos!

  • steven ryan June 25, 2014, 5:53 PM

    Early in the game build lots of palm trees on the beach and destroy them over and over this counts towards 4 different achievements and will earn you quite a bit of cash and gold early on. its cheap and easy but a lil time consuming

  • Elise May 24, 2014, 11:49 PM

    mon code ami est: ua4l9prhuqi

  • secret May 9, 2014, 12:47 AM

    My situation is like that

  • ****** May 9, 2014, 12:40 AM

    Pls give me an advice togain more money and gold pls.

    • shubham jain October 13, 2015, 2:42 AM

      date badakar bhai koi bhi rupey kama sakte h

  • dave May 6, 2014, 3:26 AM

    My gift code is rxfnq0ajk

  • reas April 21, 2014, 3:58 AM

    Add me City island 2: xxdey69m

  • Joe mangiaracina April 19, 2014, 12:04 PM

    How do i get more gold to expand without buying it

    • Emmy December 15, 2015, 10:33 PM

      Watch the video’s that they provide. They are in the mission-type side bar thingy some are 15-30 seconds and you can get gold easily that way but it doesn’t always show up on it just sometimes

  • Jeanette April 14, 2014, 4:31 AM

    Hello Islander! My friendship code is: i-ubibl4g So we can both get $5,000! Lโ™กVE City Island!

  • Alexis April 8, 2014, 1:58 PM

    friend me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Justin March 18, 2014, 8:44 PM

    I need help getting friends.i send out invites and my girl plays the game but we can’t figure out how to b friends

  • Justin March 18, 2014, 8:40 PM

    How do I get friends to open my cruise ship I keep sending invite but it won’t give u an option to friend them

  • Devon March 16, 2014, 5:57 AM

    My friends code is i-7wkva4ge

  • Grigori January 30, 2014, 3:44 PM

    my friend code: w-eti99up

  • Android gamer January 27, 2014, 2:04 PM

    My friend code is pvnsnobril

  • laurens January 27, 2014, 11:46 AM

    can someone do it for me plsssss email me : laurens . cohen @ live . nl

  • RubiHeart November 21, 2013, 3:05 PM

    Love this game, play it on my android phone. Here’s my friend code: iwpkjvnlfn. Type it into the social options and you get $5000, and so do I. ๐Ÿ˜€ lol

  • Russ Betts June 9, 2013, 8:10 AM

    Still winter and santa flying about. Can I get this off?

  • jj June 8, 2013, 5:12 AM

    Add my friendshipcode @ aqtpaj7e

  • Fred June 1, 2013, 7:41 PM

    The names file cityisland.db is not in the directory /data/data/com.sparklingsociety.cityisland/databases

  • Landri April 13, 2013, 6:28 PM

    How do you expand your city…..when you start the game there is a fence around the corner of the island how do you expand it

    • kevin May 19, 2013, 3:41 AM

      You expand the city by buying land

  • jj April 10, 2013, 9:25 PM

    I’m having a problem and I can’t find help for it anywhere. My banner bar is still on screen when the game loads so the bit at the top telling how much cash and gold I have is hidden. Has anyone run across this or mor importantly, know how to fix it

  • old school hack March 19, 2013, 12:12 AM

    Play the game. Build what you want then. Exit and goto your phone settings. Goto date and time settings .advance the day by one or the time by 2or 3 doesnt really matter. Return to game you shouldve accumalated money or.y
    our buildings are upgraded completed

    • tilly :D June 25, 2014, 9:32 AM

      Lol that’s what I do! ๐Ÿ™‚ It gives you money for coming back ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Name* March 12, 2013, 2:50 AM

    can you tll me how to do all that

  • Gerard February 19, 2013, 6:30 PM

    After playing this amazing game for hours now I had not enough gold to buy some funny stuff. So I searched for a cheat to get more gold and maybe cash. On the internet I found nothing. I had to examine something for myself to cheat cash and/or gold and found it. WARNING: THIS ONLY WORKS ON ROOTED devices because you have to update restricted apps-data. You must update the database cityisland.db in root:/data/data/com.sparklingsociety.cityisland/databases. First copy with root-explorer or ghost-explorer the file cityisland.db to an editable area such as /storage/sdcard/ or whatever. Than install a free sqlitemanager (I used aSQLiteManager). Now open this copied cityisland.db with the sqlitemanager and open table gamestate. Edit the table data and you will see alot of fields. You see also fields CASH(field 4)and GOLD (field 6) with your current amounts. You can change them to reasonable amounts like I did e.g. 17 million cash and 200.000 gold. Save and exit your sqlitemanager and copy the file back to the root:/data/data/… etc. Thats why you needed a rooted device. Maybe you have to restart City island a second time to see the new cash and gold values…. Happying playing….