||Having played before to the point I had a robust city, and starting over with knowledge of the game, I thought it would be useful to provide a guide for new players to help build up a robust city quickly.|
In this game, you will need lots of coins ... lots. These can be hard to come by just sending out flights. And unless you're a billionaire in real life, this is one item that is impractical to purchase in the bank.
So here are my recommendations for the fastest way (for newer players) to accumulate coins without buying them. But the first thing to note is the more you play, the more coins you earn. You won't get rich playing 10 minutes a day.
1. Land lots and lots of guest flights. While you only get a small amount of coins from each flight, you get other things that are more important. Guest planes arrive in your city every 30 seconds.
2. Visit neighbors and tap on their space buildings - especially planetariums. Some space collections give 2000 coins. Plus, the collections give launch ready sets that contain fuel for space missions. You will need that later in the game. And you can earn lots of coins from space flights ... especially if you watch for the launch parties with multiple QL bonuses (search for that in the forum).
3. Tap the small clouds that float over your city. Every once in a while, tapping on the cloud will drop a denser cloud - an item from the Cloud Atlas collection. Each completed collection is worth 800 coins. It may seem like it will take forever, but within 30 days of starting the game, I had completed the collection over 50 times. Incidentally, nothing drops from neighbor's clouds so don't waste your time tapping them.
4. Buy a Water Park. I know it's a big building but it is cheap and it produces 504 coins every three days. But in reality, because you can speed up a coin producing building 10 times every day, it's 5 040 coins - every day. And if you get buildings that give a commerce bonus, put it right next to the water park and increase the take. Just one building with a 10% commerce bonus beside a water park will make it produce 504 + 51 = 555 coins - each time you collect from it for a total of 5 550 each day. Putting more bonus buildings around it will make it produce even more coins. But don't stop there, if you make sure you collect from the buildings while running one of the bonuses that increases the yield from commerce buildings, you can get a lot more than that.
5. Participate in the events. Even if you don't get the events completed, there are other benefits. You can get bonuses as you progress through events. My favorite bonuses are the Fuel Additive (doubles production of fuel for an hour so you can fly more flights) and Spy Glass (improves drop rate from your planes and guest planes).
6. Try to join (or create) a specific type of alliance. The goal of the alliance should be to complete more than 50% but not 70% of the tasks each week. Not 10%, not 100%. Specifically 50% and not enough to make 70%. This will give all members of your alliance a bonus that increases the income from flights by 50% ... and the bonus lasts all week. So you earn more coins from every flight.
7. Participate in launches. But don't think you need to lead them. That will come in time. It takes completed collections and lots of fuel to get a rocket off the ground. In the early stages of the game, just join other people's launches. Lots of people who thought they were ready to launch on their own have failed and lost their preps and fuel.
- Get your blue and green launchpads built and participate in the launches advertised in the Space Launch area of the forum. Even in 2nd or 3rd place in the Apogee (green) mission, you get 3000 coins, 6 silver tokens, airplane fuel, rocket fuel and collection items. 2nd and 3rd place for blue missions it's 5000 coins. And the craziest part is that you get a reward even if you put in no fuel. If you feel really guilty about a free ride, put in 2 fuel units. But seriously, most players won't have a problem with you riding at the back of their launches. And if you keep working at the #2 suggestion, it won't be long before you have enough fuel to lead your own launch and take first place.
- Hold off building the mission control center level 3 and the red launch pad. Upgrading/buying these two buildings costs 600,000 coins. Until you have enough fuel to consistently take first in launches, it will take a long time at lower levels to earn the coins back. The blue and green launch pads are relatively inexpensive buildings.
8. Complete the story missions. You will find a list of these in the top left of the screen. The icon looks like a book. It's not as rewarding as some of the collections but still better than tapping on eateries every minute of the day. There are some missions you should avoid completing though - at least for a while. Specifically, don't upgrade your own planes too soon. Larger planes require lots more fuel and passengers to fill. And you need the terminal to be able to support that number of passengers and the right level of repair base to fix the plane. Put off buying jumbo planes until you have done a lot with the smaller planes. But DO upgrade your runways to land larger planes (see recommendation #1) even if you aren't flying them yourself. Upgrading runways should be one of your highest priorities if you have time to land lots of guest planes.
9. Do NOT do helicopter flights. Well, at least don't do them until you are pretty comfortable with your level of income. Helicopter flights are an awful lot of effort with very little reward in terms of coins. There are benefits to helicopter flights but they seriously slow down the accumulation of coins. There is a "but" here (see this post https://www.airportcitygame.com/threads/should-i-fly-helicopters.38262/#post-517973). If you have a gold subscription, helicopter flights become extremely profitable ... especially when you pair it with a sky captain bonus. You will want to have helicopters in the air all the time. Here's why
- a standard 10m 12s flight to Banff is 120 coins. When you have gold subscription and sky captain, that same 10 minute flight yields 120+720 coins
- a standard 12m 45s flight to Iguazu Falls is 209 coins. When you have gold subscription and sky captain, that same 12ish minute flight yields 209+1254 coins
- a standard 1h 16m flight to Denali is 1274 coins. When you have gold subscription and sky captain, that same 1 hour-ish flight yields 1274+7644 coins
Some other (non coin) recommendations to help you along
- Free greenies - Never forget to take advantage of the weekend code. It comes out on Friday, but you can use that code for the next few days.
- Check the bank multiple times per day. The bottom left of the bank screen contains free offers a twice a day. The offer can be coins, greenies, fuel and bonuses.
- Getting the right gifts - You can change your game name to tell people what you need as a gift. My name is Chloe11111 but you will sometimes see Chloe111-lamps or Chloe111-f20 or Chloe111-addradar.
- Completing buildings - You can watch free videos each day and use toward various things. The number of videos depends on the platform your game is on. If you are trying to complete a building/upgrade, build it with coins first then watch the free videos to get the items needed. Do NOT send those items to your friends in an attempt to get them back unless you have pre-planned a trade. For one thing, they probably don't need those items and they will be forced to give up trading something they actually need to send you what you need. Secondly, they may not be able to send back the same item and you will get a substitute that you probably don't need. If you really need help to complete, ask for it by changing your in game name and use the thread of the forum to ask for help.
- Electricity- Buildings need energy and energy needs space and space gets very very very expensive. My preference (other people have different preferences) is to use greenies to buy electricity that doesn't use lots of space for what it produces. It's way better use of your very expensive land than buying lots of regular wind turbines for 800 coins that produce only 10 electricity. Watch the store regularly (multiple times per day) because they sometimes go on sale. I made the mistake of spending 30 greenies on a tesla power plant and it went on sale later that day for 24 greenies.
- Powerful wind turbines - 6 greenies / 32 electricity / 1 square.
- Solar Power Stations - 9 greenies / 48 electricity / 1 square.
- Tesla Power Plants - 30 greenies / 300 electricity / 4 squares. (These sometimes go on sale for 24 greenies and is the best value)
I have reached the point where coins don't mean much. And you will get there too ... eventually