The creators of Virtual City are now letting iPad owner get in on the fun.

From the press release:

    G5 Entertainment, known for its best-selling casual games like Supermarket Mania, Mahjongg Artifacts and Virtual City, today announces the upcoming social city building game for iPad, Virtual City Playground.

    One year ago, Virtual City was released on iPhone and iPad. Since then, it has experienced tremendous success – #1 Top Grossing Game in 17 countries including major EU markets, has been in Top 10 Grossing Games in 51 countries, has been in top 5 Grossing Strategy Games in all markets.

    On August 25, a new, social free-to-play version of this runaway hit will appear on iPad as a free download.

    More information about the game:

    Your favorite Virtual City gameplay is now FREE in Virtual City Playground! Pre-defined missions are replaced with unlimited free play. The game will offer 87 new quests to complete for awards, with additional quests coming subsequently in free updates. Extra content in the game includes:
    · 10 exclusive landmarks: Acropolis, Big Ben, Coliseum, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, Tower of Pisa, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera, Taj Mahal;
    · 68 various decorations will help players make their city the most enviable place in the world;
    · New entertainment buildings that will help make the city prosper: Restaurant, Club, Fitness Center, Museum of Modern Art, History Museum, Tennis Court, Bowling, Fish Restaurant, Amusement park, Green Theatre, Casino, Rollerdrome, Mini Golf, Arcade building.

    The game will use In-App Purchase to let players buy in-game currency (city credits and invest points). They can use this currency to unlock additional content and purchase more energy which is necessary to build the city. It is possible to complete the game without any in-game purchases.

    Virtual City Playground will let players challenge their friends on Facebook and Apple Game Center. For posting a Facebook achievement players will receive awards in a form of in-game currency (limited to 1 invest point per day).

    Game Center will also be integrated, for high scores and achievements. High scores will be integrated for city level, number of city credits spent, as well as Happiness, Environment, and Population indicators. Over 95 achievements will let players share their progress with their Game Center friends.

    Important note: G5 Entertainment will be providing regular free updates to the game, offering players more content, game mechanics and enhancing social integration.