Virtual Villagers

8.5Overall Score

You have a set of five series for this game.

Real-time play means lots of waiting.

PC, Mac



By now, you’ve been around the virtual online gaming world for a while, and you probably think you’ve done it all. But what if we told you that there’s a 5 series (and possibly more in the future) online sim world where you can control everything and raise an entirely new community as you see fit? There is: Virtual Villagers.

The first game (A New Home) sets up the premise for the entire series. Basically, you teach a bunch of unorganized, confused villagers how to adapt and survive on their new island home. You’ll teach them basic survival skills and more elaborate things, like science and farming, so that they can really build up a community. Once you’ve mastered that, you can move on to the second game, The Lost Children. Pretty much the same as the first, except you’ll be working with children, which really ups how much you have to teach them.

So now you have your villagers going, an awesome community set up (yup, you get to see what it’s like to run the world!). What’s next? A secret city of course! Virtual Villagers 3 is centered on an abandoned city that you have to explore and unearth the secrets of, all while helping your villagers turn it into a new home. Then, in the Tree of Life, you get to explore the entire island, finding out all of the secrets of your world.

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The series leaves off (as of 2012) with New Believers. This fifth installment allows you to start out with the villages and communities you’ve already built, and you have to help them convert the last of the island’s savages to their way of life.

All of these operate in real time, and you don’t have to stick around for everything. So kill time between dates, homework, or class, and enjoy this one!

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Ella has been playing video games for over 15 years. She worked for a large game production company before and after quitting it in 2003, became a freelance writer.

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