Virtual Villagers: The Tree of Life
Not my style...
I like time management, strategy, and puzzles. Loved The Promised Land & Little Folk of Faery; characters were larger and more fun to watch, artwork was much better, music had more variety, progress was slow but made sense; cause-and-effect worked. I've re-played those a lot, and also enjoyed Hero of the Kingdom and the Adelantado Trilogy very much. VV just doesn't play well; without the BFG Forum it is purely guesswork, and it takes much too long for characters to move, to collect needed points, and to accomplish anything. Objects appear at random; after you collect one it re-appears later but gives you no more points, while you still wait for new objects to show up, if they ever do. There is really very little for the villagers to do; some actions need several repeats to work, but you don't know how many. It's fun watching tribe members grow up, and I liked that you could visit the "mausoleum" and visit/remember the dead tribespeople; but you can waste a lot of time playing this, and I did - 3 days worth. Logic and reasoning and gaming skills won't help you here; if it hadn't been for the BFG blog walkthru I'd have given up. I won't play again, and am not interested in others in the series. Not recommended.
February 17, 2014
So, so, slow
While the graphics are good, the challenge of choosing compatible players is OK; but even then, you cannot "un-choose" a player if you happen upon one that has more experience starting out. This game is soooooo slow, I'm glad I got it during a Buy One Get One Free sale on the site. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't pay money for another game from Big Fish.
In over an hour of playing, the debris field I needed to clear was only 10% cleared, and the hut was less than half completed. All you do is pick up the people, place them on a task, and watch them refuse to do the task quite often. You set them on a task and in five minutes, you find the one who was supposed to build a hut picking berries, even though they have 500 berries!
I will turn the game off for a day, and the very next day I open the game and they are all dead, and I have to start over.
After a few tries of this game, I realized that I've got much better things to do with my time.
June 25, 2013
I've always loved the VV games so bought this without trying first. BIG mistake!!! Good story line, good concept but way too little to actually do. The majority of the game is dependent upon having kids running around looking for collectibles. I'm sorry but panning around and around and around is NOT my idea of fun. You have to acquire tech points to advance and again, there is so little to do it takes forever to do so. And trying to get any of the villagers to learn new things is like trying to wrangle cats. You have to keep putting them back over and over and over again. Add to that the fact that so far all but one in two different tribes is slow as molasses it takes FOREVER to get anything done! The challenges? Make 10 stews, make 50 stews, make 10 cutting tools, make 50 cutting tools...make 25 villagers burp soapy burps. Whoo-hoo, hold me back with all this excitement!!! And just try solving the puzzles without using a cheat...not gonna happen. Drop 2 kids and 1 adult on this thing here when it appears after this happens then do it multiple times, Seriously, who is going to think to do that??? In the previous VV's you could at least get a feel for what you should do next but this one leaves you mostly clueless...and bored out of your flipping mind.
March 4, 2014