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Village Life

Release Date:  December 25, 2012
Publisher:  Playdemic, Zynga
Developer:  Playdemic
Genre:  Simulation
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Village Life is a Facebook-based simulation game from Playdemic behind Kingdom Quest and it is also published by Zynga. The game details the life of a group of villagers and how they build a prosperous village.

Review:

Village Life didn’t offer quests in a normal way. Starting by helping a couple to settle down, players have to tend every need of each villager they come to gather. They assign villagers to construct cottages to accommodate their citizens, collect strawberries and water for feeding them, start a fire to keep them warm, and craft a ladder to pick up apples on the tree. When you click the need of a villager, you accept a quest and by implementing those quests you will gain happiness, which determine whether or not you can upgrade.

It is never easy to complete those quests though. You always need something to build the structure, collect the apple, or even light the fire. For example, you need blankies to craft a baby crèche, which could be obtained only by spending Gems or by asking from friends. And you have to collect enough vines to craft gloves before you could finally collect almonds.

Players will not upgrade or finish quests very fast in Village Life. All the actions, including collecting, crafting, and building, take time of varying lengths. Players could speed things up with Gems but since villagers can only work when they’ve got energy left, you will still have to wait for the energy refill sometimes before you can proceed.

The long waits for the actions and energy refill are not the only things that slow things down. Players have to unlock new items with special keys as in Kingdom Quest. As far as I can see, one could get keys only through upgrades and spending real money. It is completely understandable for free-to-play game developers to design one or two ways for stimulating micro transactions, but three different ways? That’s too much.

However, Village Life deserves a shot on at least one account. It is the first game where people both work and have every need satisfied, no matter how detailed that need might be. Players always have to take actions when a baby needs a crèche, a mother wants pears, or a man feels cold. But there is no protagonist, so you will never see a busy person running consecutive errands where all the other characters stand by. However, the game makes it rather difficult to do whatever you want with the limit of the special key and energy systems.

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  1. Goro Moro says:

    Better go read game forums, after reading them – you will not want to play this game at all. For example, you can lose in this game eventually if there will be no childrens/workers in your town but only old villagers, tho you will lose girls when they got married since they move away from your village. Basically the only thing you do in this game – is waiting, like 17 real days to wait for childrens to grow up, to become workers.

    Here is few posts from official forums:

    "I'm leaving the game. Ive lost ALL my vilalgers to marriages with other ppl and now I got a new villager and lost her too to marriage with someone else I now have 1 couple and 1 child in my village, not enough to do anything, this game sucks, good luck with fixing it. "

    "deleted the game, too. All I could do was get food and water for the people and repair things. It's too frustrating. You have to keep your game window open to collect the happiness to level up – I simply don't have the time to stay online all day! You can't do anything at your neighbour's, you need keys for every little thing… I'm done with that game!"

    "Wondering how my village is going to make kids when the elderly ones die since I have no villagers left of child-bearing age."

    "If 1 year of life takes 24 hours, and I just lost 1 female villager, the twins are gonna take at least 17 days in order to marry?"

    "What are we suppose to do when we visit neighbors? Other game give you 5 chances but when I go there is nothing to do. I click on everything and nothing happens "

    • Lloyd says:

      SUCK GAME! I LOST TOO MUCH VILLAGE, MY VILLAGE ONLY HAVE 1 VILLAGER AND 2 STUPID CHILDREN, I CAN'T DOING ANYTHING!!! HOW TO MARY THE 2 OTHER CHILD??? WAIT 17 DAY ONLY TO MARRIED THEM AND LOST THEM AGAIN??? WHAT A STUPID GAME

      WANNA TELL MY FRIEND NEVER PLAY THIS GAME AGAIN

    • Ashley Fee says:

      i need lot of neighbors for this game Village Life if you want be neighbors for this game just look up at ashley20x20@yahoo.com

  2. Maygin Boyd says:

    How do I send neigbors gifts?

  3. julia says:

    how can the couple that had twins have more kids

  4. Anastacy says:

    how to do a baby?

  5. Ana says:

    Hello,

    One of my female villagers started dating with a neighbor’s male villager and then, my neighbor blocked the application. Now my villager has a bubble with a ring, and when I click it, it says ‘ Ludd is no longer dating. There’s plenty of fish in the sea’. So, she seems blocked what can I do about it?

    Help Please!!!

  6. Jamie Lee says:

    Ana, I think you can "break up" with the other villager to start a new relationship. I don't remember how though…

  7. Siena Grace says:

    How long ddoes it take for the people to grow up? My baby is annoying….

  8. How to break up a marriage , i lost my all works . …..

  9. Demi says:

    The fun in Village Life is designing your village and creating a family tree; when your characters are ready to marry, have them date and marry characters from a player who is your FB and VL friend. That way, you keep in contact and keep up with your families. And while there is "waiting" involved, there are no time limits, if starting or completing a task takes 2 days…so be it!

  10. Donnely says:

    Thank you very much!

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