Fans of "sim" games should take note of Virtual Villagers 2: The Lost Children [App Store which was recently released to the App Store. The game appears to be a port of their Windows and Mac game of the same name. Free demo versions of this exact game can be downloaded for Windows and Mac from the developer's website.

Readers may be confused as the style of the game seems quite different from the first installment of Virtual Villagers for the iPhone which was published by Vivendi back in October. Vivendi Mobile Games has since ceased operations and so it seems that this new version was produced by different developers.

This sequel seems to be more of a direct port than the previous version, and that means it is somewhat less suited for the iPhone's screen. Characters can be a bit small to target with your finger, for example. The gameplay, however, is quite familiar and involves building up your village. You can manipulate the villager's activities by moving them around with your finger to perform specific tasks and aid in their advancement. Villagers can be tasked to do a number of chores, including gathering food, building shelter, performing research and more. Research allows your villagers to build tools and make discoveries that are necessary to further develop their civilization. Forum user sushibox posts an extensive overview and review of the gameplay:

The play, conceptually, is very close to the first incarnation of VV. You have a rather bare village with a number of villagers, some old enough to perform helpful tasks some too young to do such things as build but can easily explore the map and find/discover items for your personal treasury collection. To get a villager to accomplish any given task, much like the last game, you simply press down on the villager and drag them to do your bidding. Should you want them to build a fire, build a hut, fish or farm, or simply have more children, it's as simple as dragging your respective villager onto that target and they should quickly pick up the action. Just as the last game, the villagers seem to become proficient in that specific task, so you'll notice their primary skill will be whatever they've been up to last. One young man in my village, Gin, is titled "Trainee Builder" because I've had him building a new hut, and so forth down the line.

Like the earlier version, your villagers will continue on their tasks even while you are away, so you need to be sure to check in on your villagers regularly.

This video will give you an idea of the gameplay, but trying the free Mac or PC demo will give you a more interactive experience:


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App Store Link: Virtual Villagers 2: The Lost Children, $1.99 (limited time)

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  • rich_952000

    So, does anyone know who owns the rights to "Virtual Villagers" that Vivendi submitted and sold as an Appstore game? With all the confusion surrounding that app, mixed with the fact that this^^^ game isn't optimized for ipotch, I'm not gonna take a chance.

    I did like the lite version of Fish Tycoon, but same deal, interface was sloppily adapted for ipotch controls.

  • rich_952000

    So, does anyone know who owns the rights to "Virtual Villagers" that Vivendi submitted and sold as an Appstore game? With all the confusion surrounding that app, mixed with the fact that this^^^ game isn't optimized for ipotch, I'm not gonna take a chance.

    I did like the lite version of Fish Tycoon, but same deal, interface was sloppily adapted for ipotch controls.

  • ryoi

    as long as its non-exclusive, time will be the only matter.
    but then again, this is nothing more than boring :/

  • ryoi

    as long as its non-exclusive, time will be the only matter.
    but then again, this is nothing more than boring :/

  • Ryan

    OMG this is just like the one on the computer. I love it! I am still having a couple problems like how to pause the game but this game is soo much better then the first one!

  • Ryan

    OMG this is just like the one on the computer. I love it! I am still having a couple problems like how to pause the game but this game is soo much better then the first one!

  • Sushibox

    Hey! I recognize that review.

  • Sushibox

    Hey! I recognize that review.

  • Alejandro

    Yes! I need more Sim Games for the iPhone. I liked the first version, this will be better I guess

  • Alejandro

    Yes! I need more Sim Games for the iPhone. I liked the first version, this will be better I guess

  • Nak0604

    i have 1 problem and i was wondering how to build a new hut or something on virtual villagers 2 on itouch

  • Nak0604

    i have 1 problem and i was wondering how to build a new hut or something on virtual villagers 2 on itouch

  • no name please

    my game keeps going through these stages where it won't open!!!!! when i get back in all my villagers are dead! i was wondering if anyone has had this problem and if so please answer!

  • no name please

    my game keeps going through these stages where it won't open!!!!! when i get back in all my villagers are dead! i was wondering if anyone has had this problem and if so please answer!

  • no name please

    my game keeps going through these stages where it won't open!!!!! when i get back in all my villagers are dead! i was wondering if anyone has had this problem and if so please answer!

  • no name please

    my game keeps going through these stages where it won\'t open!!!!! when i get back in all my villagers are dead! i was wondering if anyone has had this problem and if so please answer!

  • Heike

    I have the same problem, it wont open half the time, anybody got a fix?

  • Heike

    I have the same problem, it wont open half the time, anybody got a fix?

  • Heike

    I have the same problem, it wont open half the time. does anybody have a fix?

  • Heike

    I have the same problem, it wont open half the time. does anybody have a fix?

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