Frisky Hands-On: Last Day of Work Launches Virtual Villagers on Facebook

Wed, Jul 21, 2010

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Last Day of Work’s Virtual Villagers has been an incredibly popular PC game series for a few years now, lasting multiple sequels, and even a spin-off in the form of Virtual Families. And now, the developer has decided to bring the game truly to the masses, as Last Day of Work and 3 Blokes Studios have brought the game to Facebook.

For those who are familiar with the PC versions of the game, the gameplay here is similar, but is actually much more comparable to Zynga’s FrontierVille, in that you’ll spend the majority of your free time clearing out the trees and weeds on your incredibly expansive island, all in an energy-dependent format. All actions that you order take energy, while leaving your villagers to their own devices does not.

Your first few tasks will be to build a wood bin and an axe bin, along with a food bin. You’ll be able to grow trees and bushes to gather food for the food bin, and can chop down trees or gather wood from randomly placed wood piles in order to fill the wood bin. To start an action into motion, you drag a villager on top of whatever it is you want them to interact with. That is, if you want a tree cut down, you would drag your villager onto the tree and let go of the villager once the tree highlights with an orange glow, letting you know that your villager “sees” it, and will work accordingly.

In this way, your villagers can be trained through repetition. Put a villager’s focus onto building homes (which increases the population of your island) and they’ll gain skill in building. Make a villager gather food or grow crops and their farming skill will rise, and so on. You can customize which skill you would like your villager to focus on by viewing their details menu and checking the preferred skill box next to the trait in question.

Like in the PC versions of the game, item collections function as voluntary side-quests, allowing you to build items like a totem or a sundial. In addition to Huts, you can also build items like Shrines which allow your villagers to worship you, while other decorative items are also available to customize your land.

You can visit your friends’ islands, although as of this writing, it doesn’t appear as though you can do anything special once you get there (this very well may change in the future). However, you can send them free gifts, like free energy, plants and decorations.

Just like its PC counterparts, Virtual Villagers on Facebook appears to be a fairly in-depth experience. If you want to see how the game plays for yourself, head over to the game’s page on Facebook. Before you go, be sure to check out our Frisky Hands-On video below to see the game in action.

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