A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The simulation reinforces how important it is to work together. But women with babies are automatically taken out of the work force for two years, and, unfortunately, shown doing nothing when caring for children.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Reproduction is part of this life simulation, but it's handled by couples kissing and going inside a hut. Sometimes when they emerge, the woman is carrying a baby.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that villagers can die; when they do, their skeletons litter the ground. Eventually your villagers will learn to bury their dead in a graveyard. Parents of young children should also be aware of the game's mating aspect. Sometimes villagers kiss and then go inside a hut. When they emerge, a baby may appear in the woman's arms. You can also drop one villager on another to see if they like each other. If they do, they kiss and go inside a hut. It's rare, but possible, for three people to go inside a hut together.
Is It Any Good?
What makes the streamlined simulation Virtual Villagers unique is that it runs in real time: Even when you quit playing for the day, your villagers keep living unless you choose to "pause" the game. This isn't a game that you play all at once. Instead, you fiddle with it for about 10 minutes at a time, then let the villagers get on with their lives until the next time you want to peek in. Managing this virtual world isn't difficult; it just takes patience.
By playing Virtual Villagers, kids will think about life in terms of what's necessary to survive. They'll learn that people need shelter, food, healing, and the ability to reproduce. And to better their lot, they need to be creative and scientific. It's a perspective that many young people may not have thought about before playing this game.
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