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Family Village

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

City-building sim has players incorporate own genealogy.

Game Facebook 2011
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By incorporating genealogy into the mix, Family Village encourages players to learn about their ancestors while creating a virtual city that reflects their own unique heritage. The family tree is easy to interact with and grow, while the city-building portion offers a nice variety of decorations including homes and commercial buildings, vehicles, and pets. As more details are added to the family tree, players unlock special heritage-related village decorations like regional flags and monuments (to unlock the Golden Gate Bridge, for example, your tree must have at least one relative from California).

Family Village
is a fun sim for genealogy enthusiasts with a few kinks still to work out. The character customization options are not very ethnically diverse (creating an African or Asian ancestor, for example, will prove challenging), and the heritage decorations are for the time being skewed toward North America and Western Europe. The game also attempts to link real historical documents such as archived newspaper articles to relatives in the family tree who have matching names, but players must spend premium currency to purchase the documents before they can be viewed.

Online interaction: Facebook friends can be invited as neighbors but they don't have as much of an impact as in other games. If players have identified certain Facebook friends as relatives through Facebook's Family setting, these friends can be invited into the app and will appear in the family tree. You are asked to reveal personal information about your relatives.

Game Details

  • Platform: Facebook
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Funium
  • Release date: April 20, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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