A village manager game with dedicated missions.
Virtual Villagers 5 is mostly about managing your village. Your secondary objectives include converting a bunch of heathens into followers, removing their totem poles and getting them to take off their masks.
The goals in this game are far tougher than they were for the fourth game in this series. The graphics have also been tweaked a little to make them a little smoother. The game has a hint of Populous: The New Beginning since you have god-like powers and have to command your followers. Gain points to grow your powers, and build your god-like skills.
There Are Other Games Out There That Are Like This One
You may read reviews claiming that this game is unique, but if you are a hardcore gamer or a fan of the Real-Time-Strategy (RTS) game, then you will recognise a lot of features in this game from other games. What is good about this instalment is that they have given you a little more freedom. It used to be that you had an objective and you had a seemingly single path towards completing that objective. You were railroaded into a solution with very little wiggle room, but with this game, you have more freedom to vary things.
Damn Those Repetitive Noises
Some fool decided that the villagers should repeat the same phrases when things need doing. It wouldn’t be so bad if they varied what they said as they do with Seven Kingdoms, but to hear the same grunting noises again and again is annoying.
You Have To Babysit The Game
As a player, you do have control over what happens, but for the most part your job is babysitting the village. It takes a very long time for things to happen, which means you also need a lot of patience. You have to be very careful when you play otherwise things fall apart. Speaking of babysitting, when a villager woman has a baby, then she cannot do anything else for two years, which is just dumb.
That Religious Thing
Some people do not like the idea that it goes the way of converting villagers from one religion to another. It is not so much the fact that you get to convert them organically--you have to invade and pull down their totem poles. It hits rather close to home for some people.