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Village Sim

Village Sim

Fall 2005 Software
Ages: 6 & Up
Price: $20.00
Platform: Handheld: System Palm OS
Review:
Village Sim, made by Last Day of Work, is a must have for fans of simulation games. The game begins with a handful of people who have crash-landed on an island where they find a bush full of food, a few huts to sleep in, a place to put their food, and a table upon which to conduct scientific research. The point of the game is to build an island society.

Village Sims runs in real-time, so when the palmtop computer is turned off, or when another application is running, the game continues in the background. Care must be taken to provide the villagers with sufficient food for their needs. If nutrition needs are ignored, players will find only skeletons or tombstones when the game is re-activated. Mercifully, the game can be paused so that it does not advance when the Palm is not in use.

Although simulation games have been around in one format or another for decades, this offering stands out in the crowd. The graphics, music, and sound effects are exceptionally good. Instructions are clear and play is easy, even for 6 year olds.

Village Sims is a reasonably priced, fun, and engaging game that appeals to a wide age group. Players looking for good, continuous, simulation game to play on handheld devices will want to add this to their collection.

Carolyn Gershovich   ©2005 Parents' Choice

Look for this product at:
Online Retailers
Handango
http://www.handango.com
PalmOne
http://www.Palmone.com

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