Virtual Villagers: The Secret City, or Virtual Villagers 3 as it is commonly known, is centered around a group of villagers who discovered an abandoned city on the northern side of the fictional island of Isola. The city has fallen into ruins, and the player must aid the villagers who repair the city. The player must solve 16 puzzles to win the game, which are listed below. It was released in 2008 by the game company Last Day of Work.
At the beginning of The Secret City, you start with 0 or 360 food recources and you get a seed. Your first food source is honey, which you get by after making a fire, setting a stick on fire, and calming the bees in the hive. Later on in the game you get fruit trees and fish. The fruit tree grows and you can harvest fruit from it later. To get the fish, you must complete the eleventh puzzle by making the right potion to banish the sharks.
You start out with a few simple buildings in the game. As your tech points increase by having you scientists research, you unlock more housing and structures such as the Ancient Bath and the statue, which is made by your builders.
There are 16 puzzles to finish in this game. Each one requires more skill from villagers, or upgrades from tech points. Sometimes more than one person may need to help or there must be a completion of another puzzle. The puzzles are listed below.
- The First Chief
- The Bee Hive
- The Alchemy Lab
- The Roster of the Dead
- Weather Dancing
- The Lift
- The Rubble
- The Ancient Bath
- The Statue
- The Orchard
- Banishing the Sharks
- The Ash Key
- The Hanging Key
- The Clam Key
- The Sun Dial
Potions return in the third installment of Virtual Villagers. They still work the same as the previous ones, but there are new combinations to try.
Most concepts are the same, such as having Builders, Scientists, etc. However, this is the first game of the series that has a chief of the tribe, who doesn't work, and doesn't have preferences. Also, this is the first game of Virtual Villagers where the villagers must solve a puzzle to get their first source of food.
Windows 2000, ME, XP, Vista, Windows 7 Download size: 50MB DirectX 7.0 or later 256 MB of RAM 700 MHz processor
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later Download size: 50MB Intel or 500 MHz PowerPC G4 or G5 processor 32 MB of VRAM 256 MB of RAM (768 MB for iBook or G4 iMac)
Or you can use it on your tablet, for 99 cents or lite (free) version.