A stranded tribe needs help – Virtual Villagers: A New Home is announced

May 12, 2009

A stranded tribe needs help –
Virtual Villagers: A New Home is announced

Today, Hamburg/Germany-based
publisher dtp entertainment announces Virtual Villagers: A New Home for Nintendo
DS. This colourful, real-time life simulation will be published in Q3 2009.
Virtual Villagers: A New Home takes players to a beautiful tropical island where
they are tasked with helping a tribe of stranded villagers to survive and
discover the island’s many secrets. Surprising events, challenging puzzles, and
fun-to-play mini games all await players eager to take up the task.

When a volcano destroys their former
home, a band of survivors find themselves washed up on the shores of the
beautiful Isola Island. Luckily, their new homeland appears peaceful and
fertile. The stranded villagers are able to find berries, fish are plentiful in
the nearby ocean, and building materials are available for the villagers to
construct their first huts. Until the player assigns tasks, the villagers wander
around the island, just playing tag or chatting, and just like real people, the
Virtual Villagers will become sad or sick if not given enough attention.
However, the player can help by putting the villagers in touch with their
friends. They are able to heal and cheer each other up. Good tempered villagers
can even fall in love and have babies, helping the tribe to prosper.

Players can customize their Virtual
Villagers in many different ways. New names can be assigned and colourful
clothes and accessories including exotic flowers and other collectible items,
can be changed to suit the player’s current mood. Players also will help guide
their villagers in their occupations, determining what role they will play on
the island.

Life on the island never stands
still. Due to a persistent game world, time continues to move forward even if
the Nintendo DS is closed or turned off. When returning to the game, players can
always look forward to a surprise such as the villagers celebrating the
anniversary of their arrival, finding various messages in the bottles that wash
ashore, or discovering a new mini game has been unlocked. Dozens of unexpected
events will occur.

Virtual Villagers provides
easy-to-play fun through discovering the island and taking care for its
inhabitants – complicated micro-management isn’t needed. Virtual Villagers: A
New Home is dedicated to younger simulation fans and casual gamers alike. This
Nintendo DS title is also for gamers on the go who only have short periods of
time to play.

“keen games and dtp entertainment
have done an exceptional job bringing this Virtual Villagers title to Nintendo
DS”, says Arthur Humphrey, Founder of Last Day of Work, the team that created
the successful Virtual Villagers series for PC. “This game is a natural fit for
the system and we are confident and excited to debut our Virtual Villagers
franchise on this platform.” Virtual Villagers – A New Home is developed by keen
games in Frankfurt/Germany, based on a license from Big Fish Games™.