08 Oct

Bug Village is a Freemium “Build A Village” game and is released by Glu.

“This is BUG VILLAGE, a tiny town where you build and nurture a colony of active ants and busy bees! Construct homes to attract playful bugs and direct them to the garden, where they can gather resources to expand your village.”

The idea of the game is to build a village for your buggy friends and along the way gain resources to expand your village.

There are two main resources to control in the game:

  • Acorns – Used to buy buildings, plants, food and decorations.
  • Coins – Reduce time on a task (roughly 2 hours = 1 coin), also needed for purchasing some items.

To enlarge your village you need to build houses and hives (decorating it along the way). You need to place food to keep your bugs feed and hopefully full of energy and places piles of trash for them to keep the village repaired. There are also flowers to buy for your bees to use.

As you progress through the game you advance in level and with that unlock more buildings and items for your village.

On the Freemium side, the game slows to a crawl in a matter of minutes after the tutorial if you do not spend the coins that you have been give. You gain a few extra coins for a while, but soon burnt through building your village and trying to get things done. By the time I was level 7, I was at a near standstill with only 200 acorns and 0 coins left. Things were taking between two and six hours for bigger tasks, although some minor tasks still took between 1 to 15 minutes.

The game is controlled by selecting items from the menu and placing them on the map. Things on the map can be clicked and a menu will appear to move etc.

The graphics are a nice 3D, but a little blocky.

On the upside:

  • A solid resource management game.
  • Lots to do and unlock.

On the downside:

  • Coins soon runs out and you are waiting hours to get anything done.
  • You will need to switch off notices (Notifications).
  • Coins are expensive. (10 coins = £1.19)

Overall, this is another Freemium title that starts off well and then you hits the pay wall. It is not as bad as some I have played, but still seems a little long to achieve anything.  Coins are far to expensive to what they will do. If you like this style of game then it is worth a look.

Rating: 74%

Size: 28.1 MB

Price (at time of review): Freemium


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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Game - Strategy, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS


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