"Virtual Villagers 2 The Lost Children" Review (PC)

Virtual Villagers 2 The Lost Children
"Virtual Villagers 2 The Lost Children" Screenshot. Screenshot © Last Day of Work.

Publisher: Last Day of Work
Release Date: February 2007
Genre: Life


  • Continues the story where "Virtual Villagers" ended
  • New, harder puzzles to solve
  • Children now resemble parents
  • Works with Windows and Mac


  • Not for gamers who want immediate results
  • gameplay can be slow going at times

"Virtual Villagers 2 The Lost Children" Features

  • Runs in real-time, game continues to run when you are away
  • Find out what's on the other side of the cave from "Virtual Villagers A New Home."
  • Items (shells, bugs, butterflies, rocks) for children to collect.
  • Villagers age from babies to adults, and eventually die.
  • Give your villagers new outfits.
  • Research for tech points that can be used to buy new technology in farming, engineering, medicine, science, culture, and exploration.
  • Help the sick through healing and hospitals.

"Virtual Villagers 2 The Lost Children" Review

Many gamers I've talked with were frustrated with the ending of "Virtual Villagers A New Home." The story was left with no clear ending, only that a new cave had been discovered. Not knowing what was in that cave was torture for some. Finally, with "Virtual Villagers 2 The Lost Children" we find out what's inside of the cave.

First a little background info for gamers new to "Virtual Villagers." In "Virtual Villagers A New Home," we are given an island of stranded villagers and have to help them find food, breed, and research technology to not only keep them alive, but to improve their way of living as much as you can on a deserted island. Villagers had to solve a set of puzzles to unlock the mysteries of the island. At the end when all the mysteries were solved, there was a cave that was uncovered in one of the puzzles. We never learn anything more about this cave.

This is where "Virtual Villagers 2 The Lost Children" picks up. We learn that villagers go through the cave and discover on the west side that there is a group of children that need help. The villagers are stuck there and need to rediscover technology and find food for the group. A new set of puzzles, harder this time around, will depend on the villagers research and your solving problem skills.

Villagers are controlled by picking them up and placing on the object you want them to use. You don't have to worry about their needs; just make sure that they are fed. The challenges of the island are not to micromanage each villager, but to keep the village going as a whole.

Villagers can become builders, scientists, breeders, healers, or even farmers. Each skill is important and a well-rounded skilled group is needed. Finding the balance between keeping the villagers alive and solving the puzzles is the key. In the beginning, a lot of time is spent just making sure they don't run out of food while managing to do some research.

The gameplay has not changed a lot from the first game. A couple of new features have been added that gamer's specifically asked for. Namely the addition of being able to change their clothes and having a child's parents listed in their details. Another addition is that children now collect more than just mushrooms. They can also collect shells, pebbles, butterflies and beetles. Overall, no earth shattering changes were made overall. "Virtual Villagers 2 The Lost Children" is the second part of a story, not a full fledged sequel that takes the series in a new direction. It moves the story along and gives us more puzzles to solve. Without revealing what the solutions to the puzzles are, I'll say that many of them deal with finding artifacts and researching items found on the island.

The unique part of the "Virtual Villager" games is that they are played in real-time. You can't fast forward through parts and complete the game in one night. It takes time for the villagers to research and gather coconuts and farm. You'll have to check in on the village periodically through the day. I've found that after a couple of days of watching them closely, they will do okay on their own. The real-time play is a strength and a weakness, it all depends on the type of gamer you are. If you want instant gratification, you won't get it with "Virtual Villagers."

If you always wondered what was through that cave in "Virtual Villagers A New Home," you'll be given a satisfactory answer. If you haven't played the first one, go ahead and play it, then come back to "Virtual Villagers 2 The Lost Children." You need to play the first to understand how the story starts out. Chances are if you loved the first, you don't need me to tell you to go download it, you already have. No matter what type of gamer you are, "Virtual Villagers 2" is worth giving a try.