Where to Find More Food in the 'Virtual Villagers' Game

How to get more food than just berry bushes

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"Virtual Villagers: Origins" is the mobile version of the "Virtual Villagers" simulation game. The villagers are coping on a remote island after a catastrophic eruption destroyed their previous home. They have little or no resources, so the goal is to ensure they survive.

The most important goal is to prevent starvation. The only food source villagers have to start with is the Berry Bush, but the supply (around 1400) is quickly depleted and sometimes doesn't re-grow fast enough. You need to actively work towards another food source.

Children villagers can gather an occasional brown or red (less common but more satisfying) mushroom, too, but that does not provide enough sustenance. Plus, the sunlight is quick to wilt them.

How to Get More Food in Virtual Villagers

Your only option for food, in addition to berries and mushrooms, is to purchase Farming Technology level two or three. 

Second level farming costs 12,000 Tech Points in "Virtual Villagers: Origins" and lets you plant crops in the field, which is a great source of additional food. However, for even more food, but also more Tech Points (100,000), you can unlock the third and final level of farming to reach fish and crab...if you can overcome the shark dangers!

If you need more Tech Points in "Origins," you can set your villagers as researchers (see below). Tap them and put them on the research table. Several seconds later, they should get on their knees and start searching. If they don't, keep trying — you may have to do this over a dozen times before they get it right and stop standing up!

Once your villagers are searching, put one of them on a cactus to make it research medicine and put another on a Berry Bush. All you can do at this point is to wait for them to research so you can gather Tech Points.

How to Make Research Villagers

As soon as you start playing "Virtual Villagers: Origins," you need to set one or two villagers to be researchers. You can set their main skill to research by selecting a villager, choosing on detail, and putting a check by the skill you want the villager to focus on. In this case, you'd put the check next to research.