I have tons of people looking for tips and tricks related to the Virtual Villagers game I featured awhile back. While there aren't any undiscovered cheats to be had, there are a few pieces of advice and some general instructions to help you through some of the more complicated aspects of the game. From basic common sense like making sure your villagers have enough food and shelter, to walk-thrus for all 16 puzzles in the game, I've compiled a list of tips and tricks that should help you win the game.
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Find tips and tricks for Virtual Villagers 2: The Lost Children on the hints page for Virtual Villagers 2.
For a game walkthrough and hints for Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City see the tips for Virtual Villagers 3.
Find More Food - Berries run out quickly so be sure to find a new source of food as soon as possible.
Stay at Home Moms- Nursing mothers focus all their attention on the baby for two years of game time. They won't do any other tasks while caring for the baby.
Population Control - Each baby villager consumes as much food as an adult. Too many babies too quickly will dwindle the food supply, so take care in growing the village population. Also, if there aren't enough houses, the villagers won't have more babies, so by planning carefully when building houses, you can avoid growing the population beyond the food supply.
Doctor, Doctor - Sick villagers don't always respond to the village doctor. If you're not having success in treating a villager with one doctor, try sending them to a different doctor for better treatment.
Watch the Villagers - Observe the villagers to see what they are investigating as you take them exploring around the island. Often the villagers are providing clues to help you solve puzzles later in the game.
Worker Education - Villagers don't discover new work skills on their own. You need to walk each villager through the process of learning how to perform a task in order to be successful. For instance, if you need someone to learn building, have them repair one of the existing buildings in the village.
Solving Puzzles - The 16 puzzles require a combination of skills in order to solve. You'll need a certain level of village technology, villager work skills, and in some cases other puzzles completed prior to completing another puzzle. Below is a list of tips on solving each of the puzzles - don't keep reading if you want them to be a surprise.
Puzzle #1 - Get a builder to clean the well. This is the village water supply. Get a villager with building skill, drag them to the well and let them fix it.
Puzzle #2 - Build a new hut. Population is maxed out at 7 until you build a new hut. A villager trained in building is required to build new huts.
Puzzle #3 - Clean up the beach debris. You need to clean up the debris so the villagers can fish. Drag a villager to the debris and it will start cleaning.
Puzzle #4 - Starting a village school. You need a master scientist. Drag them to the long building north of the reasearch table to start a school.
Puzzle #5 - Remove the blockage of the creek in the northwest corner of the village. Villagers need level 2 in construction to work on this. Drag a villager to the rock pile blocking the water flow from the creek. When the blockage is cleared, water will flow to the lagoon. This puzzle is the key to solving three more puzzles.
Puzzle #6 - You need to complete puzzle #5 first and have a villager with level 3 harvesting. Take a master farmer to the lagoon and they will start hunting fish. This may take awhile.
Puzzle #7 - Discover the graveyard (requires Level 2 of Spirituality). When a villagers dies, drag an adult villager to the northeast corner of the island. The villagers will provide a proper burial the pile of bones in village center. After this first burial, villagers will automatically have burial ceremonies for any deceased villager.
Puzzle #8 - Discover the medicinal properties of 4 plants. One plant is the cactus near the boulder, one plant is near the lagoon, two are on the east side of the island. Drag a villager to each plant until all four are mastered.
Puzzle #9 - You need to complete puzzle #5 first. Drag a villager to the field on the east side of the island (where the dead flowers are). They will water the field with water from the lagoon. Make sure to use a villager with building skill so that the watering continues until the flowers bloom.
Puzzle #10 - Solve puzzle #14 first. Wait for the butterflies to follow the golden child, then drag the golden child to the strange plant north of the berry bush where the butterflies will pollinate the plant.
Puzzle #11 - Restore the temple at the ruins (requires Level 3 of Construction). Drag a villager to the ruins in the southeast of the island and they will begin restoring the ruins.
Puzzle #12 - Requires puzzle #11 complete and Level 3 Spirituality. Drag a builder to the shiny rock on the west side of the village and they will chisel the rock to create an idol.
Puzzle #13 - the birth of the golden child (requires Level 3 of Fertility) . This requires puzzle #5, puzzle #12. Drag a nursing mom to the lagoon.
Puzzle #14 - Requires puzzle #13. Drag the golden child to the magic flower garden and wait for the butterflies.
Puzzle #15 - Buried treasure (requires Level 3 of Construction and Level 3 of Science). Search the sandy areas on the south part of the island between the food bin and the temple.
Puzzle #16 - Moving the boulder (requires the golden child). This one just happens on its own when the golden child is ready, you can't force it.