Unique among games for Facebook, “My Tribe” has you nurture a group of people and teach them to survive on a island full with mysteries. Whether they thrive or “dive”, it is completely up to the choices you make.
If you’ve ever enjoyed Virtual Villagers, then you’ll like this game. In my opinion, I think they did a great job integrating the social aspects of Facebook. when you play it, you can tell that the designers must be Facegamers too. I feel compelled to play it constantly, and even had to tear myself away long enough to write this review. That’s how much there is to do!
Tutorial: Very clear. It is very easy to understand. It shows you how to assign tasks to your tribesmen such as fishing and gathering, how to increase your population, and create buildings and clothing. Your tribesmen (and tribeswomen!) can gather fish, stone and wood. As the player, you must also participate in the gathering by picking up shells in the sandy parts, mushrooms in the greener areas, and guano (yeah, bird droppings) everywhere. The developers even suggest bothering the seagulls that are relaxing in the water in order to have more chances to collect guano. Like that’s something I’m looking forward to.
Occasionally stardust and moondust fall from the sky with a dull thud. These items are quite valuable, and you can never get enough of them. Stardust knocks 1 hour off the time it takes for a villager to level up. Moondust makes the old younger, and the young older. Which is useful if you want to make a youngster help the village out without breaking child labor laws. I was considering saving them to keep my tribe elder young, but from what I have seen, they don’t die. Or I haven’t played long enough to see it. (Probably more likely.) I do know that you’ll need a lot of them in order to make the Great Ark. What is that? Beats me…
Benefits of Friends: Quite a lot, actually. There is no gift-giving in the traditional Facebook sense. However, when you visit your friends, you can collect all the things you can gather on your own island, but your friend also gets a copy of everything you find. Plus, for every friend you visit (once-a-day) you can get a stork feather which is needed to increase your population back at home. You will need a lot of those. You get one when your friend finds one on your island too -in case that needs to be said.
I can easily see myself trying to collect all the recipes and all the seeds, so I’ll be constantly on the watch for the floating crates. This is my favorite part of the game (so far, at least). The crates have a sort of slot machine system to determine what type of item you’ll get. You could get an ultra-mega-rare recipe or a common bottle of dye.
There are puzzles to figure out, although I haven’t solved any myself. Each island only gets a handful of the total possible. I’m guessing that solving them has something to do with the research. We’ll find out.
I’m very happy with the quality of this new release. Not only is there a lot of details things to do, but it isn’t buggy! It remembers what you did (no half-saved Farmville farms here) and it doesn’t even need a Save button like in Island Paradise. I really recommend giving this game a try. Oh crud! I forgot all about my Farmville crops! <zooms>
What do you think of the game?