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Virtual Families

MarcusVirtual Families is the latest addition to the impressive lineup of simulation games from Last Day of Work, makers of the Virtual Villagers series. Virtual Families takes the basic concepts of Virtual Villagers and brings them home — literally. No longer are you concerned with a village of people trying to survive the ravages of the wild. Now it's just a single family in a single house. While the concept may seem over-simplified when compared to Virtual Villagers, you'll find that it's less about simplifying the game and more about concentrating on the details.

Virtual FamiliesYou begin by adopting your first virtual person. This is a very important choice to make early on, as the attributes that you settle on will affect how the rest of the game plays out. You can go through any number of different people to adopt. Each has their own physical appearance, profession, salary, likes and dislikes, and opinion on whether or not they want children. This last attribute is of particular importance. Couples who do not both want children can still have children, but you will have to work extra hard to keep them happy. Depending on how you want your virtual family to run, choose wisely.

Once adopted, your person moves into their house. You start immediately showing your person where and how to do certain things. Depending on their profession, show them their work area, be it the computer room, the shop outside, or the kitchen. Place them on the various pieces of litter scattered about the house and show them how to keep the place tidy. If you have played any of the Virtual Villagers games, you'll already understand the mechanics at work here. As your person learns behaviors, you can use one of two paddles to either praise them for an appropriate behavior, or to punish them for an inappropriate behavior.

As the game plays on, you will receive marriage requests from various suitors. Each have their own attributes, professions, and likes and dislikes, and views on children. The important thing here is to find one that is the best match for you little person, although the temptation to go after the one with the big, fat bank account and well-paying career will be hard to resist.

Virtual FamiliesWhether you choose to remain single or to take that marriage proposal, the next thing to think about is growing your family. As a single parent, you may be given the opportunity down the road to adopt a child. As a married couple, you can try to make a baby at any point in the game. Keep in mind that there are factors involved in this process, such as how long it has been since the last pregnancy, the mood of either of the parents, etc. It's not 100% guaranteed to produce offspring, but it usually does. Once a child is born, the mother will have control for the first few months. After that point, the child will be another member of the family, which will require the same behavioral shaping as the parents once did.

There are a number of other things that can and need to be done around the house during the course of the game. You'll notice almost immediately that the floor is in disrepair in sections of the house. There are a number of other problems, as well, such as the leaky watering hose outside, or the garden shed without a door handle. Many of these problems will require the purchase of tools and other items to complete which of course will require funds, so your career of choice is very important. Money is also used to buy house upgrades, such as bathroom fixtures or a new flat-screen TV.

Just like Virtual Villagers, Virtual Families continues to run even when the game isn't open. It is an important aspect of gameplay, since your family will continue to evolve, even when you are not around. As long as they have food your family can survive a couple of days without interaction, but if you're not going to be able to play for a couple of weeks, you may want to go in and pause the game before quitting. You don't want to come back to a house full of skeletons, do you?

Virtual Families 2 is out! Check out our review and walkthrough for Virtual Families 2: Our Dream House!

Children that you have will grow to about 18 years, and then go off to college. When it is time for the current generation to move on, you will be given the option to give the house and all of its assets to one of your kids. At that point, they will move in and the game cycle will start again. Going to the Family Screen will allow you to keep track of multiple generations of people that have lived in the house. How many generations can you create?

Analysis: At first glance, Virtual Families seems like little more than a stripped-down version of The Sims. The limited effect that you have on the environment of the home and the house itself is quite evident. You don't have the option of creating a different living space for your families; you can't even move the furniture to a different part of the room. With the exception of upgrades, there is little you can do the physical house. This allows you the time to focus on the interactions with your little people.

The level of interaction with the virtual people in the game is totally up to you. Unlike The Sims, you do not have to watch your person's every move. Your virtual people will do things like get up in the morning, go to work, and eat without extensive prodding from you, as long as they have the supplies and materials required to complete a task.

I've never been a huge fan of the character designs for the Virtual Village series, and the characters in Virtual Families are almost identical. Something about the way the head gets positioned on the body at times, depending on what the person is focusing on as opposed to where they are walking, or what they are working on, just seems unnatural.

Virtual Families is a natural progression of the Virtual Villagers series, and the results are quite good. While Last Day of Work has already announced a fourth Virtual Villagers game set for release later this year, I hope a sequel to Virtual Families isn't out of the question!

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Virtual Families - General Information

Here is some general information for Virtual Families. More will be added as needed!

Gathering Collectibles

  • Collectibles can now be gathered by either children or adults.

  • When you pick up a duplicate collectible, your person will sell it online for extra money.

  • At the start of the game, only coins and leaves/twigs will show up. Later in the game, bugs start showing up. Finally, late in the game, the pieces of paper show up.

Ongoing Household Chores (done by both adults and children)

  • Pick up wrappers.

  • Pick up socks.

  • Clean away cobwebs.

  • Take out the garbage.

  • Pull weeds.

  • Clean dirt smudges.

Having Babies

  • Unlike in the Virtual Villagers games, it won't do any good to drop the adults onto each other over and over to produce a baby.

  • When the adults try to make a baby, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

  • After having a baby, the game will tell you if it's too soon to have another.

  • The youngest child has to be 2 to 4 years old before another baby will come.

  • Twins start coming in the second generation.

  • Purchase the Baby Boost medicine to increase the chances of having babies, but use only once as multiple uses will decrease its effectiveness.

  • A couple can have a maximum of six children.

Extra Activities

  • Drop an adult on the kitchen table to prepare a meal.

  • Sitting down to a meal adds to the "fed" bar on the details screen, especially for children.

  • Drop an adult in the laundry room to do laundry.

Varied Items in the Store

Note that varied items restock and refresh every four hours.

  • Delicious candy - $7

  • Various candy - $7

  • DVDs - $15

  • Energy Drink - $15

  • Pet (dog, cat, or turtle) - $500

  • Mega chamomile extract - $15

  • Encyclopedia - $75

  • Sunscreen - $12

  • Profession magazines - $25

  • Fragrance - $25

  • Wall repair compound - $40

  • Perfect bananas - $10

  • Bottled tropical rain and sunshine - $18

  • Anti-spam software - $125

  • Fruit - $7 to $10

Salaries and Earning Money

Say, for example, your person has a salary of $60 per day. When you watch them work and hear the *ching* sound when they earn money, they are actually receiving 1/100 of their salary at that moment. The game doles out the salary over a period of time. You don't get it all at once when a work cycle completes. It accumulates constantly as the game is running as long as your people work on their careers steadily.

When first starting your family, you won't have a lot of money to splurge. But you will have plenty to buy groceries and start on the inexpensive upgrades (gradually). This is a long term game and it can take a couple of generations or more before you can purchase things like the treadmill and pinball machine.

Your people will get raises and promotions which will make it easier to buy more things. Some careers pay more than others, so those little people will naturally have more money to spend.

Please understand that it's not a problem when you see only 60 cents added to your bank balance. Be a little patient and enjoy the game. It's all part of virtual life. :)

Starting the New Generation

When a parent dies, you get a blue screen with instructions on how to start the new generation. The kids don't just come home from college on their own. If you missed the instructions, just go to the family page and click the "New Generation" button at the top of the page. You'll be able to scroll through all the children and choose the one who will continue the family.

Careers and Salaries

We now have an online list of the careers and their ending salaries. More will be added as we gather the information.

Careers and Max Salaries

A special thank you to Pineapple for contributing to this guide!

Virtual Families - Repairs and Household Items

Many of the challenges in the game involve repairs and upgrades to the house. The following is a list of the repairs needed and how to do them. Some are recurring and others are one time only. We'll add to the list as needed.

Leaky Sink

Drop an adult on the bathroom sink and then drop him/her on the workshop. He/she will get a wrench and fix the sink.

Leaky Water Hose in Back Yard

  1. Purchase the waterproof tape in the store.

  2. Click it on the hose.

  3. Drop an adult on the kitchen sink to get a drink (this will reduce the water pressure).

  4. Drop the adult on the hose to repair it.

Bird Bath in Front Yard

  1. Purchase the fountain pump kit in the store.

  2. Click it on the bird bath.

  3. Drop two adults on the bird bath to install the pump (it's too heavy for just one adult alone).

Holes in the Floor

  1. Purchase floor repair kit in the store (good for only one repair each).

  2. Click it beside one of the holes in the floor.

  3. Drop an adult on the hole to begin repairs.

  4. Note: This is a long-term project and takes awhile to complete.

Workshop Wall

  1. Once you have repaired the hose in the back, purchase the wall compound from the store.

  2. Drop it near the bucket by the sandbox.

  3. Drop an adult on the wall compound.

  4. He/she will mix the compound with water and carry it to the workshop wall.

  5. Be sure to stay on top of the person because if they stop, the compound will dry up and you'll have to start over again.

  6. It also helps to put more than one person on the wall.

Blocked Toilet

Drop an adult on the toilet and he/she will fix it right away.

No Internet

Drop an adult on the computer to fix the router.

Repair Door to Shed

  1. Drop an adult on the gold doorknob in the sandbox. He/she will put it on the shed door.

  2. Drop adult on the welcome mat to retrieve the key. He/she will unlock the shed door.

Dryer Lint is on Fire

After getting the shed open, you'll find fire extinguishers inside. Use them on the dryer.

Oven is on Fire

After getting the shed open, you'll find fire extinguishers inside. Use them on the oven.

Water the Flowers

You have to have already repaired the hose and opened the shed for this one.

Drop an adult on the path outside the living room window so he "sees the window boxes." He will fetch a watering can from the shed, fill it at the back hose, and then water the flowers.

Cleaning Cobwebs

If you drop an adult on the right side of the bathroom sink 2 or 3 times, eventually he/she will jump around and clean cobwebs.

Clogged Shower

Drop an adult on the shower, then drop him/her in the laundry room on top of the bucket that contains the plunger.

Illnesses and the Cures

Your family will get sick from time to time and need to be given medicine. This is only for when they are sick, which will show up in the status box at the bottom of the screen, not for when they are weak or tired. You'll need to figure out what kind of illness they have by picking them up and seeing what is says in the activity box. You'll also hear a sound (coughing, sneezing, hiccupping, groaning) to help identify the illness. You may have to pick them up several times before you see the activity.

Here are the illnesses and the cures:

Hiccups

Get a drink of water either from the kitchen or bathroom sink.

Coughing

Purchase antitussive syrup in the store.

Sore throat

Purchase throat lozenges in the store.

Sneezing

Purchase antihistamine in the store.

Headache

Purchase anti-inflammatory pill in the store.

Stomachache

Purchase peptic syrup in the store.

Itchy

Purchase cortisone cream in the store.

For persistent illnesses or infection

Purchase penicillin in the store.

For serious illnesses or infections that won't go away

Purchase a doctor consultation in the store. You'll receive an email immediately telling you what the problem is. You may need to purchase Vancomycin in the store for very serious illnesses or infections. Use this only when recommended by the doctor.

Here are some screenshots of Virtual Families that may help everyone locate various things in and around the house. Look for the red circles in the screenshots.

Kitchen Work Area

Office Work Area

Workshop Work Area

Location of Doorknob

Cleaning Cobwebs

Red Ball Location

Virtual Families FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Below is a list of some of the questions that get asked often. If you have a question about something, chances are someone else has had the same question. Please check this list before posting a comment. If you don't find an answer here, ask us in the comment thread and we'll do our best to help!

  1. What can I do to get my people's energy up?

    • There is an energy drink you can buy in the store, but it's random and is only one dose.

    • Also note that the problems with low energy have been corrected in an updated version of the game (1.00.05). If you have a previous version, go back to the site where you originally purchased the game and download it again.

  2. How do I get rid of hiccups?

  3. Have your person get a drink of water in the kitchen or in the bathroom.

  4. How do I get my people to chase gophers?

  5. This is something they do on their own. To get the trophy for chasing gophers, praise someone while "playing on the lawn" when there are gopher holes present.

  6. Why isn't the item I need for a repair in the store?

  7. The varied items in the store appear randomly and refresh every four hours in the most current version of the game (1.00.05). If the item you need isn't there, keep checking. It will turn up eventually.

  8. If one of my children goes with the talent scout, will he/she come back?

  9. No, they won't come back until you start the next generation. They'll be available along with the other children to take over the house when the time comes.

  10. Will the children come back after going to college?

  11. No, they don't come back from college. Same as with the talent scout, they will only be available to take over the house after the parents die.

  12. At what age do women stop having babies?

  13. As in Virtual Villagers 2 and 3, females cannot have babies after age 50. Even in their 40s, it's difficult.

  14. How do I pause the game?

  15. Use the space bar.

  16. How high do the career levels go?

  17. Careers top out at level 8 (master).

  18. How do I help my people who are depressed?

  19. They will get better over time. Give them treats like candy and fruit. Make sure there's plenty of food and they are fed. Buy household upgrades. Have them work on their career. Don't use the red hand on them for awhile. Praise them a lot. All of these things will help bring up their mood.

  20. How do I play multiple families?

  21. Click the player name on the menu screen and you will be given the option to start other families.

  22. What happens to the money in the bank when the parents die?

  23. The money will transfer to whichever child takes over for the new generation.

  24. How can I make more money?

  25. The best way is to gather duplicate collectibles. They are automatically sold online when one of your people picks them up. For extra, try dropping two people on the same collectible: pause using the space bar, drop first person, tap space bar twice to unpause and repause, drop second person. If your timing is good, both of them will pick up the collectible and you'll get double the money. Be careful, though, because children will often play train or have a giggle party when you drop them on top of each other!

  26. How do I get my family to prepare a meal?

  27. Drop an adult on the kitchen table.

  28. Can children work once they reach age 14?

  29. They can do adult chores and activities, but they can't work to earn money. Only the parents work on careers for money.

  30. How do I get the next generation to take over?

  31. When the parents die, a blue screen full of instructions will appear. Basically, it tells you that when you are ready for the next generation to take over, go to the family screen and click on the "New Generation" button at the top of the screen. You'll be able to scroll through all of the children of the current parents. Pick the one you want to carry on the family and click "adopt." Now the family will continue with that child.

  32. What happens to the siblings of the child I chose to continue the family?

  33. Nothing happens to them. They remain on the family tree, but they don't reappear in the game and you cannot play them after they have not been chose.

  34. Why won't my store refresh?

  35. There is a bug that prevents the store from refreshing. Press the R key while you are on the store screen to refresh the store and reset the schedule to where it will refresh every 4 hours. This is a one time only fix for the bug. You will not be able to refresh your store on demand.

  36. How do I help my people who are very weak?

  37. Being weak usually comes from being sick. Even after being cured, your people will be weak. Fruit and vitamins from the store helps a great deal. Also, make sure they have plenty of food and are fed. After that, it just takes time for them to get strong again.

  38. How do I find the red ball and what is it for?

  39. The red ball is just something extra the developers threw in. It's not required to solve any of the puzzles, nor can your people interact with it. To find the red ball, move the map to where you can reach the absolute upper and left most corner. Using just the hand cursor, pinch into that upper left corner and pull the red ball out. Note: you can't actually see the ball until you pull it out. Here's a screenshot:

    Red Ball

  40. Is there anything I can do to make my family have twins or triplets?

  41. As best we can tell, twins and triplets are completely random. They can happen at any point in the game and are a bit rare, especially triplets. There's nothing that will make them happen or help it along. It's just luck of the draw. One thing to consider, though... Multiples will only happen early in a family because of the six child limit. If there have been no triplets by the time child number 3 is born, there won't be any triplets for that family at all because it would put it over the six child limit. The game doesn't let that happen.

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Virtual Families - General Information

Here is some general information for Virtual Families. More will be added as needed!

Gathering Collectibles

  • Collectibles can now be gathered by either children or adults.

  • When you pick up a duplicate collectible, your person will sell it online for extra money.

  • At the start of the game, only coins and leaves/twigs will show up. Later in the game, bugs start showing up. Finally, late in the game, the pieces of paper show up.

Ongoing Household Chores (done by both adults and children)

  • Pick up wrappers.

  • Pick up socks.

  • Clean away cobwebs.

  • Take out the garbage.

  • Pull weeds.

  • Clean dirt smudges.

Having Babies

  • Unlike in the Virtual Villagers games, it won't do any good to drop the adults onto each other over and over to produce a baby.

  • When the adults try to make a baby, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

  • After having a baby, the game will tell you if it's too soon to have another.

  • The youngest child has to be 2 to 4 years old before another baby will come.

  • Twins start coming in the second generation.

  • Purchase the Baby Boost medicine to increase the chances of having babies, but use only once as multiple uses will decrease its effectiveness.

  • A couple can have a maximum of six children.

Extra Activities

  • Drop an adult on the kitchen table to prepare a meal.

  • Sitting down to a meal adds to the "fed" bar on the details screen, especially for children.

  • Drop an adult in the laundry room to do laundry.

Varied Items in the Store

Note that varied items restock and refresh every four hours.

  • Delicious candy - $7

  • Various candy - $7

  • DVDs - $15

  • Energy Drink - $15

  • Pet (dog, cat, or turtle) - $500

  • Mega chamomile extract - $15

  • Encyclopedia - $75

  • Sunscreen - $12

  • Profession magazines - $25

  • Fragrance - $25

  • Wall repair compound - $40

  • Perfect bananas - $10

  • Bottled tropical rain and sunshine - $18

  • Anti-spam software - $125

  • Fruit - $7 to $10

Salaries and Earning Money

Say, for example, your person has a salary of $60 per day. When you watch them work and hear the *ching* sound when they earn money, they are actually receiving 1/100 of their salary at that moment. The game doles out the salary over a period of time. You don't get it all at once when a work cycle completes. It accumulates constantly as the game is running as long as your people work on their careers steadily.

When first starting your family, you won't have a lot of money to splurge. But you will have plenty to buy groceries and start on the inexpensive upgrades (gradually). This is a long term game and it can take a couple of generations or more before you can purchase things like the treadmill and pinball machine.

Your people will get raises and promotions which will make it easier to buy more things. Some careers pay more than others, so those little people will naturally have more money to spend.

Please understand that it's not a problem when you see only 60 cents added to your bank balance. Be a little patient and enjoy the game. It's all part of virtual life. :)

Starting the New Generation

When a parent dies, you get a blue screen with instructions on how to start the new generation. The kids don't just come home from college on their own. If you missed the instructions, just go to the family page and click the "New Generation" button at the top of the page. You'll be able to scroll through all the children and choose the one who will continue the family.

Careers and Salaries

We now have an online list of the careers and their ending salaries. More will be added as we gather the information.

Careers and Max Salaries

A special thank you to Pineapple for contributing to this guide!

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Virtual Families - Repairs and Household Items

Many of the challenges in the game involve repairs and upgrades to the house. The following is a list of the repairs needed and how to do them. Some are recurring and others are one time only. We'll add to the list as needed.

Leaky Sink

Drop an adult on the bathroom sink and then drop him/her on the workshop. He/she will get a wrench and fix the sink.

Leaky Water Hose in Back Yard

  1. Purchase the waterproof tape in the store.

  2. Click it on the hose.

  3. Drop an adult on the kitchen sink to get a drink (this will reduce the water pressure).

  4. Drop the adult on the hose to repair it.

Bird Bath in Front Yard

  1. Purchase the fountain pump kit in the store.

  2. Click it on the bird bath.

  3. Drop two adults on the bird bath to install the pump (it's too heavy for just one adult alone).

Holes in the Floor

  1. Purchase floor repair kit in the store (good for only one repair each).

  2. Click it beside one of the holes in the floor.

  3. Drop an adult on the hole to begin repairs.

  4. Note: This is a long-term project and takes awhile to complete.

Workshop Wall

  1. Once you have repaired the hose in the back, purchase the wall compound from the store.

  2. Drop it near the bucket by the sandbox.

  3. Drop an adult on the wall compound.

  4. He/she will mix the compound with water and carry it to the workshop wall.

  5. Be sure to stay on top of the person because if they stop, the compound will dry up and you'll have to start over again.

  6. It also helps to put more than one person on the wall.

Blocked Toilet

Drop an adult on the toilet and he/she will fix it right away.

No Internet

Drop an adult on the computer to fix the router.

Repair Door to Shed

  1. Drop an adult on the gold doorknob in the sandbox. He/she will put it on the shed door.

  2. Drop adult on the welcome mat to retrieve the key. He/she will unlock the shed door.

Dryer Lint is on Fire

After getting the shed open, you'll find fire extinguishers inside. Use them on the dryer.

Oven is on Fire

After getting the shed open, you'll find fire extinguishers inside. Use them on the oven.

Water the Flowers

You have to have already repaired the hose and opened the shed for this one.

Drop an adult on the path outside the living room window so he "sees the window boxes." He will fetch a watering can from the shed, fill it at the back hose, and then water the flowers.

Cleaning Cobwebs

If you drop an adult on the right side of the bathroom sink 2 or 3 times, eventually he/she will jump around and clean cobwebs.

Clogged Shower

Drop an adult on the shower, then drop him/her in the laundry room on top of the bucket that contains the plunger.

Illnesses and the Cures

Your family will get sick from time to time and need to be given medicine. This is only for when they are sick, which will show up in the status box at the bottom of the screen, not for when they are weak or tired. You'll need to figure out what kind of illness they have by picking them up and seeing what is says in the activity box. You'll also hear a sound (coughing, sneezing, hiccupping, groaning) to help identify the illness. You may have to pick them up several times before you see the activity.

Here are the illnesses and the cures:

Hiccups

Get a drink of water either from the kitchen or bathroom sink.

Coughing

Purchase antitussive syrup in the store.

Sore throat

Purchase throat lozenges in the store.

Sneezing

Purchase antihistamine in the store.

Headache

Purchase anti-inflammatory pill in the store.

Stomachache

Purchase peptic syrup in the store.

Itchy

Purchase cortisone cream in the store.

For persistent illnesses or infection

Purchase penicillin in the store.

For serious illnesses or infections that won't go away

Purchase a doctor consultation in the store. You'll receive an email immediately telling you what the problem is. You may need to purchase Vancomycin in the store for very serious illnesses or infections. Use this only when recommended by the doctor.

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Arcysparky Author Profile Page April 27, 2009 6:30 AM

I have to say I did not enjoy this game. Something about the middle class, white, nuclear, heterosexual, suburban vibe put me off from the start. I mean it feels like a US conservative fantasy.

The gameplay, though effective in Virtual Villagers just seems banal... though there are a host of achievements to unlock I wasn't really interested. What made Virtual Villagers so compelling was the sense of discovery and adventure. Here, you can have kids, grow old and repair the house.

This is a Sims clone with out any of the features that made the Sims compelling... customization, the freedom to treat your Sims as well or as badly as you want and the sense of creating your own story with your family.

I admire Last Day of Work's games a lot, but this one failed to impress.

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I actually have been enjoying this one, although it is not as exciting as the Virtual Villagers series. My first family is moving into late middle age, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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mstepanik April 27, 2009 12:49 PM

In order to open the shed,

after fixing the door knob, drop an adult on the welcome mat to find the key.

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I have a clogged shower and nothing I've tried works. I only have about $70. Do I have to buy something?

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New to jayisgames, here, though I have known of the site for a while.
On Virtual Families, I have to agree with Arcysparky, LDW has missed the mark this time around. Admittedly, I only tried the trial version, but "Families" did not interest me enough to purchase the full version. I will just have to be satisfied with LDW's "Villagers" series for the time being. (c'mon, VV4!)

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To Gouda:

We haven't been about to figure out the clogged shower yet, but if you exit and restart the game, it will go away for awhile.

To mstepanik:

Thanks for that info. I'll add it to the walkthrough.

To Grinnyp:

I'm enjoying the game, too. One thing I really like is that with it having so few people, I get to know them better. When the villages get up to 90 people, it was so impersonal.

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To gouda:

For a clogged shower (or toilet):

Look in the laundry room. On the north wall of the laundry room between the closet and the bench is a bucket that has a plunger and a duster in it. Try dropping one of your adults on it. If that doesn't work, there is a tool box in the workshop on the west wall. Drop your adult there to get a wrench (this works with leaking sinks).

Hope that helps.

[Edit: Spoiler tags added. -Pam]

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What do I do for a dryer lint fire? I don't see a fire extinguisher in my house.

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I'm having the same problem with an oven fire, alaira.

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Aha!

There's fire extinguishers in the shed!

[Edit: Spoiler tags added. -Pam]

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Alaira,

you need a fire extinguisher, which is in the shed. You should see instructions for getting the shed open in the walk-through above. Once the shed is open, just drop one of your adults (or, I think, a teenager over 14) in the shed and they will grab an extinguisher to put out a dryer fire or an oven fire.

[Edit: Spoiler tags added. -Pam]

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Ok, thanks. I've been trying to avoid spoilers on how to unlock things, but I thought that I should know how to handle a fire. I also found out that you can simply reload the game to reset household disasters that occur, so I can avoid them in the meantime.

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Ducatisti April 27, 2009 9:07 PM

Ugh. If I could start with a family of 4, I think this could give me enough information to see if I want to purchase the game.

However, starting with an individual, and getting to watch him take nearly 15 minutes to create and eat a meal (I know, real time) is just too tedious.

This could be sort of fun, but the thing that keeps VV and the sequels interesting is the variety - you can have a group of villagers working on one thing, and then go on to another group. You're not stuck watching one person live out their slow, solitary life.

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Ducatisti April 27, 2009 9:42 PM

And these are just visual irritations, but why do these people look like South Park's Cartman at the Special Olympics when they're kissing each other?

And why is the baby attached like some growth to the hip of the mother? How difficult would it be to stick 'em in a backpack? I know that the baby was stuck to the mother's hip in VV, but since they're on a deserted island there, I can cut them some slack. These folks live in suburbia, go to WalMart and by a backpack for goodness sake!

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Can anyone help? I have brought this game and I don't have a broken chair on the porch, but I do have a bucket that I can't figure out what to do with. When i drop a person onto it, they just say they're confused.

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To Ducatisti:

It helps to have more than one family going at a time. Especially when they show very different traits. I have one couple who are both incredibly stubborn and they have three boys who are all troublemakers!

To Ange:

There was a broken chair in the beta version of the game that has been removed for the release. My apologies for the confusion. I'll update the walkthrough information.

For the bucket, look under the repairs section for the Workshop Wall.

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shower clodged

put adult on shower, than put him imetiately in the loundry room (worked after the second time for me)

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Has anyone managed 50 trophies yet? I'm at 49, and as soon as one of my little family hits 60 (she's 59 right now), I'll get my 50th trophy. And then my 51st, and you get a trophy for hitting 50 trophies.

I have to say, this is not as much fun as any of the virtual villagers. Yes, it's much more intimate, as you have fewer people to keep track of. However, it is rather slow moving, and I'm getting seriously ticked off with agents showing up at my front door to take my kids off to careers in Europe and Japan! :)

Crap, my people hit 60 and died! Has anyone managed to make 70?

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Water the Flowers

You have to have already repaired the hose and opened the shed for this one.

Drop an adult on the path outside the living room window so he "sees the window boxes." He will fetch a watering can from the shed, fill it at the back hose, and then water the flowers.

Cleaning Cobwebs

If you drop an adult on the right side of the bathroom sink 2 or 3 times, eventually he/she will jump around and clean cobwebs.

On the workshop wall:

You can drop multiple adults on this project to complete it quickly. This will save you from having to repurchase the wall compound if it hardens up in the bucket.

I'm curious about the picture pieces...

Does there seem to be a correlation between having the shed open and finding picture pieces to collect?

I have been playing through three generations already, and I never found any picture pieces until I got the shed open. And once I learned how to do it, in the games where I opened the shed very early, I started finding picture pieces right away.

Just wondering aloud!

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Pineapple:

About the picture pieces:

Yes, they will not show up until the shed is open.

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I don't have the waterproof tape in my store to fix the Leaky Water Hose in Back Yard. Any ideas?

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To Selena:

About the tape -

The varied items in the store refresh and restock about once a day or so. The waterproof tape will turn up eventually and you'll be able to buy it then.

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marief715 Author Profile Page April 29, 2009 12:34 PM

I'm having a problem with my couple. They are almost 50 years old and won't have kids. This is the 5th generation and if they don't have kids, I have to start over and lose all my progress. Any ideas?

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marief715:

Do they argue every time you try? Or do they try and just don't have kids? If they try and don't have kids, you can buy a medicine that makes them fertile.

If they don't want kids, I think the best that you can hope for is a kid showing up at the door wanting to be adopted. I've had that happen 3 or 4 times.

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What can you do in the demo? Is there a walkthrough for just the demo version? I know you can't buy anything but groceries, so if your people get sick, it's a bummer.

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marief715 Author Profile Page April 29, 2009 3:54 PM

Yes, they did argue about kids, tried a few times with no success, finally had 1. Just need to hope he's old enough to take over when they pass. Thanks for the response.

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minivanna Author Profile Page April 30, 2009 11:08 AM

I have several questions

1. It is taking forever to make money to buy stuff.Are any strategies better than the other? (earning bank interest, only have generations work on career, etc?)

2. I keep getting an email that says the birds are tropical.... what does that mean?

3. Does upgrading the workspaces first help careers that much faster?

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I purchased the game and seriously regret it. The game play is super slow, no one is coming close to maximizing their career. Because I am impatient, I have been changing the time on the computer several times but, then they keep saying their life is going too quickly.
How can I make more money so I can do the career upgrades?

[Edit: We strongly advise against changing your computer clock. Not only can it mess up the game, it can also effect other computer functions that rely on the computer clock. -Pam]

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minivanna Author Profile Page April 30, 2009 11:10 AM

and one more:

How do you know what time it is?

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I need help doing the wall compound what is the other things and other stuff ive got the compoudnd HELP!!!!!!!

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minivanna-
I know my career boosted much faster with the upgrade but because not of my people have made it past fifty (because i dont have patience) I have not been able to do additional upgrades

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gamamaria April 30, 2009 12:17 PM

I cant find a way to earn the trophy for throwing away a rotten fish and making a latte!
Help anyone?

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What about their health? How can I improve it? It keeps saying certain peeps are "weak" but I don't know how to correct it!

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I need help doing the wall compound. What are the other things and other stuff? I've got the compound. Help!
Posted by: tia

You first have to get the tape and tape up the hose then you can mix the compound to do the hole.

[Edit: Spoiler tags added. -Pam]

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Nina:

One good strategy to make money more quickly is to concentrate on finding collectibles. Once you have one of an item in your collection, you can sell duplicates. They sell for $5.00 common, $15.00 uncommon, and $50.00 rare. Especially if you have kids to drop on the collectibles and sell them (thus the parents keep working and earning money as well) you can rack up money fairly quickly. Also, if you are lucky, there is a random event where someone will offer you a lot of money for your entire collections (including the pieces of old photo). This can net you thousands if your collections are full or nearly full. It means you have to start over again collecting, but it got me enough money to get an office upgrade.

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Chiklitz:

In the store under the "varfied items section" (which changes every 10 - 12 hours)there will sometimes be "multivitamins" for sale. If they show up, buy them and feed them to your weak peeps.

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To Marief715:

About the next generation -

The child will be old enough to take over the house. The ages of all the children change when it's time for the next generation and they will all be adults.

To Tia:

Check the walkthrough section at the top of comments. Look under the Repairs spoiler and find the workshop wall. It will give you instructions about the wall compound.

To Chiklitz:

To improve health -

In addition to the vitamins, it helps to purchase the organic groceries. Also, give them the fruit treats, which are healthy. It will take time to recover from being weak, but these things help.

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To Grinnyp:

I just hit 50 trophies with one of my families yesterday. No luck getting anyone to live past 60 yet. I hope it comes with later generations.

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To Minivanna:

The time in the game is the same as your time. It will be daylight and dark the same as where you live, unless you switch it on the options menu.

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To Pam:

My first family has now passed 60 trophies and I continue to try and get someone past the age of 60. I'm hoping the vitamins and the organic groceries help.

Meanwhile, I've discovered that the double-collecting trick from virtual villagers 3 works in this one! I've started a third family just to see how quickly I can accumulate money constantly double-collecting collectibles.

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I just have to share this with y'all. I have a family in which the mother has blue and black dredlocks. The father has black poofy hair. I thought sure those two would produce some awesome cute kids. But nooooo! They had six kids and every one of them are sandy brown haired. Four of them look identical (no twins, though) and they look like devil children or something. Five boys and one girl. All ugly.

Check out this Family Tree Screenshot

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How will the bird bath get repaired? And how will the energy levels increase?

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To Pari:

For the bird bath, please check the walkthrough guide at the top of the page under Repairs and Household Items.

As for energy, the energy drink definitely helps. And I've noticed that sometimes when I start the game, they all have more energy, but I don't know exactly why. I think maybe it's connected to overall health.

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I was very disappointed with this game. Very repetitive and the biggest puzzle was unlocking the shed. I'm looking forward to Virtual Villagers 4 and hope LDW redeem themselves. My opinion only.

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I know it said that if you choose to be a single parent you get the option to adopt. Well, my woman is close to 50 and no option to adopt has come up and in her profession she is almost rank 7. Any ideas?

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To Tasha:

Adopting kids is really just a random event in the game. It may be more likely to happen if your people are childless, but there's no guarantee.

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To Tasha (again):

I just had a family of five adopt a child that showed up on a doorstop. The new child brought their family up to the maximum of six children. So, it doesn't have to be single parents or childless couples who get to adopt kids.

To Grinnyp:

I tried the double dropping on the collections, too. Half the time they end up playing train or having a giggle party instead of picking up the coin. Lol. So, just be aware of that.

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Thanks, Pam, for the help. I got the birdbath. Just having problems with the energy levels. In the beginning when I started to play, all levels were almost full, but now energy levels are rarely even half. Wish something can be figured out besides the energy drink, which is not always available.

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To Pari:

I just had a family get a boost of energy. They were all up to halfway when I opened the game. Maybe they just needed to get some rest. The low energy doesn't seem to harm them, though. They just won't do much without going to bed or taking a nap. But when I get them up to do something, they do it. Then go back to bed. :)

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How do I cure hiccups? Nomatter how I tried...it doesn't work. I gave all the medicine a try and even gave sweets....it doesnt work...any suggestion would be appreciated ;)

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Anonymous May 2, 2009 3:34 PM

I think I made my hiccuppy friend have a drink of water.. that should help! ;)

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To Diana:

To cure hiccups -

Have them get a drink of water. If they won't do it at the kitchen sink, drop them on the bathroom sink.

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chiklitz May 3, 2009 2:17 PM

Anyone know if there's a relation between making the kids study and their career/income as adults?

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To Chiklitz:

The careers/income of the kids as adults seems to be random. I haven't really seen that studying as a child makes a difference.

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what is the goal with the tropical birds? do you get rid of them or did you guys suck us in with this one?

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Anyone else having problems with cleaning the walls? I have bought the compound twice, My lttle people just wont see it. I have tried closing and restarting game.

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To Fiona:

I'm not sure what you mean by getting sucked in. As far as I can tell, the birds are just there to be pretty and there's no need to get rid of them.

To Sue:

About cleaning the walls -

Make sure you're following all of the steps. You need to have the hose in the back repaired first. Drop the wall compound next to the green bucket in front. Then drop an adult on the green bucket and he/she will mix up the compound. They don't see the compound, but they do see the empty green bucket. Once they start cleaning the walls, make him/her stay on it until it's done because the compound will harden if they walk away for too long and you'll have to start over. Having more than one person work on it also helps.

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skyprincess Author Profile Page May 3, 2009 11:06 PM

Has anyone collected all of the bugs, photos, nuts and twigs, and coins? And if so, does anyone have a screen shot of what they all look like?

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1 of my children are depressed and I don't know how to get her back to happy. I have bought her a D.V.D and she still is not happy! What do I do??

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Having a pet is just stupid! You would think there would be some interaction with it. You can't feed it, play with it or anything. A cat came up for me to buy, but there's no way I'm going to spend $500 on that again!

I do have all of my coins, and would like to do a print screen to show skyprincess what they look like. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to do that in here.

I'm in agreement that this is nothing like the Virtual Villagers series. I had one family, and I named the mom after myself, and the kids after my kids. I wish I wouldn't have done that. I woke up one morning, turned on the computer, and the mom was dead! That was weird. I've learned in my second generation to name these people with names NOT in my own family!!! LOL!!! It sure would make things more fun if we could make the game run in faster time, like in VV.

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To Skyprincess:

I only have a completed collection of the coins. :(

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To Corgi:

It will take time to get their happiness level up. Be sure they are well fed and in good health. Praise them often. If you have more than one child, drop them on each other and they will play train or have a giggle party. All of these things should help.

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Both my people are exhausted. I put them to bed, and within 5-10 minutes they're up and wandering around, despite still being exhausted!!

How do you get them to sleep for longer? Is sleeping the only way to get them to re-energise?!?

Just started so trying to figure everything out before resorting to spoilers!!
Am enjoying it so far :)

Thanks again
x

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grinnyp May 4, 2009 2:06 PM

To skyprincess:

I have completed the coins and the nuts/twigs collections. I posted a screen shot here:
http://images.jayisgames.com/grinnyp_s640x480.jpg

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Anonymous May 4, 2009 2:14 PM

To fix the clogged tub,

go to the laundry room and place your friend by the basket with the dusters and they will get a plunger and fix the tub

[Edit: Spoiler tags added. -Pam]

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To Laura:

About energy levels -

Their energy levels will gradually get better as you move further into the game. Sometimes when I open my game for the day, they are all rested and fine for no apparent reason. Maybe it's the down time while the game isn't running. Naps and going to bed don't help at all. It's not harmful for them to get low on energy. They just won't do much of anything before they go take a nap or go to bed. The energy drink helps, but of course, that's just one dose whenever it happens to show up in the store.

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grinnyp May 4, 2009 5:17 PM

To skyprincess:

On one of my other families, where I had not finished any of the collections, I suddenly finished the antique photo. Here's a screenshot:

http://images.jayisgames.com/grinnyp_s640x480-2.jpg

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skyprincess Author Profile Page May 4, 2009 9:06 PM

So, I'm not the only one finding the bugs. Today I finally found all the coins. That's what is popping up a lot. I have 8/12 nuts and twigs, 5/12 bugs and 9/12 of the picture. I wish the store would fill faster. I have 3 families now and I can't seem to clean the cobwebs out of the bathroom. I have done it with the first families, but I can't seem to get them cleaned on the 3rd.

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Anonymous May 5, 2009 2:04 AM

How can I throw away the trash from the garbage can beside the fridge?

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To JIGuest:

Just drop one of your people on top of the trash can.

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Hi everyone. Just wondered how you get the coupons? :)

[Edit: What coupons do you mean? -Pam]

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Theres a trophy for clipping coupons . :)

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my money is gone for having the doctor's consultation. and I have no money left for buying the medicine.How can I earn a lot of money? Is there any possible cheat for this??

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ooops soorrry found if you bought food on sale it goes towards the coupon clipper trophy. Silly me lol was looking for them everywhere.

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To Pen:

No cheat for money, but some suggestions -

Keep both of your adults working at their career. Don't buy any upgrades. Have your people pick up doubles on the collectibles (pause, drop one person, pause again, drop second person, paus one more time). It will get you double the price for a collectible.

You may also -

Get random events that will bring you money, like grocery gift cards, prize money, lottery ticket, etc. It will help with your month gatheruing.

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But where I can get GC's and the like?

my apologies for asking too much because It's really my first time playing this and I come up easily with a lot of information here.

by the way, thanks VM
:)

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grinnyp May 5, 2009 12:48 PM

The weirdest thing ever just happened! You know how they die, you find them lying on the bed in state with a status of extremely weak, then their "ghost" will stand there on the bed waving at you, then you get the notice that they died, then their body fades away, then the "ghost". Well, I knew that it would be coming soon in my third family, so I had an energy drink standing by. I opened up the program this morning and sure enough Du was lying on the bed, his ghost waving at me. I slammed him with the energy drink before the notice of his death could pop up, and he got up from the bed! But so did his ghost! I fed him some multi-vitamins and he went from extremely weak to just weak. And he started wandering around doing things and so did his ghost! I could click on the ghost (still extremely weak) but couldn't manipulate him. A few minutes later the ghost died, but the original Du was still alive, and now depressed in mourning for himself! How weird is this? I wonder how long I can keep him alive without a soul . . .

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Pam: thanks, don't know what is going on with the walls. Without spoilers, I did complete all requirements..The peeps just would look and then start a different activity. Finally a kid turned 18, he was able to start the cleaning.

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Grinnyp,

That's very bizarre. Be sure to let us know what happens.

To Pen:

Sorry... GC's? I'm not following you.

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Nobody wants to work in my workroom.
Can somebody tell me what to do?

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To Wendy:

Double check and make sure that their career really is for the workroom. If it is, try dropping him/her a little to the right near the door. There's a bench area where they actually do their work. Sometimes it can take several tries to get it just right.

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grinnyp May 5, 2009 4:29 PM

Pam:

Poor Du finally kicked it at age 61, I couldn't keep him alive any longer. ::sigh::

In the meantime, I've split my first two families on two different tracks. In the first one, I'm aiming to finish all the home improvements (all I've got left is the wide screen TV and the pinball machine). In the second, I'm concentrating on workplace upgrades. I've got the 2nd level office and 2nd level kitchen. I'm primarily aiming for the 3rd level kitchen, because I have a sneaking suspicion (just a hunch) that that is the only way to find someone making a latte. :-)

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Thanks.

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To Ziggy:

Ah, ok. Yeah, you just need to buy the groceries on sale, as you've already realized. :)

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Jennifer May 5, 2009 7:58 PM

Help! I've fixed the garden hose, opened the shed but cannot get my adult to water the plants...they see the window boxes, but they will not water the plants...am I missing something

Also, will the kids ever have jobs or do they just leave when they are 18?

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To Jennifer:

About watering the plants -

You need to drop an adult on the watering cans in the shed. When you hover him/her over the door to the shed, it will say "sees watering cans" and that's the spot you need to drop.

About children working -

The children will leave home when they are 18. Then when it's time for the next generation, you will get to choose from the children and they will each have a job then.

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wikedwhich May 5, 2009 11:59 PM

I am among those disappointed with this game. It's not up to par with the VV games. I certainly miss being able to change the speed of the game, which I suppose would be impossible if it's "in your time zone" but if that's the case why do they age years in a day or two?

At any rate, I usually check in on them before I go to bed, and then when I get home to work, and they're usually sick and/or exhausted.

It's not much fun to watch then sleep. Also, I agree about the pet comment. I got a dog and I didn't notice an increase in happiness, and truly, no interaction. What's the point?

The only thing they seem to actually enjoy is putting away the groceries.

*Question - how do you know how much food you have left?*

Thanks for everyone's help in posting here...

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Pam:
GC's are Gift Certificates. Hmn?

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grinnyp May 6, 2009 12:30 AM

wikedwhich:

What's really funny about the dog is that it lives forever. I've had the same dog in my first family for like 60 years now.

As for food, click on the refrigerator and it will tell you how much food you have left.

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To Wikedwhich:

To see how much food you have, click on the refrigerator. The number will appear at the bottom.

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To Pen:

The only thing like gift certificates I've seen in the game are random household events, like when you get a rebate on groceries or something. Is that what you're talking about?

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Mundham Author Profile Page May 6, 2009 2:29 AM

When it's time to move on to the next generation, does the money also transfer over or do we start fresh? See I'm almost at 5,000 for a career room upgrade...

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To Mundham:

The money transfers. It'll show up as money in the bank when you choose one of the kids to take over.

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Jasyrah Author Profile Page May 6, 2009 7:59 AM

hi. I just started playing this game, and already don't know what to do. My little guy's energy level is really low and his status says exhausted. what can i do to help him?? He won't sleep very long if i tuck him in bed.

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How long do you have to carry a baby around? I can't get my mom person to work on her career in the kitchen and I'm guessing that's because I'm carrying a baby.

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To Jasyrah:

About energy levels -

Energy levels have been a problem for me since the start of the game, too. Sometimes you can buy an energy drink in the store that helps, but it's very random. There are times when I open the game and they all suddenly have more energy. I guess they recharge when the game isn't open. Low energy doesn't really do anything bad. They just won't do much without going to bed or taking a nap. I'm hoping that it will get better as the game progresses.

To Chapin:

The mother seems to carry the baby around 4 hours. She will not work on her career while she's got the baby, but she will almost anything else (pull weeds, pick up collectibles, chores).

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Chapin May 6, 2009 1:31 PM

Thank You Pam!!

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I wanted to know how long the women holds the baby for. Like in virtual villagers it took 2 hours and then the baby was put down. So how long does it take before she can go to work?? And hour 2 or 3?? Can someone help me??

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Brandon Gomes -

What is it precisely that they are working on? What room are they in?

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thay stopped working :(

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jobs

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I have been playing this game what seems like forever! I have only 2 rare bugs to collect, win the lottery, have triplets, and find my perfect match. I have made so much money that it won't even register when I find a collectable (money in the hundred trillions)
My question is...is there any way to find the bugs, get my match, win the lottery? I am getting seriously bored! If it weren't for loosing all that money and being so close to all the trophies...I think I'd quit! Any secrets??

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Cymantha Sanderfer -

Well, the perfect match and winning the lottery are completely random. However, you can better your odds to finish the bug collection by making it rain whenever you get your hands on a bottle of tropical rain, and searching for the bugs while it rains. Also, the bugs come out more at night, so searching at night in the rain is your best bet to find bugs. There's no particular way to make the two that you need appear, but the more it rains the better your chances.

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I have been playing my virtual families game for a long time, I'm on my 9th generation!!!! Even though i have been playing for so long i just can't seem to figure out the 'chasing gophers' trophy..... Any suggestions?????

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akshu.bhosale95 Author Profile Page February 5, 2013 4:51 AM

someone please help me with the 'hidden pathway'
i tried clicking on the tree behind the pool slide several times but its not working
plzz help :(

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what are you doing, if remote tv in virtual family loss?

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How do they make a latte ?
And how do I get them to chase gophers ?
HELP !!!

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on virtual families two i know how you can have triplets and twins, this has worked for me twice so far...when you are having kids just have another kid sitting on the bed and you should be able to have twins or triplets

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emily79965 Author Profile Page August 31, 2013 1:37 PM

Strange... One time when one of my little people reached the age of about 45 her hair turned a dark purple color, even though she had light brown hair when she was younger!

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emily79965 Author Profile Page August 31, 2013 1:48 PM

P.S thanks for the household upgrades list, Brandon. However, I wish I read that before I bought the pool. I got one of the kids to play with it a few times, but I had to pretty much throw him in like you said! You'd think they would be happier about something that costs $1600! Money doesn't buy happiness I guess!

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I was in the middle of the third generation of the game and that generation had children what I don't understand is why the game reset itself by the time I next log on. Now I have to restart the game from scratch. Why did my game reset itself and is there a limit to how many generations you can have for the game?

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hey my praise glove is lost! why?

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fifiarizer Author Profile Page December 22, 2013 3:30 PM

How do I carry on?
Ok so my kid died and so did the mum but now i only have a dad can he find love again and also he is very weak. What do I do??

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THE DRYER LINT IS BURNING!! WHAT DO I DO??

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