Game Background Information
Basically in the beginning of the game, you see a house on a hill and decide that it would be a
The gameplay is the same as the original Virtual Families. You drag the little people around to influence their actions and either praise them or scold them to encourage or discourage them to do certain things such as praising them for making a meal and scolding a child for jumping on the bed. You have to buy groceries for them when they are hungry and buy medicine for them when they are sick. There are also random events that occur every so often in the game. Also, the game keeps going in the background even when you're not playing. Basically, people live their lives, get promotions, children grow up, and a host of other things even while you're gone. It makes the game feel close to real life.
How It Differs From the Original
There are several notable changes in Virtual Families 2 from the original Virtual Families.
The Characters' Appearances
Buying and Rearranging Furniture
The Store Layout
They have awesome new upgrades to buy in Virtual Families 2! For each individual adult family member, you can buy all sorts of things to upgrade them and influence their personalities. There are also general upgrades that apply to the entire family like the gardening and maid services for weeds and cleaning the house. You can even adopt a child if you're either too busy or unable to have one of your own. I find that the time warp is really useful in a couple's later life when the kids have moved out and there's really nothing left to do but leave the house to a future generation.
It's Free! And Released on Mobile First!
The biggest difference of all is that the game is completely free, although they do offer packages of coins, higher bank interest rates, etc. for real money). Also, it was released in the Apple App Store before being released on PC (though a PC version is in the works). This is huge! You can see Last Day of Work really going the "Freemium" route which is when you offer a game or software for free, but also allow users to pay for extra features or content with real money. They've done this with several of their apps, converting them from PC to app, but this is the first one released for mobile first. Either way, you can have fun and play this game without spending a cent and the artwork and music is really nice and high quality, exactly what you'd expect from Last Day of Work.
A Final Word
This app is worth every penny ($0.00) and anyone with an iPhone or iPad should download it. It's a nice game to play on the bus or waiting in line because you can just quickly check in with your virtual family whenever you have some free time. The game keeps going while you're gone so you can encounter new surprises every time you come back. It's a wonderful open-ended game that really has no end, but stays entertaining for generations, virtually.