At its Zynga unleashed event Tuesday the company unveiled a new game it’s calling The Ville -- but which you might be forgiven for calling Zynga Does the Sims.
Available on Zynga.com Wednesday, The Ville is described as “a next generation 'house and people' game that offers players a chance to build the home of their dreams and enjoy it with their friends.”
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“The Ville is the next step in Zynga’s mission to connect the world through games. It’s about creating a fun virtual world and making it easy for friends and family to play together,” said Mark Skaggs, senior vice president of product development at Zynga.
“With The Ville, we’re taking social to a whole new level. Your friends are active participants on your game board, and the interactions, relationships and choices you make together create a truly unique game experience.”
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On the surface that unique experience doesn't look so unique. if fact, the game bears a striking resemblance to another game you might already be familiar with by Electronic Arts: The Sims.
Zynga claims the game includes a variety of "unique social game mechanics". Such as:
• Multiple avatars: Throw a party and invite your friends to come visit all at once. Interacting with your friends at your house or their house is an exciting new feature.
The more people you interact with the more happiness you obtain in the game. As you level up in the game you unlock new objects for your home, and by building relationships with other avatars you unlock new interactions.
• Cooking & Crafting: Bake food and eat it with your friends to speed your progress through the game or craft decorations for your home like floral bouquets. Missing an ingredient? Not to worry - just ask a friendly neighbor or grow it yourself.
• ZTalk: Leave fun comments on your friend’s game board and share stories with this innovative message system. You can also catch up with what happened in The Ville while you were away.
• Check status: Seamlessly connect your virtual world in The Ville to your real world through your friend’s avatars. Check your friend’s Facebook status and leave messages on your friend’s wall directly from the game.
• Player-generated content: Fully customize and name your avatar. Take photos of entertaining in-game moments and post them to your timeline to share them with friends.
• Neighborhood expansion: Grow your estate and expand your yard to build your dream home and create fun outdoor living spaces.
We haven't gotten a chance to play with the game yet, however, at first glance The Ville bears suca striking resemblance to The Sims we'd be surprised if the average person could tell the difference between the two games.
Check out a gallery below for a look at the game. What do you think? Is 'The Ville' unique, or too close to 'The Sims' for comfort?
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