Pros and cons(after update)
I love this game, and I would highly recommend it; but the update, which has pros as well as cons, has made it require more manpower to use it efficiently. PROS: Upgrading things to make them more efficient is a great idea- producing things will take less time, etc. (I like how occasionally one of the birds that fly past will be carrying a bag of money, which will give you four or five coins, as well as some experience. The flower that will show up every once in a while in random places that gives you three or four experience is nice as well, along with the treasure chest that will appear and give you three water and food as well as some coins and some wood.) CONS: Upgrading uses lots of hard-to-come-by cash, and, most of the really helpful upgrades(such as the workshop and the mines) require diamonds, which of course, require actual money in turn. The fact that I now need to use my villagers to work the campfire, the spring, my boats, as well as my four other water collectors, is extremely frustrating. I used to be able to run all of the things I needed to have running at all times(such as the water collectors, two beehives, and the workshop), and have about eight or so leftover villagers to complete the tasks necessary to finish quests. After the update, I had to build another hut just to continue running the things that used to be automatic, AND had to build as many more huts as my funds would allow(only three more) in order to be able to do anything quest related. Plus, now I am required to EXPEND food and water in order to CREATE food and water, which used to not happen[for good reason too. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it just a tiny bit contradictory to use something to create that very something? Granted, you are creating more resources than what you use; but nonetheless, it is a very frustrating occurrence.] Also, an aggravating change was made to the bakery, which I used to use in conjunction with the wheat fields to create 200 coins with 60 or so wheat and I think 8-ish water in a little over three hours. Now, I only have the options to make either a cake- which I have no idea what it could ever be used for (since the game fails to say more than "you can bake the cake in the bakery" of it when you click the small info button when you view it in your inventory)- or make coins, BUT I no longer have the option to make 200 coins from it. I depended upon that 200 coin supplement as a way to make money in a game that is not the easiest to grow rich in. **Upon the subject of the new quests and territories, I cannot say anything, as I am not yet that far in the game.** SUMMARY: My funds have been depleted greatly in order to build huts so I will have sufficient manpower to run the things necessary to keep my village running. I now have the option to make my buildings more efficient, but that means that I need more money than before in order to upgrade 95% of the buildings in my village, half of which need diamonds(actual money) to upgrade. The ways I used to generate profit have now been decreased. My previous population of twenty is now insufficient to continue many of the actions that were previously automatic. I now expand almost twice as much resources than I used to in order to continue previously automatic actions. SUGGESTIONS: 1)UNDO THE NEED TO HAVE VILLAGERS WORK THE CAMPFIRE, SPRING, AND ETC. I see absolutely no benefits to that change, only consequences that were most likely unintentional. 2)CREATE MORE SOURCES OF REVENUE. If you're going to create more ways for players to spend their coins(such as on upgrades, building quest items, as well as on buildings necessary for quests and for the improvement of their tribe) then you need to give the players more ways to make coins as well. You could do this in the form of a mini-game, or have buildings that will give players a certain amount of coins every so often(like how certain objects can be bought that will give you some experience each day;ex. the birdbath, the shower, etc.) I will continue this game because I was addicted before the update, and I want to see where this storyline goes; as well as because of determination to see what I've started through to the end.