Big Fish launches My Tribe for Facebook: Build a tribe, make it grow
Now that millions are flocking to Facebook games like FarmVille and Pet Society, we're also seeing another big trend -- established game publishers translating their existing games into something a little more social. We've seen this with Bejeweled Blitz from PopCap (with much success) and more recently with Faunasphere from Big Fish Games.
Looks like Big Fish plans to keep socializing its existing games, with today's launch of My Tribe, the casual gaming company's second Facebook game. The tribe-building game plays similarly to the downloadable version of the game, and the goal is to turn a small community into a thriving civilization by putting tribe members to work, erecting buildings and increasing the population, while collecting resources, crafting items and discovering new scientific advancements.
My Tribe also comes with the trappings of a typical social game -- virtual currency in the form of pearls, which are used to buy upgrades for your tribe and a gifting system for your friends. You'll also be able to visit your friends' tribes and collect items which can be used in other parts of the game.
The one big noticeable difference between My Tribe and other social games is sheer number of activities in the game. In FarmVille, you basically plant, harvest, decorate and accept gifts -- it's a relatively simple 'snack' sized game experience that you can do while waiting for dinner to cook or during a commercial break. My Tribe requires more management and strategic thinking -- assigning specific tasks to villagers, managing the population growth, collecting items and them to craft other useful items takes a little more work. This new layer of complexity might be a welcome change for some, but for FarmVille-ians who prefer to click and be done with it -- My Tribe might be too complex to recreate the magic that has turned millions of gamers and non-gamers -- almost overnight -- into purveyors of seed and soil.
Of course, you'll have to judge that for yourself. Check out My Tribe on Facebook and let us know what you think in the comments area below.