Funium has launched its new genealogy-themed Facebook game, Family Village. The game blends city-building social gameplay with a player’s real-world genealogical data provided by an integration with FamilyLink‘s We’re Related application. Through We’re Related, Family Village can access online public historical documents including including census records, newspaper articles, and marriage records. These documents are available for players to view, print out, or store in an in-game document library.
“Most computer games eventually lose their luster for players who reach some prescribed goal. Even FarmVille average usage is starting to shrink,” said Paul Allen, founder of FamilyLink, in a press statement. “Conversely, Family Village engages players with not only Facebook friends, but living relatives in a quest to discover their ancestors and family history. With a total linkable global family estimated at 600 million, Family Village has a potential social graph larger than Facebook.”
Players can immigrate family members both living and dead into their virtual city in Family Village, assigning them jobs as part of building up the town. In the future, Funium plans to integrate Family Village with more online genealogy databases. Family Village drew over 8000 players during its beta testing phase and currently served over 4000 monthly active users, according to AppData. Family Village features a tutorial, a family tree viewer, in-game quests, comprehensive editors for altering a village’s appearance, and ways of interacting with Facebook friends.
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