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We take a magnifying glass to Bug Village's premium content

Bug Village Title

Now that Bug Village has launched, we can finally examine the freemium game’s PDLC in detail. The vast majority of the game’s PDLC is associated with coins, though players can also buy acorns if they prefer not to wait for the in-game harvesting process. Everyone receives 10 free coins upon starting the game. Unfortunately, the tutorial strong-arms you into using one or two coins unless you’re content to leave the game running while the first house and piles are built. Thus most players will end up with 8 coins to spend once the tutorial ends.

Coins are good for two things: speeding up tasks and buying premium items. See, tasks like building houses and farming resources take time to complete. The times start at 15 minutes and stretch into the hours from there; thankfully players are usually given a choice of three different lengths of time when harvesting items. The longer you harvest, the more Acorns and XP you’ll earn. But if you’d like to skip out on the waiting and instantly complete a building or task, it will cost one more coins, depending on the time involved.

As for premium items, they include buildings, decorations, food, piles, and flowers. All of these things look different from the non-premium versions, and some offer greater benefits. For instance, premium buildings produce extra insects compared to regular buildings, which would have to be upgraded in order to achieve the same effect. Premium decorations are purely aesthetic, though they do contribute toward the Achievement for placing 50 decorations. Premium piles and flowers produce greater rewards than low-end versions, but are surpassed by high end flowers and acorns. Premium piles and flowers have much lower level requirements though, so they may be worth buying early on in the game (especially the Wonder Crocus).

Bug Village Choose a Task

When we asked Glu Mobile about buying coins in our developer interview, we were told that purchases would either be added to the user’s phone bill or charged to credit card. Perhaps some wires got crossed, because the only method of payment available is Microsoft Points. This carries some benefits, because savvy shoppers can often purchase Microsoft Points cards for less than retail price, and purchases made with points don’t get taxed. While you’re given ample warning of the consequences when buying coins, there is no confirmation dialogue when actually spending coins, so be careful not to waste them.

Besides the possibility of accidentally wasting a coin or two on unintended speedups, I can’t find much to fault with Bug Village’s coin system. The prices are in line with similar games like Haypi Kingdom, and the more expensive packages are a better value than the cheaper ones. More payment options would be nice, but Microsoft Points are my preferred method of payment anyway. All in all, coins really do allow dedicated Bug Village players to enhance their enjoyment of the game. People who don’t get into the game or simply don’t want to spend money won’t miss out on much by saving their Microsoft Points.

Bug Village Pile it On

Without further ado, WPCentral presents the complete list of PDLC for Bug Village version 1.0 on Windows Phone.

Coin Prices

  • 10 Coins = 160 Points ($2)
  • 30 Coins = 400 Points ($5)
  • 65 Coins = 800 Points ($10)
  • 100 Coins = 1200 Points ($15)
  • 140 Coins = 1600 Points ($20)

Acorn Prices (You can earn acorns in-game, so this is just a time-saving measure.)

  • 1000 Acorns = 160 Points
  • 3000 Acorns = 400 Points
  • 6500 Acorns = 800 Points
  • 10000 Acorns = 1200 Points
  • 14000 Acorns = 1600 Points

Left side of the river

Premium Buildings

  • Double Dorm: 15 Coins Ants: + 2
  • Lux Lounge: 20 Coins Ants: + 3
  • Pink Parlor: 17 Coins Bees: + 1 (Level 5 required)
  • DoubleBee: 24 Coins Bees: + 2

Premium Decorations

  • Big Fence: 1 Coin
  • Twigs Lamp: 5 Coins
  • Tox Mushroom: 5 Coins
  • Nut Lamp: 5 Coins
  • Umbrella: 4 Coins
  • Orangella: 4 Coins
  • Red Chair: 2 Coins (limited time only)
  • Evil Cap: 20 Coins (Level 8 required)
  • Honeycombs: 4 Coins (Level 8 required)
  • Black Chip: 2 Coins
  • Red Chip: 2 Coins
  • Golden Ring: 23 Coins
  • Silver Ring: 20 Coins
  • Blue Shell: 10 Coins
  • Egg Lamp: 5 Coins (Level 5 required)
  • Button Chair: 4 Coins (Level 5 required)
  • Spool Table: 10 Coins (Level 16 required)

Right side of the river

Food

  • Cheese: 10 Coins Sugar: + Max

Piles (Ants harvest piles.)

  • Treasure Pile: 10 Coins
  • 3 Hours - Acorn: 120 XP: 75 - Refill: 20 Acorns
  • 12 Hours - Acorn: 300 XP: 115 - Refill: 40 Acorns
  • 23 Hours - Acorn: 490 XP: 160 - Refill: Acorns

Flowers (Bees harvest flowers.)

  • Wonder Crocus: 20 Coins (Level 5 required) – 2 bees to harvest
  • 5 Minutes  - Acorn: 40 XP: 8 - Refill: 5 Acorns
  • 15 Minutes  - Acorn: 60 XP: 18 - Refill: 8 Acorns
  • 1 Hour - Acorn: 225 XP: 60 - Refill: 20 Acorns
  • Great Oleander: 10 Coins (Level 5 required)
  • 3 Hours - Acorn: 120 XP: 75 - Refill: 20 Acorns
  • 12 Hours - Acorn: 300 XP: 115 - Refill: 40 Acorns
  • 23 Hours - Acorn: 490 XP: 160 - Refill:  Acorns

Ready to start building?  You can find Bug Village here on the Marketplace.

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Comments

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mydefposse says:

the level 25 achievement is glitched. zebrasqual has confirmed it. i won't bother with this pos game.

Paul Acevedo says:

That's bad news! But don't worry, the developers will definitely fix it soon. Bug Village is an important title for everyone involved.

selfcreation says:

its only 1!!
and the game its free ,
consider yourself lucky to get FREE achievements. instead of saying you won’t waste your time on a bug (no pun intended) that will get fixed in a phew weeks.
normally games cost double to get achievements!!!
 

selfcreation says:

so basicly the game takes FOR EVER to play unless you spend real life $$$
well its a fub game to check once or twice a day ( im glad it runs in the background )  

but why do i have a 35hour time limit :(

Paul Acevedo says:

35 hour time limit? What do you mean??

selfcreation says:

when im in the game.   there is a timer counting down.. its started at 35hours this morning , now im down to 30hour 33minuttes  ( its directly under the FOOD meter)

Paul Acevedo says:

Yeah, that shows how long until your bugs' food runs out. If you allow it to completely deplete, they'll pass out and all in-progress tasks will be cancelled. Just buy them sugar cubes, etc. to keep the meter up and you'll be fine.

dbgman says:

It sounds like those facebook games. I tried Empires and I kept running out of power. So I had to wait a number of hours before I could play again OR I could spend some real money and buy power.
It is free(timed use) but tries to lure you into spending real coin!

Paul Acevedo says:

Yep, that's how most freemium games work.

NaterBater says:

So if you were to play this game legit without buying coins or time glitching, how long would it take? It would probably be 3 months to a year. Im just glad that you can cheat at it because it is very boring to me. You don't want your kids to play this game without supervision or they might spend some money as its very easy to do and doesn't even warn you when spending coins. Its not that bad of a game graphics wise and whatnot though

Lucas says:

Thanks, a good guide. but I won't buy coins in the game. Since you can cheat, why buying coins(come on, you may have to spend 1600MSP!that's 20 bucks for two quality xbla games)? I've got 120G achievement via the clock-adjusting trick. all you need is to play offline and adjust the time of your cellphone.

Urvansh says:

I don't get any purchase options. When I press get more it says only loading nothing more!, please help!