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Cerulean Games Takes Kickstarter To Cask With Vineyard Valley

Posted on May 29, 2013 AT 06:06am

Facebook games are all the rage. Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds with Friends, Texas Hold Em Poker, Words with Friends, Dragon City, Farmville 2, and the list goes on. Cerulean Games is working to bring something interesting to the table: Social winemaking.

The concept isn’t new, though. In fact, their project, Vineyard Valley, is technically a resurrection of a defunct Facebook game called My Vineyard by Playdom. Playdom shut down My Vineyard last March, and Cerulean was approached by a number of fans of the game to see if it would be possible to bring something like it [or better] back to Facebook. Vineyard Valley isn’t just going to be a Facebook game. Cerulean plans to bring it to iOS, Android, OUYA, and pretty much any platform that their chosen game engine, Unity, will support.

What’s most interesting about Vineyard Valley is that they’ll be throwing the standard tropes of Facebook games to the wind.

From the press release:

Dave Calabrese, CEO of Cerulean Games, describes the new game as follows: “Vineyard Valley is a
business/tycoon game like they used to be! You won’t find energy or numerous pointless quests here.
This is a sandbox game where you design, build, manage and run your very own vineyard and winery.
Grow your crops, ferment your wines, design and build your shopping village and watch the non-player
characters (NPCs) flock to your vineyard to enjoy touring it and shopping! And being an online game, you
get to visit your friends’ vineyards- help them with tasks such as stomping grapes and building their
vineyard, or hold an event such as an auction, art show or put on a show! The choices are yours.”

If you’re like me, you may very well not play Facebook games because of some of the issues Dave mentioned above. It’s exciting to see Facebook games that are actually more of an actual game, as opposed to ‘a series of micro transactions disguised as a game’. The multi-platform concept is wonderful, as well. My favorite part, though: This looks like a tycoon game that is conceptually more interesting than the majority of the ones that have been coming out these days. [Toilet Tycoon, anyone?]

Check out their Kickstarter video below, then pop over to their actual Kickstarter page and throw money at them!

They’ve got a goal of $90,000, and as of this moment, they’ve got over $4,600 toward that. It’s actually pretty impressive, because the project has only been taking donations since May 23rd. If they continue at this rate, they’re sure to hit their goal by the July 7th end date. I really hope that they do, because this very well could represent the start of a new era of tycoon games! I’ve managed cities, hospitals, theme parks, pizzarias, and so forth over the years… I would certainly love to open my own vineyard. Besides, people already say I’m pretty winey.

You can find Cerulean Games on Facebook and Twitter, and they’ve also set up a Facebook page and Twitter account for Vineyard Valley as well! Once you’re done making your pledge, stop on by. I hear tell you might get your own box of wine if you’re nice enough.

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