Grubby Games’ My Tribe has just been turned into a Facebook social game. I played the original My Tribe about a year ago (yeah, I know, I love desert island survival games). The goal in the new Facebook game, like in the original, is to build a flourishing island tribe, and to solve the mysterious objects on your island.
Island Paradise or the ever-popular FarmVille, require you to have friends help you. FarmVille, and other successful social games, turn guanxi into a game, creating a virtual exchange of mooncakes. In Island Paradise, the “quests” are all necessary items you can’t have unless you ask your social network for clickthrough help until you succeed. Or your friends unfriend you. Either way.
In My Tribe, you can play without help from any Facebook friends. You’ll progress faster with extra shells and stork feathers from friends, of course, and My Tribe is not all that subtle about suggesting you ask more friends to play too. I’d love to see seed and recipe exchange in future upgrades, that would really make the social side worthwhile. But you won’t hit a level cap if you don’t want to harass your friends into playing.
Anyway, I wrote up the solutions to the original MyTribe’s mysteries over on Thumb Gods, because the “hints” that your tribespeople give can be pretty annoying (Hmm! I bet this rusty-colored rock could sure be useful!). So, if you’re playing My Tribe, and you want to solve the mysteries on your own, stop reading here. Yes, here. This is your spoiler alert.
That cool tiki head looks ever better after you complete it. Whenever your tribe has a new baby (depending on your number of stork feathers, and therefore, on your number of friends, this might take some time), bring the baby over to play with the stone statue. This is a bit counter-intuitive because whenever players attempt to solve another mystery with children, babies or teens, a message appears that only adults can solve mysteries. Anyway, each baby plants a special new flower in one of the pots around the Easter Island face, and once the pots are all blooming, the tiki face is surrounded by a ring of flowers, and becomes a strength power-up for babies and children.
To move the tree stump, you’ll need a tribe member with a physical strength of 70 or above to lift it. You can increase their strength with gems, becoming a tribal elder, or breeding. After you’ve done this, you’ll get an Ever Tree. I’m not entirely sure what this special tree does, though… Do you?
Solving the star rock is exactly the same as in the old version. Have a tribesperson who’s had an experience with stardust examine the rock, and they’ll have the brilliant idea to use stardust on the star rock. (And no, you can’t skip straight to the stardust-in-the-rock stage.) It’ll take either 3 or 4 stardusts, depending on how fast you move, and after you’ve unlocked it, it will attract more stardust to land on the island. The moon rock is exactly the same thing, but with moondust.
There’s also a sickly, leafless bush with a pink heart in the branches. I don’t know what to call it, but your tribe member with level 15 in both science and agriculture can probably tell you a good Latin name for it. I’ll call it Deciduous Roseus Cordius. Have your skilled tribesperson examine the tree when it’s raining to solve the mystery and unlock new berry seeds. (I got Beanberry, Bossberry, Bumbleberry, Chuckberry, Niftberry, Polerberry, Riddleberry, Sketchberry, Smokeberry and Thistleberry from my new Cornucopia Bush. What did you get?)
Did I leave anything out? Let me know any other hints or tricks you’ve found.