Become a ‘vineyard tycoon’ with Sims-like game TerroirBy Lauren Eads
A new game that lets users play at being a “vineyard tycoon” – without the financial risk – by building a virtual business from one vineyard to a sprawling estate has arrived, taking inspiration from games such as The Sims.
Terroir: A Winemaking Tycoon Game puts players in control of their own wine estate, making decisions on which varieties of grow, how to manage the vineyard, make their wine and oversee the business to expand and develop the estate.
Players can choose from a selection of different red and white grape varieties, from Cabernet Sauvignon to Pinot Noir, managing their needs in the vineyard depending on the characteristics of each grape and changing simulated weather, with the game’s weather system apparently based on Bordeaux’s climate.
“Each type of grape needs to be crafted a certain way to achieve the best results, so you’ll have to learn and master each one,” the game’s makers note.
Following the harvest, which is also determined by the player, you can then choose your referred winemaking methods, through crushing, fermentation, pressing and ageing, to make a wine that, presumably, is popular with a virtual market, whether you are aiming for a high volume wine or a premium, small batch wine.
Each game lasts 100 virtual game-play years, with players working to create the most efficient and successful business during that time period.
The game, released in full today, was developed by General Interactive Co. – a small games designing company based out of Singapore and the UK.
“We have so much more in store for the game, and we plan on continuing development on more content (and potentially even DLC content) for the foreseeable future,” said Mark Fillon, creative director at General Interactive.
“We love this game and want to bring it to life as much as we can. And hopefully, in the process, our players will enjoy it as much as we do.”