Download the PNG

Put this in your c:\where you installed the game\Virtual Villagers 4 – The Tree of Life\Images\

Why? Because my eyesight is horrible and scanning all over the map for little mushrooms are simply painful. I tried adding a simple glow, but that was nowhere near enough. These are stroked in 2 pixels of red. There is NO WAY you could miss them.

Screencap for glowing collectibles

All finished!

VF1 Dark Interface MOD 1.01

  • Version 1.00.04 of the game made the picture in the collection screen smaller and higher so I’ve changed that page to fit it.
  • There’s a slight glitch in the bottom right of the pop-up boxes. They’re now fixed.
  • Made the black boxes grey so that the doctor diagnosis messages would be visible.
Black and glossy.

Black and glossy interface.


Other screens

VF1 Dark Interface MOD 0.8

  • Changed the background and buttons of the family screen
  • Changed the trophy screen’s background, slider, and icons.
  • Minor nudges here and there on where the bottom bar’s sitting.

VF1 Dark Interface MOD 0.7

VF1 Dark Interface MOD 0.6

  • Blue buttons are now black (and glossier)
  • orange buttons are now grey
  • $ sign is now black
  • event screens come up as charcoal
  • red buttons are a deeper, sexier shade of red.

VF1 Dark Interface MOD 0.5

I made this because I like to see more game and less interface. Call this version 0.5 because I’m not done yet, but it’s very much usable, especially since the main part of the mod (the default interface) is done.

  • Semi-transparent inventory slots
  • Status info are now dark blue on alpha white with gradient. Oooo. I didn’t add a background for the occasional status updates, since it’s usually white and stands out anyway. This way I get to see more game.
  • Black and gray glossy buttons all over
  • Horizontal bar that’s in every screen is now transparent / invisible
  • Blue pop-ups now come up as black (event screens still need changes)
  • The entire shopping screen is now black and grey and slick instead of cute.

Still working on

  • The Details screen
  • The event popups
  • Trophies screen
  • long buttons
  • anything else that might come to mind that I’d like black.

Unzip the folder into your Virtual families install folder / images. NOT your saves folder. It should overwrite some files, so backup your images folder first.

And also…I KNOW somebody’s downloading these things because my hit counter for the zip files keeps going up, but nobody leaves me a message on whether they like it or not. So, uh, comments? 🙂

When I booted up Virtual Families for the first time, I thought everything looked really nice, but there was a color cast to everything. The characters are of vibrant colors, and the backgrounds were sort of muted. I guess it’s an effect to allow the characters stand out more, but I thought I’d like a brighter, more vibrant house and yard.

So here’s the first “background maps” mod I whipped up, with higher contrast, darker wood, and just generally more “oomph” to the colors. It looks subtle here, but trust me, it’s anything but. Try it – you’d want sunglasses. *updated* Now includes the updates so they all get a colour boost. Here’s a preview:

Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun

And here’s a link to the zip file. Unzip into your Virtual Familes\images folder. Before making changes to the images directory, make sure you back it up first! (Or you can reinstall, but backing up / restoring is so much faster)

Leave a comment if you want, say, another color theme.