Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City iPhone/iTouch/iPad Cheats

Rating 11

Clam key hint

You must solve Puzzle 9 (the big statue). Once the statue is completed, a pearl will appear (not the key). Have a Master Builder pick up the pearl. He or she will take it to the waterfall to be "finished". After that, have the tribal chief pick up the finished blue pearl. The chief will use the pearl to get the key from the giant clam.

Rating 11

Pink diamond key hint

You must solve Puzzle 3, then collect the following herbs for a potion: Cactus, Rose, Lotus. Make the potion and have a villager other than a nursing mother drink it. That villager should feel "light and springy". Drop them by the pink diamond (the hanging object) just above the rose plant. Their action should read "Trying to reach the key". They will jump up and collect the key.
Knuckles Echidna

Rating 8

Quick babies hints

-Place a male on a female, or vice versa. The message "Going indoors for some privacy" will appear. Move the male villager from his place. You will see a baby in the hand of the female villager.

-You can tell if the couple who are going indoors will make a baby or not because the population will change as soon as they say "Going indoors". If they are not going to make a baby, pick them up and try again instead of waiting for them walk over to the house. You also do not have to wait if they are going to have a baby. As soon as you see the population change, pick up the female and the baby will appear in her arms when you put her down.

Rating 8

Easy magic food hint

Note: A Tribal Chief is required for this code. Drag your chief to the food to have him either create magic food or refuse. If he refuses, do the following. Go to "Menu", then "Options". Set the time to paused. Press Stop then go to "Settings", then "General", then "Date And Time", then "Set Date And Time". Select the current date and advance it by one day. Return to the game and unpause the time, then drag your Tribal Chief back to the food. He will now create more magic food. Repeat this as many times as desired.

Rating 6

Double tech points and food

While collecting items (turtle shells, corals, tablets, and feathers), if you already have gathered that item you will earn tech points. Mushrooms are food (red is more food than brown). You can double your profits by placing two children on the same item. If done fast enough you will end up with two of the same item. This is useful when low on food.

Rating 4

Lift puzzle hint

Have one Adept Builder and two Master Builders . Note: You cannot have a Trainee Builder.

Rating 4

Avoiding useless Chiefs

If your first chief has recently died and you have completed the alchemy lab, use the following trick to avoid another useless chief. Have a child (preferably a young female) drink the potion Tiger Lily + Tiger Lily + Lotus, then drop her on the unclaimed robe. Note: You must complete puzzle three. Since a young female was used, she can still collect items when she is a kid and can have babies when she is an adult.

Rating 4

Tablet pieces

The collectible tablet pieces will start appearing near the rubble when the rubble clearing project has gotten started with at least 2%.

Rating 4


Square gem
Use the potion on a villager that makes you feel "light and springy". Put the villager under the cliff with the gem. The villager will spring up, snatch the gem, and bring it to the door.

Ash gem
After your fire has burnt for more than ten hours, you will see something sparkling in it. Allow the fire to burn out to find a gem in the ashy remains. It will be too hot to touch at first. Bring a villager to the waterfall. You should have an action with something to do with putting water on it. Repeat this until the villager does not put any more water on it. Drag a villager to the gem and they will put it in the door.

Clam gem
Rebuild the statue and there will be a gem. Give it to a Master Builder to "finish" it. Give the finished gem to the chief. The chief will bring it to the clam, then get the gem inside the clam. They will bring that to the door.

Rating 3

Building the big green blue statue

To build the large green blue statue, buy Leadership and Restoration.

Rating 3

Easy parenting skill hint

An elderly female is required. Instead of actually having to make the babies and wait out their growth, simply have your person be with an older woman. Use a male on the elderly female as if you wanted them to have children. Repeat this. Only use the male on the female, because if you use the female on the male the female will get the points.

Rating 3

Lift hint

The lift is useful for placing an adult and allowing you to find them in the same place a few seconds later. You can use this to get the couples you want to have babies. Other places where villagers linger are the waterfalls and bath (when completed).

Rating 2

Gathering herbs hint

While collecting herbs for alchemy, children of almost any age can gather herbs for the potions. However, they cannot make the potions.

Rating 2

Herbs hints

Your villagers will "see" the following herbs when you fly them over:
-The Cactus is found just above the Science area.
-The Black Orchid is on the edge of the grassy area below the orchard.
-The Rose is found on the right edge of the orchard, below the hanging object.
-The Lotus is to the left of the stairs near the bath.
-The Tiger Lily is partway up the path to the door (orange flower on right).
-The Berry (Magic) or Pitcher Plant (Nature) is found to the left of the alchemy lab, where the kids go when nature calls. These plants only appear when you have purchased level 2 in your faction.

Rating 2

Faster events hint

The time that the game runs is based on your computer's clock. It is possible to shorten things by setting the clock ahead and then going back. Be wary though, occasionally people will die over this time. Note: Try doing this by an hour at a time at first to avoid death from disease or starvation. Also, when clearing the rubble by the bath, do not set the time ahead. The tablet pieces that you should get from clearing the rubble will disappear and there will be no other way to get them.

Rating 2

Potion combinations:

Combine the following ingredients to get the corresponding potions:

Rose + Rose + Rose - Romantic/Embrace
Rose + Rose + Black Orchid - Feels lonely
Rose + Rose + Cactus - Fertile
Rose + Rose + Lotus - Happy feet; dances
Rose + Rose + Tiger Lily - Stinky Breath; burps green cloud
Rose + Black Orchid + Black Orchid - Stomachache; minor health gone
Rose + Black Orchid + Cactus - Burns; minor health gone
Rose + Black Orchid + Lotus - Awful; makes villager sick
Rose + Black Orchid + Tiger Lily - Burns; minor health gone
Rose + Cactus + Cactus - Yummy; kids drink
Rose + Cactus + Lotus - Light and springy; villager able to get pink diamond
Rose + Cactus + Tiger Lily - Crazy
Rose + Lotus + Lotus - Fertile
Rose + Lotus + Tiger Lily - Woozy; villager spins and sits
Rose + Tiger Lily + Tiger Lily - Fun; acts like child
Black Orchid + Black Orchid + Black Orchid - Half health gone
Black Orchid + Black Orchid + Cactus - Stomachache; minor health gone
Black Orchid + Black Orchid + Lotus - Stomachache; minor health gone
Black Orchid + Black Orchid + Tiger Lily - Woozy; villager spins and sits
Black Orchid + Cactus + Cactus - Awful; makes Villager sick
Black Orchid + Cactus + Lotus - Energy; runs a short while
Black Orchid + Cactus + Tiger Lily - Must exercise
Black Orchid + Lotus + Lotus - Nasty, bitter
Black Orchid + Lotus + Tiger Lily - Has to go; nature calls
Black Orchid + Tiger Lily + Tiger Lily - Sleepy; sits/lies down
Cactus + Cactus + Cactus - Minor health gained
Cactus + Cactus + Lotus - Medium health gained
Cactus + Cactus + Tiger Lily - Nasty, bitter
Cactus + Lotus + Lotus - Medium health gained
Cactus + Lotus + Tiger Lily - Feels hungry; eats a lot
Cactus + Tiger Lily + Tiger Lily - Nasty, bitter
Lotus + Lotus + Lotus - In a trance
Lotus + Lotus + Tiger Lily - Villager hiccups and jumps
Lotus + Tiger Lily + Tiger Lily - Nasty, bitter
Tiger Lily + Tiger Lily + Tiger Lily - Fun; acts like child

Nature Faction

Pitcher Plant + Pitcher Plant + Pitcher Plant - Itchy
Pitcher Plant + Pitcher Plant + Rose - feel better
Pitcher Plant + Pitcher Plant + Black Orchid - Sleepy; sits/lays down
Pitcher Plant + Pitcher Plant + Cactus - Feel better
Pitcher Plant + Pitcher Plant + Lotus - Feel better
Pitcher Plant + Pitcher Plant + Tiger Lily - Awful; makes villager sick
Pitcher Plant + Rose + Rose - Soapy; hiccups floating bubbles
Pitcher Plant + Rose + Black Orchid - Burns; minor health gone
Pitcher Plant + Rose + Cactus - Feel better
Pitcher Plant + Rose + Lotus - Fertile
Pitcher Plant + Rose + Tiger Lily - Hiccups; villager hiccups and jumps
Pitcher Plant + Black Orchid + Black Orchid - Gets rid of sharks; several villagers take to ocean
Pitcher Plant + Black Orchid + Cactus - Nasty, bitter
Pitcher Plant + Black Orchid + Lotus - Burns; minor health gone
Pitcher Plant + Black Orchid + Tiger Lily - Has to go; nature calls
Pitcher Plant + Cactus + Cactus - Too hot; tries to cool off
Pitcher Plant + Cactus + Lotus - Feel better
Pitcher Plant + Cactus + Tiger Lily - Nasty, bitter
Pitcher Plant + Lotus + Lotus - Has an epiphany in a trance
Pitcher Plant + Lotus + Tiger Lily - Stomachache; minor health gone
Pitcher Plant + Tiger Lily + Tiger Lily - Nasty, bitter

Magic Faction

Berry + Berry + Berry - Paralyzed
Berry + Berry + Rose - Burns; minor health gone
Berry + Berry + Black Orchid - Sleepy; sits/lies down
Berry + Berry + Cactus - Nasty, bitter
Berry + Berry + Lotus - Burns; minor health gone
Berry + Berry + Tiger Lily - Awful; makes villager sick
Berry + Rose + Rose - Gets rid of sharks; several villagers take to ocean
Berry + Rose + Black Orchid - Burns; minor health gone
Berry + Rose + Cactus - Scientific clarity
Berry + Rose + Lotus - Yummy
Berry + Rose + Tiger Lily - Yummy
Berry + Black Orchid + Black Orchid - Nasty, bitter
Berry + Black Orchid + Cactus - Blind
Berry + Black Orchid + Lotus - Feels smarter
Berry + Black Orchid + Tiger Lily - Has to go; nature calls
Berry + Cactus + Cactus - Freezing; tries to get warm
Berry + Cactus + Lotus - Feel better
Berry + Cactus + Tiger Lily - Nasty, bitter
Berry + Lotus + Lotus - Epiphany/trance
Berry + Lotus + Tiger Lily - Stomachache; minor health gone
Berry + Tiger Lily + Tiger Lily - Teleport to random location on island

Rating 1

Finding respawned objects

When your adults are gathering objects (keys, firewood, etc.), they may drop them if interrupted by a celebration or if you click on them. The item will then respawn to where it was first found.

Rating 1

Food hints

-Before starting the game, set your system date ahead by one day. Then, after smoking the bees and planting your first seed , allow the game to run and set your clock to the correct date. You should now have 3,000 honey and 1,000 fruit.

-The honey is your first source. Make sure your firewood and dry grass is collected and started before attempting this. The next step to get food is to repair the lift located next to the fruit tree by the water. You must advance your Restoration one level in the Tech department. Make sure to have at least one or two villagers in Researching to earn those Tech points. After advancing one Restoration level, three builders at once are required to fix the lift. After it is fixed, while it rains quickly drag a villager onto the flat end of the lift to stand on it. It will lift them up and they will knock down a fruit seed. You can use it to plant another fruit tree. You can have a total of three fruit trees.

-Plant your first seed right away. Do this by dropping an adult villager (but not a nursing mom) on the seed near the lift. That seed may be a mango, papaya, or banana.

Rating 1

Finding collectables hints

-Turtle shells can be found around the waterfall and mating build.

-Ocean items are found only on the beach and reef.

-Feathers and mushrooms are found anywhere including the reef and path up to the key door. However the rare feathers are usually found in the clearing that has the roster of the dead down by the bath

-Tablet pieces can be found as you uncover the rubble near the bath.

Rating 1

Gem key hint

Keep lighting the fire to notice sparkles around the fire. Let it burn out and the key should appear. However, it is too hot to pick up. Head to the waterfalls where the villagers get a drink and drop them there. The key must be there in order to do this. The villagers action will be "Putting water on the firepit". Keep doing until it has cooled.

Rating 0

Infinite honey

If one of your villagers likes running, have that villager smoke the hive. By doing this, the bees will stay and you will have never-ending honey.