Do you want to try out a new game?

If you have plenty of time on your hands, or if you just want to have some fun while you commute to school, etc., you can take out your smartphone and play. There is a time for high-quality graphics games, and there are also times when you might just want to play something that is stimulating but not too complicated. If the latter is what you are looking for, then this game is just the right one for you.

Match-3 genre owes its popularity to the simplicity of its premise: there are a number of game pieces of different kinds on the screen. The player manipulates the game field in a turn-based fashion so these pieces align into horizontal or vertical rows of at least three. Once that happens, the matched pieces disappear, collapsing everything above them and a new batch of pieces appear. The game ends when a certain condition is reached, usually a certain score, or number of pieces matched. Then the player advances to the next stage.

To achieve this goal, the player has at his disposal a number of tools, such as those that clear rows, columns, or individual fields. There is a seemingly endless amount of variety in the match-3 genre: different environments, game rules, difficulty and so on. But no matter the nuances, all these games share a very addictive gameplay. Farm Heroes Saga is no exception.

Protect the Farm from Rancid the Raccoon

The goal behind the Farm Heroes Saga is to save the pristine farmland from the wicked Rancid, who wants to pollute it. Advancing through the stages is done by matching a certain number of “cropsies”, as game pieces are called in this case, within the allotted number of moves. Retrying the stage costs a life, which can be bought from the in-game store. Every ten stages comprise a separate episode (or a “district”) and at the end of each, the player will have to face and defeat Rancid. Because stages aren’t timed, there’s no need to hurry. It’s a good idea to think carefully about the best possible move. Planning a few moves ahead is a powerful strategy that is enough to breeze through all but the most difficult levels.

The game itself is very well animated: cropsies jiggle when matched and disappear in an explosion of colors and sparks. Especially successful matches will prompt the words “Awesome” or “Farmtastic” to appear on the screen. Matching 4 or 5 cropsies in one move will make them sprout leaves and vines and enhance adjacent cropsies. If the goal is reached before all moves are exhausted, the player will enter a Hero Mode, in which all matches give extra points. Sound effects are bubbly and the music is enjoyable.

Perfect Game for a Match-3 Beginner

Farm Heroes Saga doesn’t bother the player with tutorials or the story, which is a big plus. It’s all neatly incorporated within the game levels and doesn’t distract too much. As the player progresses through the stages, more complex gameplay mechanics are gradually introduced, which require more and more effort and planning. Because new cropsies are generated randomly, it is possible to get stuck and lose a life without making any mistakes whatsoever. However, this is a part of all match-3 games.

Overall, Farm Heroes Saga is a quite fun and enjoyable gaming experience, available both over Facebook and on your mobile device. Still, it’s probably not as challenging as veteran match-3 players would want it, but that makes it perfect for younger gamers. But if you want to try it out and see how you do, then download it. It’s free.

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