There seems to be something extremely satisfying about seeing the progress bars filling up in Zynga’s famed Farmville series.
Farmville 2 was originally launched, for Facebook, in the year 2012 and it is now available as Farmville 2: Country Escape, for iOS and Android mobile phones. The game can be played at your own pace, whether you have a few seconds or a few hours. You can also play with your friends on Facebook or in a new Anonymous mode, without needing Facebook. It is also possible to play the game without being connected to the Internet.
The game begins with the usual information about taking over the farm from grandparents with lots of people around to help the player. The interface is pleasant and simple to use. The player has to choose new crops and animals and the buildings that he wants to place in the farm. Plots have to be placed and then crops have to watered, animals have to be fed and buildings be given the necessary ingredients and so on. Grains grown can be harvested and all these activities can be done with support of coins and keys as well as speed seeds. There are many tasks, such as whipping up a cake or selling an item in the Farm Board or visiting a friend’s farm and the like. All these tasks give you more experience and you can level up in the game.
The controls are all touch based and are quick to operate, as you just have to tap on the crops for watering them or drag some ingredients to make a recipe with just a single swipe and so on. The sales board is constantly updated to inform you about the price you can expect for specific crops and goods. The quests also help you earn experience and coins.
Verdict – Less Creativity
Farmville originally started way back in the beginning stages of Facebook games, but the latest mobile installment has excellent graphics and is quite charming. However, the creative freedom that was present in the original making it a monstrous hit seems to be missing in the latest version. The original game had a lot of decorative items, whereas the new one has less of them. Country Escape also offers land expansions on very strict basis over a period of time. In addition, all the farms, your own and your friends’ farms, end up looking rather similar at a particular point of progression, unless you are ready to pay and unlock things quickly.
The new Farmville 2: Country Escape involves more thought in what you grow and when you grow them, as the storage space is somewhat limited. If you want to expand it, it needs premium currency. The game does offer a specific rhythm and you can slowly get addicted to it the more you play it, as it offers a more coherent gameplay. Farms have never looked as good as the new farms on Country Escape. The game is rendered in 3D and has amazing animation, especially when you zoom in. Birds fly inside your land and trees and grass have a magical swaying action, as though they are moved by a gentle breeze. Everything seems to be more alive in the new game, but the price to be paid for all this is that you are forced to stay strictly within the boundaries, as there is less room for creativity. Undoubtedly, Farmville 2: Country Escape is here to stay. There will surely be many casual gamers who will continue to play the game, but the days when Farmville ruled the roost among games in Facebook may probably be over.
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