FarmVille is the reigning champion in farming simulation games on Facebook. This 2D browser based MMO let’s players step into the shoes of a local farmer. Starting with a small plot of land users must grow and harvest a variety of crops. Participate in Co-op farming challenges with friends, build stables, add facilities, decorate, and expand your property to level up. This game focuses on farming but allows players to customize their own virtual farm in any particular way they want. Create a traditional crop farm or a wacky agricultural haven overflowing with livestock and exotic trees. There is even a pet option which permits users to feed and perform tricks with a puppy of their choice. FarmVille has no classes just millions of addicted farmers ready to harvest. All in all its a ok game, I know a lot of people are addicted to this browser game but I could never get into it. Again see why people love it but its just not my cup of eat. Parents need to know that FarmVille is one of the most popular and well-established games on the Facebook social network. The farming sim is technically free to play, though players won't get far unless they have a large network of neighbors to exchange goods with, or they're willing to pay real-world cash to unlock certain buildings, quests, and items. FarmVille lets players invite strangers to become neighbors without actually becoming their Facebook friend -- a great feature that cuts down on the privacy concerns associated with "friending" strangers on Facebook. However, those new neighbors can still send private messages within the game. Some kids find the game to be quite addicting.
Farmville is one of many facebook games I have played over the years since I joined the site. I find myself coming back to it from time to time but soon getting sick of it again.
When the game starts you are presented with a farm, it is your job to place plots to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. You are to plow the land, plant the seeds and then harvest them when they are ready.
You also buy animals and trees and harvest them when they are ready. The time animals, trees and seeds take to harvest varies depending on the species, for example strawberries can be harvested after 4 hours and watermelons take 4 days.
You can add neighbours and visit their farms to gain coins and experience and sometimes find gifts. You can send and request gifts to and from your neighbours. You now have the ability to add neighbours without having to be friends with them on facebook.
You progress to a higher level by gaining experience points. There are many ways to gain experience points (XP's) and here are a few examples:
HARVESTING SEEDS, ANIMALS AND TREES
Plowing a plot of land costs you 15 coins and gains 1 XP. You also gain XP's for planting seens, the amount of XP's varies depending on the harvest time ranging from 1XP to 10XP.
Each crop, tree and most animals have mastery rewards. For example if you harvest 200 plots of one type of plant you will reach mastery level 1 and receive a generous XP and coins reward, harvesting 500 will get you to level 2 and bigger rewards and harvesting 1000 will get you to mastery level 3 and larger rewards again. Seeds you plant will wither if you forget to harvest them, most of the time you will have to start again plowing these plots and lose the coins you spent on the seeds. Occasionally you may find an unwither spray which you can use to unwither crops and harvest them as normal.
The mastery levels also apply to trees and most animals although these will not wither.
You also gain XP by completing missions which are on the left hand side of the page, there are usually 2 or 3 requirements to complete a mission. One element of the task may require you to publish a request asking for an item. You will need neighbours to click these requests to give you the items you require. Another part of the task may require you to harvest a certain breed of animals so many times and another element may require you to harvest a certain amount of plants.
When the mission is completed you will receive coins XP's and a reward (this could be an animal or a decoration).
When you first start farmville the quickest way to increase your levels is by gaining ribbons. There are lots to get. Each type of ribbon has 4 levels.
You gain ribbons for the amount of neighbours you have, how many coins you have, coins spent, trees harvested, plots plowed, crops harvested, fertilising neighbour crops, the amount of animals you have, buying and placing decorations, placing fences, opening mystery eggs (found in neighbours' chicken coops) and many more. For each ribbon you achieve you will receive coins and lots of XP's.
You can either start a job yourself or join one which a neighbour has start. These jobs require you to set up a team and harvest a required amount of crops in a time limit to gain medals. For completing these jobs you receive coins, XP's and some kind of reward.
This is quite a new feature. There is a leaderboard for each task which changes weekly. You are to compete with your neighbours to reach the top of the leaderboard and receive XP's and rewards for moving up the leaderboard. The task could be to harvest a certain plant, to harvest the most trees, feed the most baby animals or craft goods in your workshop.
You will start with quite a small farm, but you can expand this as you go by paying coins or asking neighbours for help in expanding. You will also need to collect parts to create storage buildings to save space on your farm. There are many types of buildings now including a horse stable, dairy farm, chicken coop, orchard, duck pond, zoo and more.
You can also buy a tractor, seeder, harvester or combine harvester which is good for large farms as it allows you to seed and harvest multiple plots in one go.
You will receive bushels from harvesting plants and trees which will go to your workshop and market. This allows neighbours to buy bushels from you and you can buy bushels from your neighbours. You will need a combination of bushels to create goods in your craftshop. These goods can then be converted to fuel to use in your machinery.
I enjoy the game but the problem I have is that they have tried to add so much to the game to improve it and it's just too much to do. With these added features came more glitches and I frequently have to refresh the page as it freezes or something goes wrong.
You now not only have your home farm, you also have an english countryside farm, Lighthouse cove farm, Jade falls farm, winter wonderland and Hawaiian paradise. Each land is a new farm with different scenery and animals and you can either pause these while you are on another farm or let them running so you could have plants growing in every land.
When they added the first couple of farms I thought it was a good feature as I would use one for my trees, one for animals and one for crops. Now there are too many, sometimes it takes a while to travel between farms and it's too time consuming.
Another negative in this game is it is difficult for people with few neighbours to complete many of the tasks. Also some of the items in the market can only be bought with farm cash (FC). You receive 1 FC every time you reach a new level. Others use a credit/debit card to purchase FC so it would be very hard to catch up with your neighbours' level if they are spending money on items.
Overall I found it fun at first and tend to go back to it to kill boredom now and again but normally end up giving up again because it is either too slow or freezing up.
The application is also available as a mobile app for phones or tablets so you can tend to your farm on the go. I don't use this as my make believe farm isn't of that much importance to me.
I think this started out as a fun game and I used to enjoy competing to reach a higher level than my neighbours, but I think they have tried to add to much to the game which if anything has made it worse.
***FINDING THE APPLICATION***
The application is really easy to find, I'm sure nearly everyone on facebook has been sent requests from people who use farmville, I know I'm always bombarded with requests, how-ever less now then I used to be. You also also find the application in facebook if you start typing in 'Farmville' in the search bar, this will bring up the application where you can join, along with your other friends. Once you have joined and use the application this will be save in facebook and will be on your bookmark page on facebook so you can find it quicker.
***THE AIM OF THE GAME***
To create a big farm and earn money/points by harvesting various different types of tree's, harvesting crops and selling them, making recipes and collecting items that animals produce such as egg's and milk. Each time you collect or harvest thing you will gain more points and when you have a certain number of points you will move up a level and gain more experience points. Bascially you need to keep your farm running smoothly and carry out some of the tasks given to you, either by your friends or by farmville itself. You earn cash the more crops you harvest and the more tasks you complete on your farm the more experience you will earn as well. This helps you to get better rewards and to get limited items which people on a lower experience level can't get.
***PLAYING THE GAME***
When you start playing the game it's very basic, you will get given a small farm (this can get bigger the more neighbours you add). You will need to plough some of the land and then plant crops and watch them grow. When you decide what plant you want to go, either flowers, fruit or vegetables it will tell you how long it takes for the crops to grow. This cna be anything from 2hrs to about 3 days. You need to keep note of this otherwise if you go back to your crops too late they will have withered and will no longer be any good, menaing you have to plant all the crops again. There are various animals you will be given and will need to build places for them to live.
I have been playing farmville on and off for about 3 years. I don't play it every day, and never go on it at the weekend, which is probably why a lot of my friends have got a higher experience level than me. If you have friends on facebook who are also playing the same game you can add them as neighbours and they can send you gifts or requests of items they need to build or complete a task. You can also ask them for specific gifts as well. My farm is quite large and I have lots of animals sorted into their different pens. I also have about 7 orchards for all the different types of tree's and I have completed a lot of the recipe tasks as well as collecting items, in order to trade them in for rewards. You can buy various different things for your farm which includes vechiles such as tractors and seeders, wood cabin's, houses, buildings, tree's, fences and other things to make your farm look how you want it. Some of the items you can buy using your farm cash which you earn by harvesting and selling crops. Other items you will need to buy using your money which you need to transfer or pay using your bank/credit card. Items vary in price, and this is something I have never done as Im not really into the game that much to spend my money on it.
When playing the game I tend to go on it to plant some crops and will then log off and check on it the following day to then harvest the crops. This isn't a game you could spend hours playing as you need to leave it to enable the crops to go and for people to send you items/gifts. There will be certain items you need for buildings such as bricks, nails, wood, tin sheets and other items. These items can be sent to you, or again you can purchase them. I'm not sure what experience level you can reach but one of my friend's has managed to get upto 100 and I'm currently on 86. Obviously the more crops you plant and the more items you buy on your farm the quicker this will go up.
Along the bottom of the game screen it will show your list of friends who are your neighbours on farmville, on here you can see what level each person is upto. You cna obviously tell from looking at this the people who play the game a lot and people who play the game once in a while.
You can hear the sound of the animals on your farm which does get annoying so I actually turned the sound off when playing. The graphics are fairly good, and are quite sharp without any distortion or anything looking blurry. I don't really think they can improve the graphics as it's fine how it is. Maybe if the game was different then they could improve the grahics slightly. You will notice that some of the items on your farm move, these cna include windmills or the animals may move. Sometimes this isn't always the case though as sometimes the application can run slow or have problems. I have seen other games with better graphics, how-ever as this is just a free application on facebook and it's not paid for this doesn't bother me too much.
I like these types of game, and do play this daily. It's definately not a game I can play for hours and I actually get quite annoyed with the amount of requests I get sent for this game, how-ever you can turn off/ignore the requests by going into the settings on your facebook page. The application does seem to have a lot of problems, this can vary, but often the game will freeze or it will say the game is out of sync and needs refreshing. This is quite frustrating as this happend quite often and stops you from playing the game, which can mean the crops you have planted will wither anyway. lots of my friends used to play this game but not many play it now as I don't think they can really bothered. This is a little bit addictive as i like to progress in the game to get better things and to get further than my friends, so I also find this game a little competitive too. If you have the time and you like these types of game then give it a go.
(review may also appear on ciao)
I'd heard about Farmville before I joined facebook. Some of my friends used it and said they really enjoyed it. So after joining FB I decided to see what Farmville was all about.
Your avatar farmer can be customised by choosing a gender, changing the facial features and choosing clothes.
You start off with 6 plots of land, some coins and 5 FV dollars. You have to plough these plots, plant seeds then harvest. You choose seeds from the market. Each has varying levels of cost, what they sell for, XP (Experience Points) and the length of time needed to grow. There are lots of different things to plant. There are fruits, vegetables, grains, flowers and other stuff to choose from. If you fail to harvest the crops when they are ready they can become withered and so you lose out on any profit from these.
Once you reach level 10 you then start earned mastery points for crops and trees. Each has 3 levels of mastery and each time a level is achieved you're given coins and XP. When the mastery is completed you get a mastery sign for that crop or tree and it can sometimes unlock other seeds. You have the chance to expand your farm. You can do so if you have a certain amount of neighbours or you can use FV dollars. Obviously the bigger the farm the more you can earn and the quicker you go up through the levels.
Each time you harvest your crops you earn coins and XP. Increasing your XP helps towards reaching the next level. When a new level is reached you are awarded 1 FV dollar. Each time you harvest your crops this gives more coins which means you can add more plots to enable you to produce more crops which in turn gives more coins and XP.
You can purchase vehicles like a tractor, seeder, harvester or a combine. These are essential once your farm really expands as it makes it so much easier and quicker to plough, plant and harvest crops. Obviously these vehicles required fuel though. This can be bought for FV dollars but it's very pricy. The best way to get this is to place a crafting building on your farm. You can choose from winery, spa or a bakery. Bushels are used from your harvested crops to make the goods for the crafting building. Once the goods are ready these you get to keep on and the others are on sale to friends. You exchange these goods for fuel. The higher you go up the levels on the goods the more fuel they can be exchanged for.
Once you've been playing a little while you can then start to add stuff to your land such as a chicken coop, dairy farm, nursery barn, horse stable, pig pen, turkey roost, sheep pen etc. You can have lots of different trees that can be harvested for coins and mastery points. Also you can choose from many different animals such as sheep, horses, pigs, turkeys, hens, cows, cats, squirrels, bears, pheasants, rabbits, bees, deer, dogs, goats, llamas. Lots of decorations are available from the market, things like cottages, plant pots, flags, barns, vehicles, duck pond.
Collections can be completed by finding things around your farm whilst harvesting. Once all items of a collection have been found this collection can be redeemed for a reward. This could be an animal, fuel, coins and XP, decorations etc.
When you harvest the stables you may get a pony. One is kept for yourself and you can share this among friends if you like. The same thing happens with the dairy farm, when harvested you may get a calf. Ponies and calf's can then be put in the nursery barn where they will grow to become adult cows or horses.
Many of the things in the market cost a lot of FV dollars and really I don't think these are obtainable unless you're willing to actually spend cash on this game. Coins and FV dollars can be purchased via credit card, PayPal ect. A tab at the top of the app allows players to do this.
You can visit you neighbours farms to fertilise their crops, feed the chickens, harvest trees and animals. For doing this you are rewarded with some coins and XP. You may find an egg when feeding the chickens; this can be shared with friends if you wish. You can send your friends gifts such as animals, trees, decorations ect.
This is a fun game but can get a bit addictive and sometimes even competitive. It has millions of players worldwide.
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I have to admit, I have a problem...well, many to be fair but one of them is Farmville and before you continue to read on, heed this warning - you may become compelled to delay appointments, stay up late on a school night and dare I say it, break the speed limit in order to get home to harvest your raspberries. Intrigued? Then you're obviously as dull as I am, so read on sucker...
~~*~~ Facebook ~~*~~
Facebook is a phenomenon. My mother purely joined to play Farmville and now she's hooked on other things too. If you've never encountered Facebook, don't start - hours of perfectly good cleaning time are wasted on it. Basically it's a website whereby you have your own little profile all about you which is available to view by your friends. Onto this you can upload photos, announce your current status, nosey around other people's profiles and, most importantly, play games. Pig has her own profile and currently has over 1500 friends (don't be surprised, if you've ever read any of my reviews you'll know that I'm pretty much obsessed with my chocolate lab). Anyhoo, facebook is the place to play it.
~~*~~ Let's get Plowing Baby ~~*~~
Search for "Farmville" on Facebook, 'Allow' the application and that's pretty much it.
The basic idea of the game is to plant seeds, then wait (anything from 2 hours to 4 days) and then harvest them once they're fully grown. Unfortunately the makers of the wonderful game, Zynga, have introduced many many many more additions to the game that make this more addictive. I know, it sounds crap but please, read on.
When you first start there is a walkthrough tutorial where you learn to plow, plant and then wait... for the first few days, Farmville is pretty pants because you only get a small amount of money to start with so you're limited to what you can achieve, please don't be disheartened, time will pass and you'll be on the edge of your seat waiting for those strawberries. As you progress you get experience points which in turn add to your personal 'level' and the higher the level the more excitement is unlocked. It used to end at level 70, but unfortunately Zynga have increased this so now there's no stopping you.
~~*~~ Money, money, money ~~*~~
The game itself is free - you're given Farmville coins which you spend when you plow, plant and purchase anything and you reap the rewards when you harvest and sell objects. You're also occasionally given Farmville Cash which is a totally different thing - you get 1 Cash for every level you achieve and this entitles you to purchase items that the coins cannot buy - this is where it could potentially get expensive if your children are playing the game and want to beat their friends as real money can be exchanged for the Cash. Personally I think you'd have to be a moron to spend out on a free game but hey-ho, I bet it originated in America so, case closed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odBDAcOEKuI&feature=related
~~*~~ Crops, Tree & Animals, oh my ~~*~~
The crops you plant will have to fit in with your schedule as the game is played in real time - each plant has an allotted time to grow and once it's fully grown, you have the same amount of time to harvest it before it withers and dies, for example: raspberries are ready to harvest in 2 hours and will wither in a further 2 hours thus 4 hours after planting the crops will die. Each crop also has a certain amount of money associated with it - raspberries cost 20 coins to plant one square but will sell for 46 coins - whoop de doo. Bearing in mind, each time you plant, you must first plow a square which costs 10 coins each time so consequently to plant one square of raspberries will cost you 30 coins with a profit of 16. Ok, I'm really not making this interesting but it is, honest. Each crop has a 'mastery' assigned to it and once you've harvested enough, you get a little sign to put on your farm. Trees are pretty much the same as are the animals except they don't wither and die which is nice. Trees can be placed in an orchard which can be harvested once a day to produce money and occasionally seedlings which you must water to grow - these seedlings are ones that cannot be bought as they are hybrids of that which is in the orchard. The same applies to crops in the greenhouse - you can combine 2 to make a new crop which is kind of interesting. The animals each have their own place they can live in groups - the chicken coop produces unusual eggs, the stable gives farmhands and there's a nursery too.
~*~ Alright, if you've made it this far and you're still awake, you're doing well ~*~
I can't explain this addiction. Just writing about it has bored me. Sorry. I'll plow on regardless though...
At the beginning you'll be painstakingly forced to press each square individually but as you progress and collect enough engine parts you'll be able to build a tractor, harvester and eventually a combine harvester enabling you to re-do your farm in a fraction of the time. Each building requires parts to be collected and occasionally friends to help you - it can alienate you from your regular friends when you keep posting on facebook that you need 2 more acorn bushels but that's the price I pay for my addiction. It's possible to play the game without bullying others into playing it too but you won't get all the amazing awards - such as most neighbours, most money spent or most hours wasted (I can't remember what they are as they keep adding new ones but you get the idea). If you would like neighbours, go to the 'Forum' and within it there are many people as desperate as yourself to progress through the levels to the final reward of nothingness.
The addition of Vineyards, Bakerys and some kind of smelly shops means that people can work together to get the ingredients they need to produce goods at the collective market which is pretty ingenious. At the moment there's a valentine's theme still running through Farmville - time is always limited on these things and apparently most of my neighbours have more valentines gifts than me but on this particular theme I couldn't give a monkeys. I did however have a wonderful haunted house. Yep. I don't get out much. If, however, I was ever invited somewhere in the real world, I can always harvest and plant on my i-phone where there's also exclusive animals to purchase. Nice. One tip in particular, if you are interested, is that the music is painful - turn it off and farm in peace. Sadly I find it quite therapeutic to sit quietly and can easily waste hours re-designing the layout of my farm to fit in something I really don't need. The graphics aren't that bad considering the details required although a slow internet connection makes it a pretty annoying game as do the bugs that ensue every time a new exciting element is introduced.
~*~ I think I've said enough - I've depressed myself ~*~
It's not rocket science, it's a dull game on face value but Zynga are always bringing something new into the equation and this means you'll never complete it. Due to the competitive nature within me I love the fact that I have more masteries than most my real friends and lots of unusual animals floating around the place. I've realised whilst writing this that I've been playing it for nearly 3 years and Pig's been doing it for 2 so for longevity value it's better than any of my xbox/wii games and don't forget, it's free. I like the fact that it's a game you can dip into at any time and even if you do leave it for 3 months, I guarantee once you've plowed you'll be back.
Caroline & Pig
Both sowing their seeds.
Review will appear elsewhere, probably.
The Farmville game simulates farm life, in the aspect that you have to plant, grow and then harvest your crops, as well as raise livestock. Surprisingly, one of Facebooks most popular games is still in beta (or testing) phase. Farmville the quite elaborate RTC (real- time computing), game developed by Zynga is available as an application for one of the worlds most popular social networking sites, Facebook.
Since Zynga, the game's maker, considers Farmville to be in its beta phase the game's players are considered to be testers. All 82+ million of them! There has been a "scare" back in February of 2010 that Farmville will be exiting its beta phase and start charging a monthly subscription to play the game. Thankfully, for many of it's fans, this has proven to be nothing more than a rumor. Farmville is still free to use, with the exception of buying Farmville coins from Zynga.
These coins are used to buy anything from seeds, animals, trees, buildings, land as well as vehicles. You can then grow, harvest and otherwise utilize these to re-sell them and profit by earning even more Farmville coins. The seeds, for instance, are always bought for less than the set price of the crops you will sell. Different crops grow at different rates, anywhere from two hours up to four days. Unless you apply the un-wither feature, you have twice the growth time to harvest your crops. So for instance, say your watermelons take four days to grow, you will have eight days(from the time you planted the seed) to collect them before they start withering and dying. If you let them die then the whole process was useless and must be repeated, from re-plowing, to planting the seeds and growing your watermelons all over again.
Farmville gives its users ribbons which represent the different levels of achievement. These start with yellow, for completing a simple version of the task and then move on through white, then red, and blue for completing the raised difficulty of the completed tasks. Currently there are around 30 tasks which players can complete for a total of about 124 ribbons. Other than looking nifty these ribbons come with rewards. The rewards range from extra Farmville coins, special items, experience bonuses and so on.
As is often done in real life farming, the Farmville game utilizes social networking aspect of Facebook. The players can ask other users for help with their farm. Visiting other farms can benefit both users from earning money, to experience, to getting the needed help. The gifts users receive from each other are usually quite pricey if bought through the marketplace so gift giving can be great help to those in need.
As of recently (April 2010) Zynga has introduced a new set of tasks, for users level 20 or higher, these tasks cannot be completed by individual players. Instead they are done through co-op farming, by users joining forces to complete tasks. The teams will get bronze, silver, and gold medals, as well as extra goodies for the wining team.
All of its features, social networking components as well as popularity make Farmville the one best farming games on Facebook.
I used to have a big obession with farmville! I used to go it every day every time I went on facebook! When I first played this game, i was worried that it was going to be similiar to another facebook application named 'farm town.' (yes, i did have the application to farm town but then I got bored of it and moved on to farmville which is so much better than farm town! Farmville, you can create your own character either give your real name or some made up crazy name! Ever wanted to be a farmer but don't have the money? Here, on farmville it's internet friendly and it's free! You can invite your facebook friends to this application and you can work on their farms too! It's great fun and you can help update/tidy their farms even if they go on it every day or every now and then. On farmville, you can create your own farm and grow lots of fruits/plants/vegatables including: tomatoes, corn, wheat, grapes, apples, oranges, potatoes, sweet corn and many more! Every time you plow your seeds you earn points and money so you can make your farm bigger and better - however to unlock some vegatables, corn, fruit you need points - this is also the same if you want animals, buildings, tractors, plower and the extention size of the farm. You can also get points when you're collecting milk, eggs, feathers from your animals. However, this may take up to two to three days - but it's good if you don't think you'll use farmville that much. The higher your level on farm work is the bigger and better you're farm will be! Try it you may like, you may have an obbession with it or you may hate it so much that farmville is a waste of time. (I got bored of farmville - I never play it any more!) Everyone is intitled to their own opinion.
Facebook is an addiction in itself, but when they add applications such as Farmville, it becomes even more of an addiction. I first joined Farmville after being told a number of times how good it is, and when I joined I had to agree. Users have to work their way through a number of levels where different crops, animals and buildings become available.
Farmville allows facebook users to add their friends to become neighbours, so they can send animals such as pigs, cows and festive animals such as rabbits or easter eggs, along with other farm equipment to each other, such as parts of barns so players can build buildings. For this the person is rewarded with extra points to help them get to a higher level.
Farmville is good for users with a fast broadband connection, but if you have problems because of where you live and the signal strength varies, Farmville can be inconsistent in its loading speed. Because of the problems I have had, even though the application is addictive, I tend to have given up with it because I don't like waiting for it to load. Also, players can purchase cash using their money. This allows very competative user beat their neighbours.
It is good in a way that crops can be left alone for up to three days and thye continue to grow. This means players do not have to have it loaded all the time to play it.
Overall, the application is a good way to spend spare time competing against friends to see who can get to the highest level. I would recommend it to anyone that spends a lot of time on the internet.
I joined this app when a friend suggested that we should be neighbours and I should not have done that... it addictive! Basically the aim of the game is to increase your famer status/level until you are a like 'top farmer' (or something of equal value....).
It is really simple to play, you get your own plot of and and you grow seeds and plants..etc and then you sell them to make money and increase your level. You also get to create your own little character in the game and you can add your friends on facebook as your neighbours, and the more neighbours you have you get certain awards.
And you can send messages to your friends or other people from around the world who are also using the application. You can send presents and gifts and also seasonal gifts to your farmvillie friends - a cheap birthday present idea!
There are also seasonal day/weeks for example at christmas you could send candy canes to your friends and at easter you could send...eggs. And your friends can interact with your farm and tidy it up for you if your away. And you can own farm animals too!
I like this application although it is like a black hole for revision time! It is really colourful and interactive and social and easy to play.
*Colourful game play
*I can now own a sheep, a cow and a pig, without the neighbours complaining!
*Socialize with friends and send them presents and gifts
*Talk to people from around the world - just don't be silly
*Add your friends and neighbours and become the envy of the farm yard!
*A black hole for time
*Addictive even though it is actually a bit boring
*Pointless and time consuming
Thank you for reading my review
Farmville is an internet browser/flash game produced by a company
called Zynga. You can access it from within Facebook, and its also available at www.farmville.com but you still need a Facebook account.
In the game you are a farmer where you start with a small plot of land. The idea is that you work on this plot of land by ploughing, sowing seeds and harvesting crops which you earn money and points for. Then with the money you earn you visit 'the market' and buy more things to improve your farm, like animals, trees, vehicles or buildings like farmhouses, the list is pretty vast.The general idea is to create as good a farm as you can.
Farmville has cartoon style graphics, great sound effects and an easy to use interface which all in all give this game a good feel. It's really easy to get into and in no time you are farming away, The only problem is, is that it sometimes takes a while to load up and the more complicated your farm becomes the slower the game performs.
Farmville is initially one of the most addictive games you are every likely to play. After you visit the market to buy your seeds and then sow them, you have to wait a certain amount of time before they are fully grown and ready to harvest and depending on the type of seeds you buy this can take anywhere between 2 hours and 3 days of real time. And that's what makes it so addictive, because it very cleverly taps into that nurturing instinct we all have. For example if you bought some strawberry seeds which take 2 hours (real time) to grow, I guarantee you will be on your farm in 2 hours to see if they are ready, or lets say you planted some seeds which take 2 days to grow, nothing will stop you returning in two days time to bring your babies in.
Let me tell you how addictive it is... when I first started playing, one day I was visiting a friend, and while we were chatting I was looking over her shoulder at the clock behind her because I knew that at 4pm my crop of Soya beans were going to be ready. Now that's sad! But true and I reckon that every other player has done something similar. It goes beyond addiction!
It's not all about growing crops though - it's about making money and buying things to improve your farm. You can buy animals like pigs and sheep and you can buy all kinds of varieties of trees, all of which will earn you money after a set period of time, like for example after a few days the sheep will be ready for shearing so you make money per sheep that way, and the trees will yield fruit which you will harvest and make money.
As the game progresses more things become available in the market, and after a while ( hundreds of hours ) you will have built yourself a wonderful farm, with well stocked animal pens, orchards and grand farmhouses. Eventually your farm will end up more like an estate by the time you are finished.
Zynga games are designed to get your friends involved so you have the option of making your Facebook friends your farm neighbours and you can click on these neighbours and visit their farm, you get extra points and cash for doing this and it's also fun to see what kind of farm your mates have got. Believe me I have seen some fantastic farms where people have put some serious time into them.
Now here, comes the catch, after you have spent many, many hours building your dream farm after harvesting tons of different varieties of fruit and vegetables etc, you suddenly hit this point where you realise there isn't much point in carrying on. Out of my thirteen farm neighbours ten or so farms have long been abandoned, fantastic farms just eerily deserted, with animals crying in their pens overlooking acres of rotting crops - it's a shame really.
Whilst this game initially gets you hooked, I think Zynga failed to build something into the game to keep people interested, they seem to be relying on the fact that new and more interesting things gradually become available to buy from the market, but it's just not enough. And I have to admit that I only play these days to try and get a higher score than my remaining neighbours.
But I am still going to recommend this game - if nothing else just for people to see what all the fuss is about. But I wouldn't recommend you spend an awful lot of time building up a great farm, because you might regret the time you spent.
Farmville is a game on facebook made by Zynga. If you are a member of facebook then you must of heard of farmville - a lot of people play it. It can often get annoying as it takes up a lot of the news feed and also you get lots of invitations for gifts and neighbour requests.
I started playing it about 6 months ago when it was first startin to became "big". Basically you have a patch of land and you can grow fruit and vegetables to earn coins. Each crop grows for a different period of time and you have to come back to it to harvest it. Crops can take any time between minutes and days(real time). If you come back too late however, your plant will have "withered" and you will recieve no coins. You can also buy trees which take slightly longer to ripen and you don't earn quite as many coins however the tree will last forever. Also you can buy animals and get coins from them.
On farmville you can have your friends who also play the game as neighbours, this makes the game more competitive as you always want to be number 1. You can send gifts to each other such as trees and animals, and can also earn coins by helping out on each other's farms.
The thing about farmille is that it is very addictive. You have to keep going back and back to check on your crops. As you progress through the levels though the time taken to reach the next one will become longer and longer which can become quite frustrating. After about 3 months I was beginning to get bored as it is quite repetitive. I decided to give up.
Now looking back I regret all the time I wasted playing on this pointless game but ohwell - it was fun at the time.
Facebook is one of those sites which I visit almost daily. Publishing stupid results of applications and pictures, commenting on them, knowing what's happening with my friends and all that stuff has become part of my daily routine. But I did not know how and when I became addicted to one of that Facebook Application- Farmville.
So how it started?
From many days I was receiving requests from my friends to become neighbor in Farmville in which one can grow fruits and vegetables on their own farm. Daily Farmville seemed to take up a lot of space and posts on my facebook. As I was not having interesting in playing games on Facebook, I just ignored all requests. But all of my friends were crazy about it. They started blackmailing me, begging me to join just for them and other silly reasons. So I thought to give it a try and to see actually what this thing really is..
~~What it is?~~
Farmville is an insanely popular game on Facebook. This game is developed by Zynga. It is in real time i.e. Farmville day consists of 24 hours. The interface is quite interesting with its comic type graphics and music (that plays in the background, but can be switched off if not needed). It has got zoom out, zoom in and fullscreen features too. A camera is also there to take pictures of own farm or neighbor's farm that you can publish on wall of Facebook to show your friends. Nowadays, you can get onto Farmville without even visiting Facebook - www.farmville.com. Entering Farmville through that address gives you access to items and gifts you cannot obtain through the Facebook portal.
So the basic concepts are growing crops, harvesting them, ploughing the plots, and again grow. Earning XP and leveling up make you able to earn coins with which you can purchase new things from the market and decorate your own farm
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Finally I started using the application. It used to get loaded in couple of second but now it consumes lots of minutes to start. The moment one joins it, a simple tutorial runs to explain all about it.
~~Basic Concept/ Demo~~
Firstly you have to customize your farmer by changing clothes, complexion of face, hairs and gender. And then farming starts...
There are already six little plots of each phase - two for fully grown, two for half grown, and two for nothing grown.
In fully grown, eggplants and strawberries are completely grown but needs to harvest. So tutorial tells how it can get harvested with the help of harvest tool in tool box. In half grown plot, soybeans are still growing, showing how much percent of it been grown. And nothing grown plot need to plough and get planted by ploughing tool in the tool box. Plough tool can also be use for adding new plot in your farm too.
So now the whole farm is your, You are the Farmer and can do whatever you want to..
As you earn more coins in return of harvesting the crops, the more costly seeds and decoration item you can buy from the market. The market provides a wide range of things like Seed, Animals, Buildings, Vehicles, Decorations, Upgrade farm. All crops and animals have their different costs and period of time on which one can buy them and harvest them respectively. Vehicles are somewhat good thing introduced in farm, with the help of which one can plough, seed, and harvest 4 plots in one go. But the bad part of vehicles is that they consume fuel. And fuel is available by Farm cash only or if somebody gifts you a small can of it. Apart from these there are building for animals like Dairy Farm, Chicken Coop, Horse Stable and buildings for decoration like cottages, Barn, Villa, Farmhouse, School and library etc. These are good things to buy from the market to decorate the farm. But to give the farm a real look, the decorations items provides you all for it like pond, lake, hay bales, Light post, windmill. To protect your animals from wandering, different color of hedges and fences are available to use. These items can cost a lot so the more coins you get from planting crops the better your farm will look.
~~Neighbors or Friends~~
You can easily add neighbors by sending requests to your friends. And then your neighbors will show up along the bottom of your screen so you can see what level they are on. Neighbors can help on your farm in fertilizing your crops and feeding chicken coops to gain coins and XP as well as you can do the same for them. Neighbors are also useful in extending the farm. As all upgradation of farm is available in farm cash you cant buy by it because you can get 1 up per level in farm cash only which is insufficient to buy, so you have to add neighbors to unlock and convert them in coins. The more neighbor you will have, the more you can extend your farm. You and your friends can publish some lonely animal (like pink cow, penguins, turtles, spotted pigs) wandering onto your farm to get them adopted. If you find any on your farm, then your friends are able to adopt and if they finds then only you can adopt them until or unless somebody adopts it before you.
When some occasion is on the way like Christmas, Valentines day, Halloween, Easter, a limited range of gifts gets included in the market(in which mostly are available in Farmcash). Some mystery gift comes out in free gifts to send your neighbors and to receive from them too. And these mystery gifts have those things which normally cost a lot. Sometimes a particular thing is given to you, like in Christmas time- a Christmas tree or in Valentines Day - A Mailbox, to collect some gifts sent to you by your friends. On a scale of 10, 20, 30 gifts you can redeem a gift of that particular scale which gets highlighted after reaching that scale.
On accomplishing every level, you feel a sense of achievement when you get a ribbon or when you increase the size of your farm. These ribbons are the rewards that you can get if you help neighbors so many times or harvest crops well on time. If you harvest a single crop many times, you can get a sign board of particular crop showing your mastery in it. These are great and a sure fire way to get you up to higher levels. There are 4 levels for each ribbon category so the higher the colors the more coins gained. The ribbon chart always tells you how many more things you have to do to get to the next ribbon. An example is the decorations ribbon where you need to have so many decorational items to get the first ribbon.
Nowadays Zynga has included one more attribute of doing 'JOBS'. There is a list of jobs below at the right corner of the screen. All jobs have specific period of completion like if your job is of growing grapes to turn into dye, so you have to grow and harvest some amount of grapes to complete in exact 2days to get the gold reward (again these rewards are those that can buy by farmcash only), if you takes more time to complete you will get silver and then bronze. If you complete the job inside 2 days only then you will get the reward plus XP and coins, otherwise you will earn some XP and coins only. You can ask your neighbors to cooperate with you by giving you a hand in the job.
~~Farm Cash or Zynga Cash~~
New things will always keep on attracting you in the farm but when you will go to buy it, most of the times you will see them available in farm cash. You can get Farmcash at a rate of 1 'dollar' per level. So if you really sensible and choose to spend real money on this game, then those items will be available otherwise not. Basically to get more Farmcash you have to pay zynga in real currency.
Sometimes I wonder people who choose to buy farmcash with the real money, how much Zynga must be earning with these small virtual things? Zynga must be doing very well out of Farmville and its other Facebook applications. They are almost bound to profit. The development costs of its application are probably not so huge but earning must be a lot. Furthermore, all their games work in a similar fashion, so once they've developed one, they've pretty much got the lot, with only a few applications running on Facebook like Fishville, Yoville, Petville and so on.
In the end
As it's a time based game, you have to keep checking in rather periodically to harvest your crops, depending on what you have planted. I was kind of pathetically addicted to it. It was becoming gradually more popular with some of my other friends that I don't even really keep much contact with. It was actually kind of odd. I have added many people to whom I never met, nor will, simply to increase my neighbors. I stopped playing because it was so annoying when I spent many hours in managing the whole farm and after finding that my game is out of sync with the server and I have to do everything again. This game is so Buggy, sometimes it irritated me like hell.
Like all other I was getting addictive too. There are good addictions, and then there are bad addictions. Farmville was used to be my good addiction when I just started developing my farm but it became bad when I started spending lots of hours on it without even realizing that I have spent so many hours. It can be fun when you just do a little bit at a time. But it never keeps you on doing little things only, it fascinates you all the time to do more and more and get addicted to it.
One more thing that frustrated me was the mails (that I forcefully accepted to get) from Farmville regarding friend requests, grown crops, new limited addition and all. It used to take half of my mailbox filled with all that junk.
Even when I stopped playing, my friends' post on new things in Farmville still enamoring me to continue on farm just to check what that new thing has arrived. Again and again it was captivating me. But I just wanted to avoid it any how.
So Finally I have to block this on my Facebook profile, as it was getting on my nerves so much even after stopping!
I never liked this game to start with, as unlike cafe world on facebook, there are no instructions of what to do. The first four or five things you do on the game a pop-up box will tell you how to do it. As with any game, you start off with hardly any money, and as you get further into the game you earn more money and medals. You have to pay to increase the size of your farm-but can make the farm exactly how you want!
I'm now on level 27 and have got quite a few neighbours-which means I can get more points and freebies from them! If you check on your friends profile pages and they have clicked to share their bonus points or give away animals which they have found on their farm then you can earn extra money and points that way.
The more money you earn on this game, the more land I would advise you to buy as you will make the money back when you plant seeds. I always plant seeds which make me the most money so that I can double and triple my money.
It can be quite time consuming visiting other peoples farms and fertilising their crops, but you will soon reap the rewards.
There aren't many games you can get all your friends involved in at once-so I think the idea of farmville is great!
For a couple of weeks I was clicking on each plant of land individually to plant seeds etc-until I realised that i could buy a tractor etc for £30,000 each. The tractor will plow up to four plots at once, the seeder will seed four plots and the harvester will harvest them when the final product is ready. When you reach level 20, you can work with your friends to complete jobs, earning you far more points, coins and prizes.
I send my friends lots of gifts because they send me them back. The gifts are free to send and allow you and your friends to build up your farm. You need to look after the animals-but if you purchase farmhands then they will do this for you, all at the click of one button. The best time to use farmhands is when you have lots of animals to sort out at once, as once you have clicked to use them then you cannot use them again. The same applies for your trees when they need harvesting-except for this you require an arbatorist.
At the moment you can send your friends spring eggs-and ask them to send you them back. These eggs are also redeemable for prizes. If any of your friends send you an egg request then accept it because you will then be rewarded with your choice of coins, fuel (for your tractor, harvester etc).
I've found that unlike other games you can sened your friends free gifts up to three times a day-once in the morning, in the afternoon and then at night time.
Increasing the size of chicken coops is done by publishing that you need help to do it. Then everytime your friends click on your profile and say that they want to help you, that counts towards your coop being increased. Normally you require ten friends to help you.
I have no interest in farming whatsoever-but I still find this game really enjoyable. I do find it annoying though if you plant seeds and they have withered when you go back to them-so when you plant them, plant seeds that will harvest around the time you go back to your computer. Withered crops still needs to be plowed-so will waste lots of your money for nothing.
Due to the level of interest in farmville, sometimes it can run quite slowly or crash-farmville always keep you updated with changes to improve the running of the game though.
I don't think FarmVille needs much of an explanation for most people, even if you have not played it I am sure you'll be aware of it from the media, but for those who have lived on planet mars for the past year, here is what Farmville is.
Farmville is an application (or game) on social networking site, Facebook which has taken the world by storm. The game basically gives you a plot of land and as the name suggests this is a farm. You then have to create the farm & build it up to be the biggest & best farm out there.
The game is a virtual simulation game, you could say a bit like the popular Sims game. You build your farm by plowing fleeds, planting & harvesting crops & trees and raising livestock like pigs, cows, horses & sheep. You can harvest tons of different crops & plants, you pay for seeds to plant using your game points, each one takes differing lengths to grow but most stuff would require you to come back, meaning the game can get very addictive. You can also keep animals which you can then use to make more cash (and points), by selling their stuff for example selling the wool from the sheep you bring up.
I found the game boring the first time I played it, I went on out of curiosity about what all the fuss was about, thought this is just lame, but then I thought I would go back a 2nd time, harvest my crops, from that time I fell in love with this game, it's now become a daily obsession, literally you will find me on it every single day making sure my seeds are planted & my crops are harvested, keeping my sheep & cows etc and making it look nice.
You can decorate your farm however you like, I have about 30 or so friends on the site and some of their farms look wicked. You can visit your friends farms & gain coins for helping them or by fertilizing their crops & feeding their chickens this makes it easy to earn new coins. You also can find fuel by fertilizing friends crops, fuel is used to work your farm machinery (tractor for plowing, harvester to harvest crops & seeder to plant seeds) these items make it much easier & quicker once your farm grows in size as you can use coins to buy expansions.
I find the game very diverse with new things been added all the time, I think this is important to keep the game fresh & exciting... and very addictive. All you got to do is search for Farmville as an image search on google and you can see what people can make of their farms, you start off with a big green square (as grass) and you literally build from scratch. It can be quite fun & when you get going & building, it starts to look like a big archievement. You go up levels as you progress so its good as you try to get higher & higher levels, which then also unlocks additional items in the shop for you to buy & build your farm.
It's so simple to play, some of my friends are not the most technological but they find it so simple. It's all self explanatory, you simply click & play, just load it up and try & test things, I didn't look at any instructions or ask anybody how to play, and although I am quite technological the game is so easy anybody can pick it up but IF you did have trouble theres help guides & instructions available just search google but I am telling you even the stupidest of people will get it.
I don't think much of the sounds, I always have them on mute and would recommend the same as it gives you a headache.
I will warn you though, if your not a player already, don't even try it unless you want to get addicted, I didn't like it the first time I seen it but then got hooked, I now spend my evenings on this and a few of the others like it, infact I am sat on Farmville as I write this, just planted some seeds for some wheat & collected wool, milk & eggs off my animals and now must get back to it.
If you like simulation games, which are addicted & fun, Farmville comes highly recommended not just by me but my 30 or so friends who play it, plus the millions of others who do it nightly aswell.
Ok, I admit it. I am a Farmville addict.
Well an ex Farmville addict. I have kicked the habit but for some reason I can't bring myself to delete all my hard work, so my farm is currently sitting dormant, just incase I fancy going back.
For all of you that have no idea what I'm going on about, Farmville is a Facebook application. The idea behind the game is you are in charge of running your own farm. You start off with a basic sized plot upon which you plant crops, harvesting them when they are fully grown. This can be hours or days later, depending on which crop you have planted. The more crops you plant, the more money and experience points you earn meaning you can grow the size of your farm and level up giving a wider choice of crops to plant.
So, pretty simple so far. Alongside planting crops you can also buy different farming equipment which makes the planting/harvesting quicker. You can also decorate your farm, build houses and barns and collect farm animals. The animals then give you money every day after you have milked them, collected eggs etc.
The other thing you can do to make money is by planting trees. Each type of tree takes a different amount to time to bear fruit. The fruit is then harvested earning money.
A lot of items are received as gifts from friends but you can buy them if you particularly want something.
In the beginning, I played this game daily and I found it really addictive. After a couple of months though it lost it's appeal. I found it to be very slow and tedious and there was nothing new to do apart from rearrange my farm every few days. The whole game is a bit on the slow side, it took a while to load and would often get in a loop and have to be refreshed often.
So, I've completely given up on Farmville, but I've kept my farm dormant just incase I ever feel the urge to play again. It's looking pretty doubtful right now though.