Game Review by Debbie Winkler
Creator: Kristanix Games
Publisher: iWin, Inc.
# of Players: 1
Target Age Group: 8 and up
Average Game Play: 3 – 8 hours
Type of Game: Time Management
My Rating: 4/5 stars
“Day-to-day life on the farm seems pretty simple: you tend the animals, plant the crops, make goods to sell. But throw a little magic into the mix and things get a whole lot more interesting! The full version of Fantastic Farm features:
- 117 levels across 3 difficulty modes
- A variety of plants, animals and machines to play with
- The potential to earn up to 16 trophies” — Shockwave
This is a fun time management game that is set in the popular farm style. You are responsible for planting crops, watering crops, harvesting crops, feeding animals, and using produce to make finished goods such as sweaters, ice cream and pies to fulfill orders as they come in. The game features a user-friendly point-and-click functionality that makes it easy to line up tasks. You can carry 3 things at a time and I found it simple to chain tasks together and keep my character moving to maximize time. If you right click, it will remove one task that you have asked your character to perform and you can use this feature as many times as you like. Plants die and need to be replanted so you need to buy seeds, equipment, and a few other upgrades that are available in the store. You also get to use spells to cast permanent rainclouds above your crops (no more watering – yeah!), cause all of your crops to magically grow at once, supply all of the animals with a full feed trough and magically create 1 finished good such as a pie. You have to play through some of the game before you can unlock these features, but the spells were helpful halfway through the game.
There was really nothing unique about this game, though it is fun to play. You must play through the story level on regular or story mode before you can unlock free mode or expert play (you play through all of the same levels, but they are more difficult). Just be careful not to click on “play” once you have begun a game – you need to click on “continue.” If you click on “play,” the game will start over at the beginning and wipe out all of your progress. Also, remember that your next day starts with the farm exactly the way you left it so, if you have any time leftover on your timer, it is best to restock all of the animals and machines before you fulfill the last order so that you are ready to go first thing on the next day. I found the game to be pretty manageable/borderline easy on the story mode and did not have to replay any levels to be able to beat the clock. Just remember that the machines take time to make things so it is really important to keep them stocked so that you are ready to fill orders more quickly. Also, you should purchase at least 2 of each animal and 2 of each machine to be able to fill the orders or you will run out of time. Then just sit back and get ready to click away!
This game is appropriate for viewers of all ages, recommended for ages 8 and up to play.