Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Farm Heroes is a classic arcade-style game. Players drag back a slingshot with an animal in it as ammo to launch it towards hovering enemies. An indicator displays what percentage of enemies has been destroyed and 90% of all the enemies have to be destroyed to win. The only controls are tapping and dragging the slingshot, and the direction and length of the drag is what determines in what direction and how far the animal will be launched. Animals do bounce off the sides of the screen and the top, so ricochets are possible. When an animal hits enemies, which are beavers, they explode or do damage some other way. The animals that are ammo vary in appearance and effect. Players start out shooting pigs that explode. Later on cows with bombs are introduced that are drops bombs by triple tapping.
The difficulty in Farm Heroes comes from the fact that the amount of ammo (animals) to launch is limited and sometimes the remnants of enemies will be left that are incredibly small and far apart, which makes it almost impossible to get 100% of the enemies destroyed. Also, those very small pieces might be blocking easy access to bigger pieces of the enemy. Sometimes the enemies are so giant, it’s a puzzle to figure out how to destroy it with the limited ammo available.
The structures the enemies are hovering in are a little bizarre. There is a floating banjo and a wooden barrel that is floating because of inflated bubble gum, to just name two. They’re interesting and unique, but prettystrange. The only flaw I encountered was that one time when I freed a captive cow for its cage, no animal jumped in the slingshot. This minor bug made me have to restart the level. When I replayed the level, the same problem didn’t occur.
Farm Heroes is a casual arcade game with simple and fun gameplay. There isn’t much to the game besides launching animals at enemies, but I liked Farm Heroes for its straightforward controls and lack of fancy frills that don’t add to the game. All of the different enemies and level components kept it interesting and considering it’s free, I would definitely recommend downloading it to try it out.