Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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As someone with a huge soft spot for story-led time management games, the release of Farm Mania HD rather excited me. While it didn't hook me quite as much as my previous love, Supermarket Mania HD, I was still pleasantly surprised by what I saw.
The storyline focuses on the tale of Anna who sets out to rebuild her Grandfather's old farm. Inevitably the story isn't a huge deal, much like with many other time management games, but at least it offers something that can be related to. 60 levels are on offer here, each gradually introducing a new concept to the arsenal.
Typical time management tropes exist here with players having to juggle numerous different tasks at once ranging from feeding livestock to growing vegetables. Later levels even introduce the need to cook food and make clothing. It's a varied bunch and serves the game well, keeping things consistently interesting for the player. Particularly fun is breeding animals such as sheep or chickens in order to complete an objective. Each level comes with a series of objectives to achieve such as to grow a set number of vegetables within the time limit.
Interspersed throughout these main levels are a selection of hidden object games offering games such as finding all the hidden sheep amongst a perilous bunch of wolves. Further variation is offered through the ability to purchase upgrades at regular intervals thus making progression that bit simpler.
For the more casual gamer, there's also the option of playing Farm Mania HD in Casual mode thus bypassing the increasingly challenging timer that lingers around the Arcade mode.
For the casual time management fan, this is an ideal purchase. It's quite inexpensive for what it offers and as compelling as many others. Being able to breed animals is a particular delight and the whole thing feels relaxed yet gripping. It's a fine conversion of a popular PC hit.