Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone
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I have a fantasy that when I retire, my husband and I will move to a farm and raise chickens, pigs, alpacas, peacocks, and border collies, to name a few. Oh yeah, and we’ll have an entirely organic supply of freshly picked microgreens for the purpose of making lavish yet simple and artful meals. Right now, I have to work at a desk and can only dream about plowing the fields and cultivating the garden. So, Farm It! Seasons is a nice escape, complete with cartoon chickens, dogs, and skunks, to name a few.
The interface of the game is navigable and pleasing to the eye. I even found myself bopping my head to the hoe-down farm music that accompanied the game. Farm It! Seasons is clever and winks at itself in a casual, playful, and even snarky way without becoming hipster-doofus. It provides clear information on the various animals the player will encounter on the farm, and it is also good at providing pop-up hints and clues as to how to improve chances of being successful. I scored point values easily and understood the concept and object pretty much right away.
Farm It! Seasons is equipped with a tutorial, which was helpful as I nurtured my hens to lay eggs by tapping twice on the screen. Colorful and changing emoticons indicated the mood of the hens, and the game should also be easily understood and enjoyed by grade school children and their families. ATTENTION ALL PARENTS: Roosters and hens jumping rope together and sharing earthworms are visual euphemisms for procreation. . . just so you know. In other words, these roosters like their hens barefoot and pregnant pretty much all the time.
As I played around with the game, I discovered that, upon repeated play, I was able to unlock features, such as different farm settings in Europe and other countries as well as changing seasons, hence the title. I could see where these features would be enjoyable and fun to explore. Overall the look and interface of the game appealed to me. I certainly see the potential to interact with family, particularly children. The game is repetitive by its very nature, so young children may lose interest or be unable to understand Farm It! Seasons conceptually. For me, it provided mindless fun that only furthered my fantasies of buying a farm before I, um, buy the farm.