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FarmLand Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on September 27, 2009


FarmLand
  • Publisher: iMouse
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Released: 26 Sep, 2009
  • Size: 20.6 MB
  • Price: $0.99
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Rating

PROS

  • Different genre setting.
  • Tied in puzzle elements like limited resources.

CONS

  • Fairly basic challenge
  • Mini-games have control issues.

VERDICT

There are certainly worse examples on offer for time management and as far as location settings go, seeing a game that's not set in a cooking or relaxation environment is a nice change. Fans of the genre might enjoy the level challenges over the standard increased pace/complexity others tend to use.


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It's hard to stand out amongst the crowd of time management games on the iPhone, so combining popular gameplay with a relatively new setting is a great way to do this. FarmLand by iMouse isn't the best time management game available, but its unique mixture of puzzles make each level interesting to play.

Like most standard games in the genre, your main course of action during a level is to click objects to continue the chain of action on screen. Your goal is to take the plots of land on each level and attempt to meet certain goals, from selling raw goods to manufacturing retail products. At times it's easy to mis-click, which can spell disaster for quick completion times, but it's otherwise an immediately responsive interface.

The game uses a very clean cartoony style, with minimalist animations to add a small amount of variety instead of just a simple bar or circular timer. There is some frustration in the mini-games as you're forced to use items that are oriented in specific ways or worse still, refuse to drag correctly, but they can be practiced outside the main game once you unlock them.

FarmLand may be a fairly basic time-management game, but it tries to add challenges to each level to keep gameplay interesting. The use of upgrades is still a key necessity to succeed, but as each level differs in its goals you might be better off saving until you know what you need to win. This is a great entry level game, but not a stellar example of the genre.

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