April 5, 2021 at 8:55 am #4770Roland WaddiloveKeymaster
Farm City is a cross between a farming sim, a city builder and a tycoon style game and it is free on the iPhone and Android phones. If you don’t mind a few ads that is. You don’t have to watch them, but you get extras if you do.
There is some city building involved and there is a wide variety of buildings available. There are many types of houses with different shapes and sizes. There are various factories that produce goods from animal feed to clothing. There is a hospital, bank, post office, cinema, police station and so on. Decorative items include flowerbeds, monuments, trees, fountains and the like. Farming land, farm buildings and land is available for your expanding city.
The game is mostly about building supply chains, all of which originate on the farm. For example, you grow crops, which a factory then uses to produce chicken feed. This is then fed to your chickens, who lay eggs. The eggs are used by a bakery to make cookies, bagels and other food items. Customers order these and you must deliver them.
Another supply chain is crops > sheep feed > wool > clothing > customers, and there is crops > cow feed > milk > cheese > customers.
You constantly have to grow various types of crops and make sure you have enough at each stage of the supply chain so that nothing runs out. Some products require several ingredients and you have to keep an eye on how much you are producing of each one, how much is stored and if you have run out of anything and production has halted.
The game starts off very simply and customers are easily pleased. As you progress through the levels, customers demand more complex products with longer supply chains. You have to juggle production and keep an eye on more items and build more factories as you progress up the levels. More factories, farm and other buildings become available as the levels increase.
Deliveries to many customers are via an airship and only take 30 seconds. You can see customers’ orders and what items each one needs. You must then produce them if you don’t have them in stock, which you rarely do.
There is also a port and ships are filled with goods your farm city produces and sent on their way. You must check the ship in port for what type of goods it wants and produce them. Ships return carrying other items, which are often materials that are required for building factories and other things.
Some things happen quickly and wheat grows from seed to harvesting in a couple of minutes. Other crops take longer. Cows take many minutes, longer than you care to wait to produce milk, similarly with chickens laying eggs and sheep growing wool. It’s best to leave the game for an hour or two and come back later.
Some buildings can take many hours, sometimes a day to build. You might also need building materials that come by ship and could take days to arrive. The game has enough quick tasks to keep you busy, but also slow tasks that take a long time. It is the sort of game you play for quarter of an hour several times a day rather than hours in one go.
There are gold coins and green cash, both of which can be used buy game items or speed up processes. You can buy more with real money if you want to progress quickly, or save your money and progress slowly. It is up to you.
I enjoyed it and it is a lot of fun to play. You earn extras for watching ads, so you do have to put up with them if you want to progress, but if you are not in the mood for an ad, you don’t have to watch them.
Farm City is recommended for those that like farming and city building.
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