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My Farm

 

 

SCORE: 74

My Farm 

 

When it was brought to my attention that My Farm was coming over to the iOS platform (iPhone and iPad), I was all over it. We loved this franchise on the Wii U. It was a blast to play on the Wii U. So it was my hope that My Farm would be just as awesome on the touch screen only hand held. I will get into more of that as this review goes along. The graphics look similar, albeit a bit scaled down in this version.

I was not expecting the controls to be such a pain in My Farm. Take for example feeding an animal. Tap a menu screen at the bottom (the chefs hat), tap and drag the correct food over to the animal. Let that sink in for a minute. Can you find the fundamental flaw in this design? I found it the first time. Your finger may not be on the top of the animal. Or the game may not register it. Which means you miss feeding them. When you have one animal it is no problem trying a second time.

What became a problem in My Farm is when the animals became randomly sick. I got irritated trying to save their lives because the game was not registering the medicine on their bodies. Or my big finger blocked too much of the screen to see if I was over the animal. Either way it led to failures which led to frustration. Thankfully I have played enough of the My Farm games to know not to over extend myself. Grow your farm and animals slowly.

The music in My Farm is fantastic, fresh, and fun. I enjoy hearing the different animal sounds while playing My Farm on the iPhone and iPad. My Farm is selling for $2.99 which is a very fair price for a downloadable only hand held video game. The neighbors can offer helpful advice in My Farm. They can also be a bit of a nuisance when something is not working. Speaking of annoyances in My Farm, have fun scrolling through all of the items for purchase.

I am going to give away an idea that has an one hundred thousand dollar value to it. If I had designed My Farm I would have had players tap on an animal to feed them, clean them, and give them medicine. That change to the design would have made My Farm on the iPad and iPhone so much better, and easier to play. Maybe I should start my own video game consulting company to help make games better. What do you think?

I still like My Farm. I just like it better on the Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U. The controls are what get in the way of the iPad and iPhone version. The sounds, taking care of animals, leaving the city for the farm, and more are still present. I hope to see sequels to this franchise. Hopefully with a better control scheme and design. Time will tell.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 75%
Sound: 85%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 50%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: iPad/iPhone
Publisher: Microids
Developer: BiP Media
Rating: ‘4+’ for 4+
Company provided product
Value/Cost of the review is greater than value/cost of provided product

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