Family Farm Review
I know what your thinking, kiddie farm game. I know the title just screams it, but it’s really not. Family Farm by Hammerware is a surprisingly fun farm simulation for the PC published by Iceburg Interactive. This isn’t like Sim Farm where everything was horrendously serious and complicated though. This has more the feel of The Sims if it was played on a farm instead of a house.
When you start this game you set up a profile and as you play you gain experience that increases your game rank and allows you access to more variety as well as more difficult stages. The game is divided into Story modes and a Custom Mode. Story mode is 10 preset scenarios; 4 easy, 3 medium and 3 hard. Within each story you have a goal to complete the story, as well as a harder goal to earn a gold trophy. Each year there will be a simple goal to complete that helps you earn extra cash and experience to your rank. Not to mention that everything you do helps to increase your rank.
Custom Mode, allows you to set up a free mode of your own choosing to do whatever you please using whatever you have already unlocked. You set the time limit, the house, the map, and family size and you’re ready to start your game. One of the nice things about Custom Mode is once you’ve unlocked the first house and map at rank 5 you can use custom mode to increase your rank more if you don’t feel like playing any scenarios. Allowing you to test out the various plants and animals on your farm to see methods to make money faster all the while increasing your rank to allow for the use of other aspects in the scenarios without the pressure of a goal to accomplish within in a set time. A relaxing change of pace.
I’ve played the heck out of this game, and found that it balances the weight of a farm simulation game and a relaxing game well. Even in the story modes you may feel a little pressure to beat the scenario to get the gold Trophy or just the satisfaction of beating the scenario, but it never feels overwhelming. I found this a refreshing aspect to the game. While this game features a nice set of aspects as well. Such as raising a family, characters who grow in skill individually based on the tasks you set before them. Not to mention the ability to hire on extra hands when you need to accomplish more than your family can do on it’s own. It allows you to take out a loan, but as you start receiving money back it goes straight into paying off your debt.
In this game you won’t be worrying about buying new equipment for your farms. It’s more about having a functional and happy family running the farm. Push them to hard and they will get tired wait to long to get food ready and they will work slower. Increase your house size to allow your family to have a baby who will eventually join the rest of the family in maintaining the farm. Plant flowers and place decorations around the farm land to increase the moral of the hired help as well as the family. This does help increase their productivity. The game has a lot of little things you can do and it can be important to use the right family member to do certain tasks to be more affective.
The game allows you to zoom out for a wider view or in so you can get a good look at the family as they work. As the farm expands I found myself rarely zooming in since I had so many hands, both family and hired that I needed to keep moving. Sadly they don’t just go and do the next nearest job when they complete one. They instead will sit down and relax or if they are close enough to food they will go and eat if they are hungry.
With all this game has to offer and the hours of playtime, I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5. It’s not a five, but I think any gamer of any age can enjoy this game to some degree. It’s worth looking into and I am glad I played it. This is just one of those games you know you will come back to again and again when you want a little lighthearted fun.
Final Score: 4.5/5