There are so many farming games out there these days that I do worry that Farming Life may struggle to find an audience. This would be a shame as while this is not offering anything massively new to the genre, Farming Life is a solid and fun farming game. It has a really charming and relaxing kind of vibe to it that makes it the perfect game to play when you are in the mood to chill out.
How to Download Farming Life
You can download the game from Steam, Click on the Download button at the end of this review.
The Game Review
The idea of the game is that you are leaving the city life behind you as you move to a farm that needs a great deal of work. It is not the most original way to get you to the farm, but hey, it works! Once you arrive at your farm, you see just how run down it is. It is pretty much a blank canvas for you to create your own dream farm on.
The building aspect of Farming Life is very addictive. You will need to build buildings on your farm such as a silo for example. More will open up to you as you progress through the game and start to make more money. You always feel like you are working towards adding some new building or piece of farming equipment to your farm and that is pretty cool.
As well as this, you have to grow crops and look after animals as well. Here you need to decide how much of your land you want to dedicate to having an area for some animals or a certain type of crop to grow. If you have played any farming game before, you will feel right at home here.
One thing that is pretty interesting in Farming Life is that there is a kind of “Sims” aspect to the gameplay. You need to hire various people to work on your farm and they each have different attributes. Employees will have stats in agriculture, animals, and production. The higher their ratings are the more money they are going to cost you.
What makes this have a kind of “Sims” like feel is that you have to be very hands-on with your employees. You have to actually click on them and tell them what to do. I actually like this; it means that there is always something or someone in the game that needs your attention so it keeps you very busy.
There are quests in the game which is what really serves as the main form of progression in Farming Life. You get quests from people such as the mayor and doing these quests does more than just give you money. For example, doing a quest for the mayor may let you buy more land so that you can expand your farm and as a result make more money in the long term.
The presentation of the game is pretty solid. It is nice, bright, and colorful and it kind of reminds me of a halfway point between The Sims and the My Sims games. It has a pretty fun soundtrack too, but to be honest with you, this is the kind of game that when I play it, I put my own music on while I play.
Overall, I think that Farming Life is a fun farming game. The only problem with the game is that it is not very original and it plays it all very safe. That does not make it bad though, but if you have played a ton of farming games before, you may get bored of this a little quicker than you would like.
- I like the bright style the game has
- It is a game that I found very relaxing to play
- I liked having to micromanage my employees
- It always felt like there was something that needed my attention
- Does this game play things way too safe?
- If you are a farming game connoisseur, this may not offer enough new features to get keep you invested long term.