Two-fer Tuesday: Chocolatier Sweet Society and My Vineyard
Tired of harvesting and planting crops in FarmVille? Washing and feeding your pet in Pet Society? If you're looking for something new to play on Facebook, stop by the Games.com blog for Two-fer Tuesdays. Every week, we'll be recommending two new Facebook games that, ya know, aren't FarmVille.
This week's Two-fer highlights two games that have been flying under the radar, but include a certain something that might appeal to the FarmVille set -- chocolate and wine. The first is My Vineyard from Metaplace -- a sort of well-heeled FarmVille -- where you grow grapes and then turn them into wine. The second game is Chocolatier: Sweet Society where instead of wine, you make and sell chocolate in your very own chocolate shop. We're getting hungry just thinking about it. Chocolatier Sweet Society
This Facebook game, based on a PC downloadable game with the same name, puts you at the helm of your very own high-end chocolate shop. In the game, you have to make chocolate in the factory and then, upon completion, sell the sweet stuff for coins which can be used for upgrades. Different types of chocolate takes different amounts of time to make, so you'll need to think strategically to make sure your inventory stays stocked and customers stay happy.
Pros: The game looks good, and overall, has high production values that you don't necessarily see in other Facebook games. Even though this game bears some similarities to other cooking games on Facebook, it also requires more time management to make your shop successful.
Cons: Outside of making chocolate and sending gifts, there's not all that much else to do in this game. Oh yeah, and the biggest negative of this game -- it makes you crave chocolate every time you play.
Play Chocolatier on Facebook >
If you've ever fantasized about making your own wine, you can put your inner oenophile to the test by running your own virtual vineyard. Start by planting different varieties of grapes, juicing them (by stepping on them 'I Love Lucy'-style) and then aging them in the barrel of your choosing. You can sell your wine right away, or let it age and sell for more coins. Your vineyard can also be decked out with houses and other decor -- some buildings require your friends to pitch in and help.
Pros: One of the better-looking Facebook games with a relaxing soundtrack. There's also plenty of side activities to keep you occupied, like building houses, collecting truffles. Plus, it's about wine -- who doesn't like that?
Cons: If you're really tired of growing and harvesting crops, this game is centered on that basic concept. My Vineyard also has about 800K players according to AppData, which is a pretty decent number, but you still might be hard-pressed finding neighbors without straying outside your existing Facebook friend circle.
Play My Vineyard on Facebook >
Disclaimer: Games.com writer Tami Baribeau is a producer at Metaplace which creates My Vineyard.
What do you think of this week's Two-fers? Do you have a game that should be considered for next week? If so, leave a note in the comments below.