Playdom's new Tiki Farm takes crop management to the South Pacific

While Playdom hasn't told us anything about it, the company's Tiki Farm game on Facebook apparently launched on December 7. We found it after finding the game's name during a random trademark search.

Best described as a Pacific island-based FarmVille, Tiki Farm gives players a limited amount of space to grow fruits, mushrooms, strawberries, hibiscus, sugarcane and even Venus Fly Trap. Tropical trees from banana to mango and macadamia are also offered.

During our few minutes with the game, Tiki Farm's beta status was clear. It's slow and buggy. We were unable to harvest any of our mushroom or orange crops to gain points to get to level 2. While we weren't able to really play, there are some obvious differences from your normal FarmVille experience. First, a Harvest button is used to collect and sell items (rather than the click and select the Harvest/Collect option). Next, certain crops require watering every 24 hours, done by clicking on the Water button. Players must also clear out any bugs that get in on the crops by clicking the Clear Bugs action button.

That big honking volcano in the distance didn't really do anything during out extremely limited playtime but based on the erupting volcano in the game's opening animation, we expect that lava will have something to do with how players might find their doom.

It's still too early to say if Tiki Farm will be the game that breaks FarmVille's popularity but at best, gamers looking to farm in a whole new way might find Tiki Farm's laid back island vibe to be just the right balance between work and play.

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