FarmVille meets Cafe World in Gourmet Ranch on Facebook
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First of all, your list of recipes will always inform you of what ingredients you need and there is even a tab to display only the recipes you can cook immediately. Cooking recipes is far simpler than in Cafe World, requiring a single click and wait rather than several clicks that don't affect the quality of the dish in any way. Planting crops is the same way, however players will need to fence off designated squares for livestock. If space is a concern, players will be able to expand both their cafe and their farmland as they progress.
Of course, nearly every action such as buying new items, tress and livestock costs coins, but if dishes are constantly on the table that shouldn't be a problem. However, ingredients cost a special currency known as Keys. Gained as you level up or purchased through several payment methods supported by Social Gold like credit card and PayPal, some keys and a sum of coins will unlock one recipe. That also goes to show that Mastery doesn't exist in Gourmet Ranch.
Admittedly, there is one thing about Gourmet Ranch that could become a headache later on--make that a lot of things, so to speak. With several crops, livestock, trees and dishes all ticking on separate timers simultaneously, keeping track of what's going to be ready for harvesting or serving next could become a nightmare. Players could easily be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things to objects to maintain. Despite that, Gourmet Ranch is a refreshing take on two slightly different genres by bringing them together into one smoothly animated and gorgeous Facebook game. And considering a game this polished is Playdemic's first social game, RockYou had good reason to pick them up when it did.
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