Farming Games on Facebook: Seriously, we've had enough
- Farm Town
- Zombie Farm (pictured below)
- Happy Farm
- Tiki Farm
- Green Farm
- Farm Country
- Farm Story
- Farm Land
- Farm Defense (really?)
And did you know that a developer out there had the chutzpah to somehow shoehorn drugs into the farming Facebook game fad? (It's called Pot Farm.) Now, trust me when I say this, the list goes on--try it for yourself. However, the worst part is that a majority of these games have thousands, if not millions, of monthly players. Aren't we sick of planting crops, harvesting them, and planting them again? Apparently not.
Even games that should have absolutely nothing to do with farming somehow find a way to make use of the tired mechanic like Zombie Lane, Empires & Allies and even Madden NFL Superstars. OK, that last one was a joke, but don't put it past any game at this point. With that, we're faced with an even more important question: How?
Well, it all boils down to one basic, almost primal human dichotomy: risk versus reward. Simply put, developers just aren't willing to take the risks in making a Facebook game that breaks the mold. This is mainly because FarmVille has caused players to expect that type of gameplay from their social games. To more than I would like, farming has become synonymous with social gaming. According to Inside Social Games, 10 out of the top 25 social games in June either surround farming or have it as a tacked-on feature. (And this is scarcely representative of the list you'll find through Facebook.)
Finally, we can enjoy trading and battling cute little monsters (Pokemon, anyone?) on Facebook, thanks to Gaia Online's Monster Galaxy (pictured above). These are just two examples of developers that are bringing new ideas (at least to Facebook) and turning them into successful games. And, guess what, not one crop was harvested in their creation. So let's keep it up, developers--our fingers have grown tired of clicking crops and cows.
[Image Credits: Giant Bomb, UrGameTips, The Appera]
What do you think of the state of Facebook gaming? Have we been overrun with farming games, or do you still enjoy planting and harvesting crops? Sound off in the comments. Add Comment.