Farm Up! is a pretty (but pretty slow-moving) mobile farm experience
Realore's Farm Up! has been available on iPad for a few weeks now, but with today's launch of the game on iPhone, you can now take this visually pleasing mobile farming simulator with you wherever you go. Regardless of the version you choose, you'll find yourself transported back to the 1930's in North Carolina. There, you'll take over the role of Jennifer, an exceptionally skilled farmer who is put in charge of a dilapidated farmhouse and land that needs to be brought back to life.
Via some pretty standard gameplay mechanics, you'll need to grow crops for food, clear the grounds of weeds, stones and other debris, and then use your various supplies to either construct brand new buildings or repair those that have fallen into disrepair due to lack of attention over the years. For instance, you'll need to repair the main farm house so that Jennifer and her husband eventually have a place to live.
The game's quest system helps move the progress of the game along, but it stalls out every few levels as you need to complete the same tedious tasks over and over again just to level up and receive more quests. This is the game's biggest fault, as I can see these instances of inactivity being enough to cause the most casual gamer to quit playing the game altogether in favor of games that give them more to do.
Still, the graphical theme of the game is fantastic, with plenty of minor details that you normally don't see in such otherwise basic farming sims. For instance, you'll see butterflies flying around your farmland, and can watch the animals animate in their pens (as well as the many human characters that walk around the farm completing tasks). It's unfortunate that Farm Up! lacks that balance when it comes to in-game progress, as the visual appear here is hard to beat.
Luckily, the game's problems can be rectified with future updates (if the folks at Realore add more quests, that is), so they definitely aren't deal breakers. Even though the mobile gaming space isn't without its fair share of farming games, there's always room for one more, right?
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