Farlandby Aethyna Mar 24, 2018 | 2 Votes | 3 Played | 0 Reviews 9.5 rate Featuring a gameplay that’s quite similar to Island Experiment, Farland is a fantasy-medieval themed, farm/village-building simulation game that will have you search for and rescue your other shipwrecked crew members and try to build a new life (and village) for yourself in the wilderness. Will you be able to do it? Play Now Similar Games Played
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Featuring a gameplay that’s quite similar to Island Experiment, Farland is a fantasy-medieval themed, farm/village-building simulation game that puts you in the shoes of one of the survivors of a shipwreck. In this game, you not only have to search for and rescue your other crew members but also try to build a new life (and village) for yourself in the wilderness. Will you be able to do it?
The game has a pretty quirky though somewhat generic storyline that introduces you to your first new village member who happened to be caught up in a tangle with a giant octopus. As you may expect, you ended up saving him and he decided to stick around to help. The game also slowly reveals the story behind the shipwreck and the personal stories of each character you eventually get to rescue.
As you progress in the game, you may eventually realize that its gameplay doesn’t really fit the story but usually by then, you won’t care much about the story as a whole. The dialogues between the characters in this game are still pretty silly and sometimes hilarious though.
Similar to games like Island Experiment, Farland is a simulation game that requires energy to play. You generally need energy to do most actions in this game, be it collecting resources from your surroundings or even building and upgrading stuff. It is fairly limited in amount, but you do get plenty at the beginning to get you started. For certain actions, such as cooking and planting crops, you will need water which can be collected from the spring, once you have it restored, at no cost.
Resource-collecting is another vital aspect of the game as well. There are tons of resources you can collect, from wood to stone to grass, and those are only the basic stuff. Each time you collect something, there’s a chance for you to get rarer items like moss, brushwood, and resin, which are pretty important for a variety of things ranging from quests to crafting. Sometimes, you may get special items that cannot be used. Instead, these items form collections that once complete, can be exchanged for the rarer resources. As you progress, you can set up storehouses and assign workers to help you gather more resources.
These resources are important for when you are ready to start building things to make your life a whole lot easier and more comfortable. However, most of the time, you require a ton of the stuff, so you’ll probably be clicking a whole lot (while perhaps counting under your breath) in this game. Quick tip though – you can simply click and then hold instead of clicking multiple times.
Right, first things first, you’ll need a shelter. The building process in Farland is a multi-stage process. What do I mean by that? Well, each building requires several rounds of “construction” with each round requiring a substantial amount of resources and coins, which can become rather tedious after a while. These buildings can be upgraded too and naturally, upgrades will cost you resources and coins.
Each of these buildings serves a purpose. For instance, the Hovel is needed for you to house your villagers and workers. You can also craft items such as food and better building materials by setting up a cauldron and a workshop respectively… though, I’m pretty sure a “cauldron” is not a “building” (it is, according to the game). The crafting process in this game can be a bit frustrating, mainly because you cannot queue up tasks. Imagine crafting a 1-min-long item for 8 times in a row…
Anyway, once you reach level 5, you’ll get to start setting up your farm. The crops you grow are not only needed to feed the animals you’ll eventually want to raise; they are also needed to feed your people. Plots cost coins to place, so you can actually place a whole lot of them if you like. There is quite a variety of crops that you can grow and animals you can rear too. Similar to the crafting process, crops naturally takes some time to be ready for harvest. You can, however, speed things up using premium currency, Sunrunes.
Like most building-oriented games, there are plenty of decorations you can place around your new village. Are things getting a bit crammed up? Well, you cannot purchase surrounding lands just by having enough coins. Instead, new land can only be unlocked when you remove the “obstacle” – it can be a particularly territorial octopus, snake or pack of wolves.
As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock new features such as the Food Stall which is operated by an old granny. Here, you can complete special orders in exchange for coins and experience points, but after completing 6 orders, you’ll also get a chest of goodies as a reward.
These gameplay features aside, Farland is even a very social game. You are encouraged to visit your friends’ place daily and spend up to 5 specially allocated energy points to help around. You’ll get friendship runes in return, which can then be used to purchase special décor that you can place in their farms.
Gifting is also a major aspect of the game, allowing you and your friends to not only send fertilizers and tree fertilizers, but also resources like grass, stone, and wood.
However, please take note that all of this only applies to actual “friends” and not “followings”. Players you follow will not be added to your Facebook friends’ list but you can’t do much with them either except visiting their place to take a look-see.
The graphics in this game are pretty alright for a farm game. It may not be the nicest-looking game out there, but it’s not too bad either. In terms of sound, on the other hand, I’ve got to say – I absolutely love the music in this game. It’s soothing and nice to listen to, and I really like that it features Celtic influences, same as the game’s graphics.
Overall, I personally find Farland very addictive and fun to play, and this is coming from someone who was an avid player of the game, Island Experiment, and other similar games like it. It doesn’t focus as much on farming per se but this is the sort of game that may appeal to virtual farmers. Do give it a try!