It can be tough to deal with everyday issues with cultivating your land – all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. We all need a few moments to ourselves to unwind and forget our troubles, even if it’s for a few minutes or an hour. With that in mind, I have created a humble list of farming games you can play. They are simple and fun, they don’t ask for much of your time or computer power, and they can disconnect you from the world for a while. Enjoy!
Farmville and Farmville 2
If you have a Facebook account, as well as aunts and grandmas sending you virtual gifts, it is very likely that you have already had the opportunity to come across this game. It is a farming simulation that is almost ten years old but still just as popular as ever.
You pay coins to plow the land and use the crops to get more coins. Another way you can get coins is to visit your neighbors, which is one of the reasons for those game requests. Every crop, or project, needs some time before it’s ready. As the game progresses, you can build bigger and better farms, as well as purchase some adorable decorations.
Story of Seasons
This one comes from Japan, and it’s not so much a game, as it is a game series. You can’t play them online, but the first installment served as an inspiration to many modern farming games. It’s not just simple planting seeds, watering the crops and selling them for coins. It is also a life simulation and role-playing. You control the characters that are trying their best to turn a rundown farm into a success.
This game is perfect for those who are good at, or simply love, multitasking, as your characters have to socialize, tend to the livestock, gather materials with which they will improve their house, attend festivals and, in some installments of the series, you can have kids! The games are available for a myriad of systems, including Wii, 3DS, PS1, PS2, and GB. It’s definitely worth your time.
If you’re a fan of games you can play on Steam, as well as something you can enjoy with your friends, have I got a treat for you! The thing that separates this game from others is that you can close your farm, open it to the public, or select a few friends to farm with them. You don’t have to be there all the time – the game continues to operate in real time, so, even when you are not logged in, things are happening. There will always be something for you to do.
As with many farming games, you start small, with a humble plot of land, and you cultivate it until it grows beyond anything you could have imagined. Grow crops, raise cattle and have fun with friends. The game has very positive reviews. You can buy it on Steam for 20 EUR (around $25).