infinity | Added on: December 5, 2011
Alawar makes good games. I love their Crop Busters match 3 game, but am not so fond of time management games. But since this was on sale, it was worth a try. Actually, the graphics and animations are amazing, as to be expected with Alawar games. And for that reason alone, I wanted to enjoy the game. I might even have resigned myself to endless watering of grass, picking up chicken eggs, baking cakes, caging raging bears, and the like. But the problem is, the game expects me to either know how to play one of these Farm Frenzy games already, or to figure it out as I go. There are very minimal instructions, basically word pictures, like reading hieroglyphics. But really, Alawar, take an extra day or two and write decent instructions for the novice if you want to sell more games. I was able to figure out what to do, but it was slow going because actions occur in sequences: you have to pick up eggs off the grass, then make egg powder, then bake cookies, then use the cookies to bake a cake, but before baking the cake you have to send the donkey off to town to pick up a creature that looks like a groundhog to help bake the cake. And it took 45 minutes to get that far. If you're used to the Farm Frenzy games, or TM games in general, you'll probably love this, as other reviewers did. But if you're inexperienced with TM games, enjoy the scenery in this one. Just be prepared to stumble around while you do.