Giveaway of the Day - Farm Frenzy

Farm Frenzy
December 8, 2013

If you thought life in the big city was crazy, wait until you get a load of the country life in Farm Frenzy, a super-fun arcade game that lets you show Old MacDonald how it’s done! Daily chores have never been more entertaining as you cultivate your fields, feed your animals and gather the items they produce. Better keep the bears away from your ducks, though, or you won’t have any eggs to sell at the market! You can spend the money you earn on upgrading your farm to churn out more products faster than before. Offering plenty of finger-clicking action, just enough strategy to keep things interesting and an amusing cast of characters, Farm Frenzy is a game the whole family can enjoy!

  • Over 45 levels to beat
  • Five animals to care for
  • Nine farm products to sell
  • Six buildings to purchase.
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System Requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 8.0; Hard Drive: 24 MB
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.bigfishgames.c...
File Size: 25.8 MB
Price: $9.99

This software was available as a giveaway on December 8, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.bigfishgames.com/do....

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  1. Farm Frenzy :

    In Brief :

    This is the first time Farm Frenzy has been given away here at the gamegiveawayoftheday and is one of the rare time management games I actually like. I beta tested this for Alawar several years ago and was impressed with it’s ease of play and simple graphics; never feeling like I was out of time as this was one of the first TM games that intrioduced gold, silver and bronze times.

    Due to it’s popularity Alawar have since released over 10 titles in the Farm Frenzy series (Farm Frenzy 1 to 4, FF: Madagascar, FF: Gone fishing, FF: Viking Heroes, FF: Ancient Rome, FF: Ice Age, FF: Russian Roulette and FF: Pizza Party. I stopped buying them (apart from the first two which I got for free for beta testing after the fours (Pizza Party, as they were all basically the same game re-skinned.

    Farm Frenzy has over 45 levels of action-heavy management as you learn how to run a farm. From tending cows in the fields to gathering eggs for sale at the market to upgrading your structures and equipment to protecting your livestock from obtrusive predators such as bears, Farm Frenzy trys to simulate “real farming” without the attendant aromas. And, while you have just five animals to look after, nine products to sell and six buildings to purchase, it’s more involved than it sounds.

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    You can play Farm Frenzy online for free HERE, also You can get Farm Frenzy 1,2 and 3 as well as Farm Frenzy: Pizza Party free 24/7 from both Jenkat games and MyPlayCity. Please remember to uncheck any checkboxes when installing from any free game site. I recommend getting them from the former, thpough make sure you decline all of the extra’s and uncheck the tick box for accepting the Yahoo home page. I’m only linking to Farm Frenzy via Jenkat Games and MyPlayCity; the rest are easy enough to find.

    Installation:

    The Farm Frenzy zip file when downloaded is 25.8 MB in size. It unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there’s a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that’s protected from being hacked (because the previous giveaway system was easily cracked). This file may cause some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive.

    The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. (The owners know that allowing such things would compromise their business, so they make sure all software given away via the giveaway and gamegiveaway sites are thoroughly checked for all types of malware before allowing community members to download any files.

    Some community members have been having problems installing games since the security software was added. It’s been found that turning off your security temporarily or configuring it to accept the setup.cgd file usually sorts the problem out.

    To register and install the game, click on the orange colored icon. The installed game requires approx 17 MB of disk space and installs to the following path:

    C:\Games\FarmFrenzy_game

    Shortcuts are not installed to either the desktop or the start menu programs list, nor is there an uninstaller. To uninstall the program you just have to delete the installed folder located by default via the path above.

    (If the install path shows the last game giveaway installed you need to clear your internet cache) you’ll also find a shortcut in the Start Menu for an uninstaller.

    The game works in both XP Pro, Vista Home Premium and Win 7 Ultimate and Pro. (not got a home edition). The installed game is 18.7 MB in size.

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    Introduction :

    If you thought life in the big city was crazy, wait until you get a load of the country life in Farm Frenzy! Daily chores have never been more entertaining as you cultivate your fields, feed your animals and gather the items they produce. You can spend the money you earn on upgrading your farm! Offering plenty of finger-clicking action, just enough strategy to keep things interesting and an amusing cast of characters, Farm Frenzy is a game the whole family can enjoy!

    Reference accessed HERE Dec 8th 2013

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    The Game:

    Part arcade game part management simulation, Farm Frenzy combines elements from games like Alice Greenfingers and Cake Mania to create a fast-paced and entertaining foray into farm administration. It lets you slip into a pair of coveralls and play “Old MacDonald” with a bit of a business twist. The result is some egg-ceptional down-on-the-farm goodness.

    In its singular mode of play, Farm Frenzy serves up over 45 levels of action-heavy management as you learn how to run a farm. From tending cows in the fields to gathering eggs for sale at the market to upgrading your structures and equipment to protecting your livestock from obtrusive predators, Farm Frenzy simulates “real farming” without the attendant aromas. And, while you have just five animals to look after, nine products to sell and six buildings to purchase, it’s more involved than it sounds.

    Basics of gameplay are simple. Clicking on the ground makes grass grow. Animals then eat the grass and produce goods such as eggs, wool and milk. These goods are gathered in your storehouse and sent to town for sale or processed to create other goods. Simple, right? Well, not entirely.

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    It wouldn’t be a game without obstacles to success. As in the real world, everything has a price. To grow grass you need water and to produce goods you need animals, and each come at a cost. You also need to build and upgrade structures to grow, process and transport your goods. These include wells, cars, storehouses, egg solids plants, bakeries and spinneries. Goods sold increase your funds, allowing you to purchase more animals, as well as build and upgrade structures. Yes, it’s capitalism, but it’s fun, too.

    Oh, yes. Bears make regular appearances, too. Their goal is to thin out your collection of ducks, sheep and cows. Cage them quickly to protect your investment or you’ll “bearly” be able to make ends meet.

    Initial levels are easy to play and complete, but as you advance the challenges increase. Each level requires specific upgrades, purchased from the Shop, so be sure you know what you need before making your selection. Funds are limited and you may need to replay a level or two to earn sufficient monies to buy the upgrades necessary.

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    To complete a level in Farm Frenzy, specific tasks must be accomplished. A set number of eggs must be collected or a certain number of bakery goods produced. As you advance, the challenge increases and the number of goals along with it. For example, you might need to purchase five ducks, collect 20 eggs and spin four spools of wool. Or, you may simply need to produce three baked goods. While this singular goal sounds easy, to end up with the bakery items you need, it’s necessary to grow grass, buy ducks, collect eggs, sell them to raise cash to buy more ducks to collect more eggs and repeat the above. Then, you have to build an egg solids plant and a bakery to create the solids needed to bake into finish products.

    Of course, you’ll need to upgrade your facilities, too, so you can warehouse more goods and improve the performance of your production facilities, as well as buy a truck that can haul more goods to market. Oh, and it pays to acquire cats to collect goods for you and dogs to keep those bears at bay.

    If it sounds too complex or daunting a task, don’t worry. The game eases you into the more difficult aspects of farming. And, it rewards you, too. Awards are given for accomplishments such as collecting 500 goods, filling all shelves in the storehouse, catching 100 bears and banking $1,000,000.

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    3

    Farm Frenzy is very family-friendly, although, it’s a bit too complex for younger children. Graphics, generally, are cute and well illustrated, and audio adds nicely to the environment. It’s also easy to learn and enjoyable to play for those who appreciate fast-paced action. However, it does lack somewhat with regard to play instructions. More effort should have been spent on providing greater detail on the intricacies of play. Action, as well, becomes a touch too frantic on occasion.

    Nonetheless, Farm Frenzy is a ducky game filled with sheep thrills. It eggs you on to greater challenges, yet doesn’t pull the wool over your eyes. If you can bear with its failings, you’ll be playing it ’til the cows come home.

    Reference accessed HERE 7th Dec 2013

    Features:

    - 48 original levels
    - Five animals to care for
    - Nine farm products to sell
    - Six buildings to purchase
    - Unlimited game time
    - VIP bonuses
    - Brilliant graphics and nice soundtrack

    Music:

    You can mute the music if you don’t like it. Unfortunately unless you are good at coding, there’s no way to change the music as it’s coded into the games executable.

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    Images

    You can see a slideshow of around 30 images of the game HERE

    Video :

    To see what the game plays like you can check out several videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

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    System Requirements

    Operating System…………………. Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8
    CPU……………………………….……. 500 MHz
    System Memory (RAM) ………… 256 MB
    DirectX 8.0 or higher
    Hard Drive…………………………….. 24 MB

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    Conclusion

    This is an excellent, easy to play time management game with cute graphics and very family friendly. It can get frantic at time later in the game, but overall one of the best TM games I’ve ever had the pleasure to play.

    It lacks a full set of game play instructions, but you are introduced to the game mechanics early on in the game whenever something new presents itself via in game message bubbles (which you can see in some of my screen captures above).

    Score:

    Gameplay: 8
    Graphics: 7
    Audio/Sound Effects: 7
    Help/Tutorials: 6
    Originality: 7.5
    Replayability: 7

    Total score 42.5 out of 60 which is equivalent to 7.1 out of 10

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    Comment by whiterabbit-uk — December 8th, 2013 at 3:58 am
  2. Love this game! One of the first TM games I was able to complete. Took me a while in the upper levels but enjoyed it. Love the music and the graphics; the little ducks are too cute. There are sound and visual hints when the bears are going to appear and arrows will point to the well when you need to refill. We have all the later versions of FF and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys TM games.

    ………………………Moderator Comment………………………..

    Thanks for your feedback Barbara. This was also the first TM game I was ever able to complete with relative ease. I never felt rushed off my feet trying to play any level. A pleasure to play.

    Comment by Barbara — December 8th, 2013 at 4:32 am
  3. The installer isn’t unpacking the GCD. At least, that’s how it looks from here.

    ………………………Moderator Comment……………………..

    Hi Softmachine

    Click on the orange coloured key icon to install the game.

    I’ve still got some Softmachine albums. :)

    Comment by softmachine — December 8th, 2013 at 5:55 am

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