Farming is a wholesome job, but it can also be soul-shattering. Every day, farmers deal with pests, rodents, bad weather, and crippling debt—and they return to the job with every sunrise because the world needs to be fed. In the same vein, digital farming brings downfalls of its own, including long wait times and brainless screen-tapping. Still, like the underappreciated real-world farmer, we return to our tasks. Not because they’re necessary, but because games like Farm Story 2 are comforting in their predictability.
Farm Story 2 puts you in charge of an unproductive farm. It’s your job to fill it up with farm-y things, like crops, cows, and shops. You earn money for delivering vegetables, eggs, milk, and other products. That money goes back into improving your farm. It’s the circle of farming life.
Farm Story 2 involves a lot of tapping and dragging. You purchase plots of land from the market, and tap to lay them down. You tap to plant your crops. When it’s time to harvest, you drag your scythe across your rows of wheat and corn. This simple gesture is surprisingly fun to perform: There’s something satisfying about harvesting a whole crop in a bare second.
Similarly, you collect products from your animal friends by dragging bucket icons over their pens. Once you’ve collected, the animals literally stiffen and collapse, and they won’t produce until you feed them. It’s a silly animation, but you’ll smile the first time you see it. Read more »