Ranch Rush Tips
Check out our strategy guide Ranch Rush, which includes general tips, descriptinos of equipment, animals and crops, and screenshots to help you organize your farm most efficiently.
- The game has two modes, Casual and Expert. When you first start the game you will automatically start in Casual Mode.
- The only way to unlock the Expert Mode is to play the first three weeks in Casual Mode.
- Once you've unlocked the Expert Mode , the game will show you a sign indicating that it is available. At that point you can choose to continue in Casual or begin the Expert Mode.
ORGANIZING YOUR FARM
- The very first thing you want to do is organize your farm and place things as close to each other as possible.
- By the end of the game you will be scrambling for space as more machines and animals are added.
- If you plan accordingly from the start it will be easier to fit the latest additions to your farm.
- Time stops when you're buying and placing soil so you don't have too worry about time when you're fixing up the farm.
- As your farm grows, buy more than one water well until you get your sprinkler system. Place the wells on opposite ends of the farm so when Sara has to water the soil she doesn't have to go too far to get the buckets of water.
- Buy more than one set of crates so when Sara is on each side of the farm she can grab a crate without having to walk to the opposite side of the field.
- Buy several pest sprays and place them as close to the edge of your soil as possible. The pest sprays do not take too much space so they will not interfere too much with your space availability.
- There are many ways to play this game and set-up your farm, these are just suggestions that worked for me.
- Some people may choose to put more crops and some people may choose less. They all work, what you need to do is make sure that you have enough of the things that will help you get to your goal faster.
WEEK 1 SCREENSHOT - SAMPLE SET-UP
- Plan ahead, set up your soil so that you can accommodate the bags of seeds in the middle of the crop and later on for the sprinkler system. You can look at the screenshot to see an example of what I mean.
- The set up should look like this: three pieces of soil on top, three at the bottom, a hole in the middle and one piece of soil on each side.
- It should look like a square with a hole in the middle, all pieces should be connected. Place your bags of seeds in the holes, which will make the seeds handy when you need them.
WEEK 2 SCREENSHOT - SAMPLE SET-UP
- Bees are added in this week, the bees go to the clovers before they go to the beehives.
- Your first instinct may be to place the hives close to the clovers but you definitely don't want to do that.
- Keep the hives as far as you can so you can have enough time to get the honey without being stung.
- I bought 2 pest sprays so I could have one for each side.
WEEK 3 SCREENSHOT - SAMPLE SET-UP
- The ketchup machine has been added in this week.
- Notice that in the screenshot, the toolkit and the tomatoes are placed next to the ketchup machine for easy access.
- Since I've added more things, I now have to scroll back and forth with this set-up so I bought an extra set of crates.
- I also added 2 extra beehives to keep up with the demand.
WEEK 4 SCREENSHOT - SAMPLE SET-UP
- In this week grapes and sheep have been added.
- If you notice I got rid of one section of clovers and added the grapes instead. You don't need that many clovers since they grow pretty fast, so I reduced the clover section to only 1 part.
- I wanted to make sure that I still kept the tomatoes next to the ketchup machine.
- Keep the items close together that go with each other. For example, you know that you need the shears to cut the sheep's wool so keep the shears as close to the sheep as possible.
- Since sheep like to eat wheat, I placed the sheep next to the wheat for easy access.
- I added an extra cow to keep up with the milk demands of the game. I tightened everything up so the cows could be next to each other.
WEEK 5 SCREENSHOTS - SAMPLE SET-UP/REARRANGING
- The cheese machine has been added, notice that I placed it next to the cows so that Sara only has a short walk from the cows to the cheese machine.
- I moved the water well out of the way in order to accommodate the cheese machine.
- I placed the toolkit between the cheese and the ketchup machine for easy access.
- The pumpkins have been added on the second screenshot. I moved the barn over to accommodate the pumpkins.
WEEK 6 SCREENSHOT – SPRINKLERS - SAMPLE SET-UP
- Thank goodness the sprinklers are finally here.
- Once you get your sprinkler systems, remove the bags of seeds from the holes in the middle and place your sprinkler system in there instead.
- Since the bags of seeds do not take up too much space you can place them on the edge of the soil.
- You should keep each bag of seed next to the same crop on the field. In other words, keep the pumpkin seeds next to crop of pumpkins for easy access.
- Sell your water wells since you don't need them anymore. When you set-up your soil in the manner shown, the sprinklers will water each and every one of those plants in that section.
- When you get two sheep, keep the sheep next to each other and keep one pair of sheers in between them so you can cut the wool of both of them.
- Keep the tools next to the machines since they will break down periodically and will need fixing.
- The jam machine has been added this week as well. Notice that I placed the jam machine on the same side as the beehives since you need the honey.
- I also switched the positions of the pumpkins and the grapes from the previous week. I wanted to place the grapes closer to the jam machine.
- You could also move them right next to the jam machine for easier access. Do whatever configuration works best for you.
WEEK 7 SCREENSHOTS - SAMPLE SET-UP
- Ostriches have arrived along with the bread machine in this week.
- Since I've kept my farm on a tight space up to this point, it was easy to just add the ostriches at the bottom of the farm.
- While this configuration worked for me, you may want to place the ostriches further on top since they can be demanding.
- I placed the bread machine in a position where they wouldn't be too far from the three things needed to make bread, milk, wheat and eggs.
WEEK 8 FRIDAY SCREENSHOTS - SAMPLE SET-UP
- This was my set-up for the last level in the game.
- I started the configuration one way and early on in the game I changed my game plan a bit in order to have easier access to certain items.
- I added 2 more beehives and I placed them all in a row at the bottom of the screen. I wanted the hives to be closer to the jam machine.
- I bought an additional bread machine since the last bread order was substantial.
- I only had 2 ostriches, ideally you may want to get three of them since it would be easier to feed all three at the same time. Since each ostrich only asks for one food item at a time, having three of them would help you produce eggs faster.
- If you look at the second screenshot you will notice that I took out the second section of wheat and I placed one of each crop instead.
- I did that since the ostriches mainly ask for one of each thing. Placing it like this minimize my scrolling when I had to get food for them.
- I added a third set of crates so that I would have crates wherever I needed them.
- Each machine has their own set of tools.
- Towards the end of the level, I did not bother to feed the animals that I no longer needed. I also did not plant any more seeds for the crops that I did not need.
- In order to pass the level you need to concentrate only on getting the items needed to finish your goal.
TIPS & TRICKS
- Look at the orders at the beginning of each level. Pick in your mind which ones you need to get first based on the ones that take the longest to grow. You want to get those out of the way first since it takes time for the next crop to flourish.
- You also have to plan ahead, when you're short on time not only do you have to worry about picking the stuff in time but you also have to worry about planting new seeds when the ones you have die out.
- Sara's hands should be full at all times since she has the ability to carry three things at a time, which coincides with the amount of items that are needed throughout the game.
- As soon as you run out of a bag of seeds, buy another one right away before you continue to work. It's also a good idea to buy more than one of the same kind of seed and place them on each side of a crop for easy access.
- Just because you started your farm with a certain configuration doesn't mean that it has to end up that way. Towards the end of the game, sell some of the crops that you need the least of. You can either replace them with other crops that are more important or to make room for machines and animals.
- Work one side of the farm at a time. As you level up you will have to scroll in order to get through everything on the farm. Do as much as you can on one side at a time to prevent having too scroll too much at once.
- Buy the upgrades that give you speed as soon as they become available. The faster you can whip around that farm, the better your chances are of completing your orders.
- Use the "X" button in the lower right corner to sell some of the items on your farm at half the original purchase price. This will help you when you need to make room in your farm for new equipment or when certain things have been made obsolete. A good example of this is that you should sell you water wells as soon as you get your sprinkler system going.
- Don't try to fill all the orders of one kind at a time, especially when it comes to the machines. Do a little bit a time and while one machine is making a product fill the next one or harvest some foods
- The quicker you finish a round the more money you will earn since you get extra money according to how much time you have left on the clock at the end of the day.
- Once you get enough sprinklers to cover every crop on your farm, sell your water wells so you can make room for new equipment and more animals.
- This is a technique that should only be used as a last resort. In some levels it will be almost impossible to meet the requirements needed. Since the game begins on one day where it left off on the last day, use a day to stock up your farm and don't worry about the goal.
- The point here is to fail the level so you can make your goal on the next round. Make sure your machines are up to capacity in food and that your crops are fully grown, bug free and well watered. Once all of that is in place you can let the time run out. By the time you start the next day, you'll be able to breeze through the day that was giving you problems in the first place.
- When the soil is dead you need to grow a new crop in its place right away. The reason you want to do it immediately is because the less crops you have available the less chance you have of completing your orders in time for that day.
- Before the day ends, prep your farm for the next day. Water the soil, plant some seeds and feed the cows. That will be one less thing you'll have to worry about once you start the next day. This can be easily done when you have a little more time left on the clock. If your time is tight get as much prepping done for the next day as you can.
- Just remember that time stops when you're buying goods for your farm, when you're moving things around and when you sell the items that you want taken off your farm. You can rake your time when you perform these actions. Time will resume once you're finished.
- If you're running out of time don't spend time feeding the animals if what they produce is not needed to make the goal for that day. Concentrate on making your deliveries on time. Then at the end of the level if you have some time left, prep some things for the next day.
- Watch the time, you don't want it to run out on you. The game gives you plenty of warning of how much time you have left. It gives you a 2 minute warning, then a minute, 30 seconds and your last warning is of 15 seconds. Tie up all your loose ends at the 2 minute mark; you'll be amazed at how much you can get done in that short amount of time.
- You can pick up the produce in the crates in any fashion that you prefer. It doesn't really matter all that matters is that you pick up the right orders.
- When you pick up the wrong items there are 2 ways to get rid of them. If you picked up foods that you can't use, simply take them to the barn anyway and it will be taken off your hand. You will not get paid for them since it wasn't part of the order.
- Another way to get rid of a wrong item is by replacing it with the right one. Let's suppose you picked up the shears and you really wanted the tools. Just go to the tool kit and click on it and the shears will be replaced with the tools instead.
- Use the arrow keys on your keyboard instead of your mouse when you need to scroll through the scene.
- It's important to pay attention to the crops that take longer to grow. Since timing is everything in this game it's important to pick things in a certain order.
- Wheat, tomatoes and corn all grow at about the same pace.
- Pumpkins and grapes are the slowest ones.
- Clovers grow pretty quickly so you never really need to have too many at one time.
- If you have an order for pumpkins and grapes pick those first since you want to give them a chance to grow while you pick other things.
- You need more tomatoes than anything else since the demands for ketchup and tomatoes themselves are pretty high.
FARMER'S MARKET MINI-GAME
- In this mini-game you have to bring items to the barn in order to make some bonus money, which you'll be able to use to purchase items for your farm.
- You really want to have your farm stocked at the end of business Friday since you know that you will have the Farmer's Market on Saturday. You especially want to have the most expensive items ready so you can get top dollar for them at the market.
- It's worth taking the extra time to make ketchup, honey, eggs and jam at the end of Friday since those items will net you big money in the Farmer's Market mini-game on Saturday. You may also want to keep your most expensive items close to the barn so Sara will have a short walk to the barn, which in turn will help you make more money.
- Place the most expensive items near the barn so you can make short trips to deliver things thus making more money.
- The items that you had on your farm from the previous levels will be available for you to purchase. For example if your cow had already made three bottles of milk, you will have those available right away for sale at the market.
- Each item yields you a different amount of money. Always try to pick first the items that sell for more money so you can earn a bigger bonus.
- You have a limited amount of time in which to complete this game so use your time wisely.
- So you can make more money at once during this mini-game, do not worry about restocking since your goal is to make the most amount of money and restocking would take too long.
- When you do several actions in a row you get a speed bonus.
- One thing I love about this game is the ability to chain unlimited amount of actions in a row.
- All you have do is click on the things back to back that you want Sara to do and she will perform them in the order in which you clicked them.
- This can really help you get far in the game especially after you've chained a huge amount of things it will give you the chance to glance at the farm and see what has to be done next.
- If you scheduled the wrong tasks, you can always right-click to cancel all those actions. Once their cancelled you can start a new queue and schedule tasks in the right order.
GENERAL TIPS FOR ALL ANIMALS ON THE FARM
- Each animal can produce a maximum of three products. Once they've reached the maximum, you will need to clear that load so the animal can make the next batch.
- Try to place the animals close the foods they like best so you don't have to go far when they are hungry. For example, place the clovers close to the cows, the wheat close to the sheep etc.
- Unlike the barn where you can click three crates of food onto it with one click, for the animals you must click each crate separately in order for them to take what they are asking for.
- The amount of thought bubbles an animal has over their head coincides with much of each food they want to eat.
- When an animal has produced three orders they will be at full capacity. They will not make any more requests for food until you've picked up the three items that they made.
- Pay attention to audible cues, they will let you know that certain things need to be done. If you hear the cow moo, that means that it is hungry and wants some clovers. The sheep will also make noise when they are ready to be fed.
- You need to buy the bee hives in order for the bees to make honey. It is recommended that you buy several hives at a time since it takes a bee three trips to the clovers to make one batch of honey.
- The placement of your bee hive is critical since you need to place it far away from the clovers since the bees will be constantly going to the clovers.
- The reason it needs to be far away is because you need enough time to get the honey from the hives without being stung. If you keep the hives too close, the bees will have a short distance to travel between the two.
- If you get stung while trying to get the honey, Sara will not be able to collect that batch.
- The best way to collect the honey without being stung is by observing the bees. As soon as you see them leaving the hive, wait for them to get far away and then collect it.
- If you don't wait for them to be far away, they will return immediately to protect their honey.
- You will know your hive is ready when you see the honeycombs on the side of the hives have 3 yellow circles. If they are empty they will be dark.
- Do not wait and pick up the honey last since it takes a while to replenish. if the hives are ready at the beginning of the round, pick them early on.
- You do not want to run out of time because (A) you didn't have enough time for them to fill and (B) because you did not time it right and you got stung.
- You need cows in order to fill the requests from buyers for milk. Cows like to eat clovers so make sure that you always have plenty of clovers planted in your garden so that you always have enough.
- If you bring the cows more than they asked for they will accept it. By giving them food that they did not ask for will cut down on the amount of times that you have to feed them.
- You can give the cows some more clovers even if they are full of bottles, and they will still produce milk. What will happen is that as soon as you pick up the milk, a new bottle will be produced right away.
- If you want to keep from bringing the cow food all the time, don't pick up the bottles of milk until closer to the end of a level. Once the end of the level is near, take the milk bottles and feed the cow so the cow can start producing milk for the next round.
- You don't need the crates to get the milk, all you have to do is go straight to the bottles and pick them up
- Sheep provide us with wool, in order to get the wool we must cut it with some shears.
- Sheep like to eat wheat so make sure that they are placed close to the supply of wheat.
- Just like the cows, you are able to feed the sheep more than what they ask for. Give them a lot of food at once and they will produce faster.
- Even if you have 3 packages of wool ready, you can still feed the sheep. Once you pick up the 3 packages you increase your chance of having another package done right away.
- If you have more than one sheep, place them next to each other and place one pair of shears in between both for easy access.
- The ostriches are the only animals that will ask for a variety of foods as opposed to the same food all the time. They will only ask for one item at a time, never 2.
- It's good to have 3 ostriches at a time because you can give them all their food at once since they always ask for a single item.
- Place them in the middle of the farm so you can have access to the whole field.
- Another alternative is to make a small section of soil with one of each of the crops and place them next to the ostriches for easier access.
- The ostrich eggs sell for more money than any other item on the farm.
- Ostriches will not eat more than what they asked for, so you will not be able to overfeed them.
GENERAL TIPS FOR ALL MACHINES
- There are several types of machines that you will purchase in Ranch Rush. All the machines serve a different purpose but they all hold the same amount of crates at one time, which is three.
- Some machines, such as the jam machine, can hold 6 crates at a time. It can hold 3 crates of grapes and three portions of honey.
- Each machine has certain requirements that must be met before it will produce the end product. The wooden sign above each machine shows you how many crates of each ingredient you need in order to make that product. If you've already placed some crates on there, the wooden sign will change to reflect the amount of food that is needed to complete the next batch.
- In most machines you will need three of the same items, in others it will be a combination of products. For example, for the jam machine you need 1 part honey and 3 parts grape.
- The machines will break down periodically. To fix it you will need a tool kit. Make sure that you place the toolkit close to all your machines so they can be handy when you need them.
- If your machines are close to each other, you can share one toolkit between both. If they are in separate areas, you can buy a tool kit for each so it can be readily accessible.
- You can only make 3 bottles at a time, however the machine can hold an extra 3 crates of tomatoes. Once you pick up the full load of ketchup the machine will begin working on those 3 crates automatically.
- Since the orders for ketchup are so large, always try to have at the end of the day, 3 ketchup crates ready and 3 creates of tomatoes ready for the next day.
- Always have more tomatoes planted than anything else since you will always have big ketchup and tomato orders. That way you can make sure you have enough to fill both.
- The number that is on top of the machine signifies how many more bottles of milk you need to place on there to make some cheese.
- In order to make one round of cheese you will need to add 2 bottles of milk to the cheese machine.
- Even though it takes 2 milks to make the cheese you can still take three bottles of milk to it and the third one can be there for the next order.
- For the jam machine you need 2 grapes and 1 honey.
- The jam machine can make up to three jars of jam at a time.
- You can pick up 3 trays of honey at one time and place them on the side of the machine.
- The same goes for the grapes, pick up three crates of grapes at a time and place them on the machine. That way you will have three jams ready at the same time
- Keep the beehives and the grapes close to the jam machine for easy access.
- Once the machine is ready to use, it will take what it needs automatically.
- The bread machine takes 1 wheat, 1 milk and 1 egg in order for it to make the bread. If possible keep the ostriches, the wheat and the eggs within the same scrolling view. That will make it easier for you to get the ingredients you need quickly.
- You can actually place 3 crates of wheat, 3 bottles of milk and 3 eggs on the side of the bread machine, even while you have 3 batches of bread already made.
- Once you pick up the completed 3 pieces of bread off of the machine, it will automatically make the next 3 loaves of bread. That's a great time saver.
- You need the pest spray to get rid of the bugs in the farm that will attack your crops.
- Whenever you see the icon of a bug over your crops, spray them right away.
- You can buy more than one can of spray in order to have easy access to several cans throughout the farm.
- Do a periodic check of the farm to make sure that you don't need to spray in an area you can't see.
- When you see that a crop has the sign that you need to spray and it's glowing red, it means that it's about to finish destroying your crop. Get to it before your crop is dead.
- Water is very important in this game because you have to make sure that you keep the soil well hydrated so they can make some more produce.
- Whenever you see the bucket of water appear over your produce, go to the well and get the bucket to water the plants.
- You have to get a bucket of water for each bucket that appears on the field. Sara can only pick up one bucket at a time so whenever you can afford it start placing some sprinklers around the area.
- You cannot pick up the buckets of water when you have other things in your hand.
- The water sprinklers will not be introduced until week 6 but just because they are introduced in week six doesn't mean that you cannot plan ahead for them starting in week one.
- Once you place a water sprinkler you will notice that it covers exactly 8 crops. That's why it's important to place your crops correctly so you can water all the plants at once and be able to get rid of the wells.
- Keep them near the crop to which they belong so you can get them without walking too far.
- When you see that a bag of seed is flashing it means that you have three more uses for that bag before it's empty.
- Instead of moving soil around you can let a certain type of crop die and then plant the seeds of the new stuff on there.