Merge Farm! is a sort of puzzle game/idle clicker hybrid from Gram Games. You’ll have to manage your crops, production of goods, and (digital) physical space if you want to maximize those profits. Gamezebo’s Merge Farm! tips, cheats and strategies will help you get started, and help you keep going.
Back to Basics
- You have to use the basket to collect produce. Crops will grow on their own (and “production” buildings will produce, but we’ll get to those a bit later), but in order to actually gather what’s been grown/made you have to drag the basket over the various plots. Just tap and drag to collect everything that’s currently available.
- The only way to earn money is to fulfill orders. You’ll see a bunch of cartoony character portraits along the top of the screen that denote customer orders (so to speak). By supplying them with the specific goods they require, you’ll earn coins that can be spent on further upgrading your farm and planting more crops.
- Merge to save space and increase output. By merging (i.e. combining) two of the exact same type and level of produce – such as two level 1 tomatoes, two level 4 carrots, etc – you can create one bit of produce at a higher level. So two level 1s become one level 2, two level 2s become one level 3, and so on. Higher levels produce faster and can store a greater number of goods. Plus a level 3 anything takes up a lot less space than four level 1s.
- You can also merge buildings. You’ll unlock the ability to purchase buildings as you gain ranks (from completing orders), and they merge the same way as produce.
- Expand your farm. This won’t be necessary to deal with immediately, but once you start unlocking more kinds of produce you’ll definitely want more space. More space makes it much easier to buy multiple seeds at the same time (it makes merging faster). Plus it gives you the space you’ll need for new seed types and buildings.
- You can sell unwanted plots. By tapping on a plot with produce on it you can bring up a screen to see how fast it grows, what level it’s currently at, and so on. If you then tap the garbage can icon in the top-left corner of the window you’ll be able to sell the selected plot for a few coins. It’s not much, but every little bit helps when you’re starting out.
- Look for green customers and listen for the jingle. Whenever you’ve met the requirements for an order, you’ll hear a chime to let you know – this will happen the moment you get what you need, as well as once you start up the game if anyone is good to go. The icons of customers who’s orders can be completed will also change to green.
- You can see what a customer needs for their order, and how much they’re going to pay, by tapping on their icon. This is a good way to plan ahead, but you can also use it to decide whose orders to fulfill first (i.e. start with the ones that pay better).
- Try to keep everything close together. By grouping your various plots and buildings, you’ll be able to collect from them with a quick pass or two of the basket – rather than having to drag your finger all over the farm.
- The payoff to merging doesn’t really kick in until level 6. As your produce gains levels, the amount of time it takes for more to grow (and the total amount a single plot can store) will increase, but those amounts aren’t much better than having multiple level 1s or 2s. It isn’t until level 6 (the plot will get a wooded planter box around it) that you’ll start to see much faster growth times and greater storage capacities.
- Try to keep your buildings running at all times. Unlike crops, buildings (Bread Factories, Cow Pens, etc) can only produce goods when you’ve supplied them with the produce they need in order to operate. For example, you can’t make bread unless you toss some wheat into it. Once they’re done with a task, they’ll sit idle (and not make you anything you can sell) until you resupply them.
- You might want to think about having more than one juice factory. The juice factory is a bit different than the other buildings you’ll unlock early on because you can turn most types of produce into their corresponding juices – and that means even more types of good that customers will want. And since you can only make one type of juice at a time, having more factories will make fulfilling more orders a bit easier.
- You can temporarily double the amount of goods collected if you tap the button just underneath the basket icon and watch an ad. I normally don’t suggest watching ads for stuff, but doubling the amount of stuff you collect will significantly help with fulfilling orders.
- If you’re going to double your collections, try to do it once you re-open the game after spending time away. At this point many of your plots will be full or close to it, so the effect will be at its most beneficial.
- You can also double up your new seedlings by tapping the double “up arrows” button in the bottom right. This will temporarily make all of the seeds you plant start at level 2, effectively cutting your merge time and costs in half.
- If you decide to double up your seeds like this, wait until you have a decent amount of coins first. That way you can get the doubling effect and then buy a bunch of level two seeds all at once and merge them immediately. It’s a lot faster and easier to manage than buying a few seeds here and there, then having to wait for more money to come in to do it again.
- Grab the falling leaves. By tapping these leaves you’ll drop them into your farm, and once they’re on your farm you can merge them like everything else. Two leaves will make a seed, and two seeds will become a random plot of level 1 produce. This is a great way to save money early on, and even after that you can sell whatever you decide you don’t need.