Farming games aren’t the most popular among mobile games. Still, there is a sizeable and fiercely loyal fan base for this kind of stuff. Farming simulators have several unique game play elements. Players spend money to plant crops and buy animals. They make that money back plus a profit when they harvest the plants and the animals. Each one has its own range of depth and sophistication. Most of the mobile farming sims are on the lighter, more casual side. However, there are some decent ones available as well. Here are the best farming games and simulators for Android!
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Big Little Farmer
Big Little Farmer is a bit unique in the farming games genre. This is one of the few freemium games (in any genre) that also supports complete offline play. Otherwise, it appears to play quite a bit like Farmville. You dig up ground, plant crops, raise animals and harvest their milk and eggs, decoration and customize your farm, and sell your stuff for a profit. The controls are easy enough and there is a metric ton of content to unlock and play with. The basic premise does get repetitive after some time. However, that’s something you’ll find with pretty much all of the freemium farming simulators. Still, this is a good option for casual players.
Blocky Farm is a farm game with Minecraft style graphics. It also has a slightly more arcade game feel than most farming sims do. The game uses the classic mechanics like farming crops and such. However, you also get pets, customization elements, and more. You can also free-drive most of the vehicles if you want to. They help with stuff like crop harvesting, but it’s actually quite funny to see what kind of trouble you get into. Some other mechanics include fishing, pets, a changing weather system, offline game play support, and some NPCs in a nearby town. It looks simple and the arcade style makes the game feel inherently silly. However, it’s actually not half bad for a farming game.
Farming Simulator 18
Price: $4.99 with in-app purchases
Farming Simulator 18 is one of the few big-name farming games on mobile. This one takes the genre a little bit more seriously. You buy and use a variety of tractors and trucks to help you plant stuff, harvest stuff, move stuff, and place stuff. Additionally, players plant and harvest crops as usual, produce various products from animals, and you can even do some extra stuff like breed the pigs. The game lets you hire AI helpers to automate some tasks on the farm so that you just earn money. There is also local multiplayer modes for both local WiFi as well as Bluetooth. The graphics have less of a cartoon quality to them than most other games on the list. This is the one you want to try if you’re really into farming simulators.
Farming USA 2
Price: $3.99 with in-app purchases
Farming USA 2 is kind of a lower fidelity version of Farming Simulator 18. You get a variety of vehicles that help with the various stages of crop growth and harvesting. Additionally, you can sell your crops, hire workers, and play multiplayer with friends. It also features some fun tricks with in-game cameras where you can drive your vehicles from outside or inside of the vehicle. You can even do stuff like remove snow in the winter time. Of course, there are animals, logging, and other activities as well. It also scales up by a lot. For instance, you can raise up to 2,000 pigs if you want to. This is definitely another one of those more serious farming games. However, we feel like Farming Simulator 18 has a tad more polish. Realistically, you can’t go wrong either way.
Farmville (three games)
The popular Facebook game has not one, but three mobile variants. You have Farmville 2: Country Escape, Farmville: Tropic Escape, and Farmville: Harvest Swap. The first two are fairly typical Farmville games. You start a farm, plant crops, earn money, customize your farm, raise animals, build buildings, and all of that jazz. Harvest Swap is actually a match-three game and probably not your best bet for a farming sim or a farming game at all. Tropic Escape and Country Escape basically play the same way. The biggest differences are the setting, the kinds of crops you grow, and the types of items you can craft. They are all freemium games as one would expect. These are excellent for casual play or even for older kids.
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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is the latest Harvest Moon on mobile. It’s also available on the Nintendo Switch as well as Steam. The game isn’t too dissimilar from other Harvest Moon games. You grow crops, tend to your livestock, gather materials, mingle with the nearby townspeople, and more. The goal is to save and rebuild the town’s lighthouse. The mobile version of this game has a few more bugs than we would like. However, most players seem to like it anyway. We do highly recommend that you try this out within the refund time to make sure that it’s compatible with your device and that you’re happy with the performance. It costs a whopping $14.99, but it also has no in-app purchases.
Hay Day is an insanely popular farming game from Supercell, makers of Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, and Brawl Stars. It’s actually a rather larger mobile farming game. You clean up the old farm, plant crops, tend to livestock, and unlock various buildings and other upgrades. There is also a town to explore, a roadside shop to run, a fishing mini-game, and you can even build your own town. It’s a massive experience with a ton of content to do. There is a reason this game has over 100 million downloads. That said, it is a freemium game and suffers from that freemium element a little bit. It’s otherwise quite good.
Idle Farming Empire
Farming games make for excellent idle games as well. Idle Farming Empire is one such game. You basically wait around and money accumulates. You spend that money on upgrades and various things. The upgrades result in more money. Players upgrade their farm, automate multiple tasks for multiple sources of income, and you can even control the weather. It’s more of a relaxing experience than an intense one. After all, the main point is sitting around earning money and then spending it on upgrades. The game is endlessly repetitive. Thus, we expect it to grow boring a little more quickly than your usual mobile game. Still, it’s fun and it’s something a little different.
Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases
Minecraft may be a bit of a reach for us. You can do basically whatever you want in Minecraft. You can mine, you can craft, and you can do stuff like build, farm, fish, and raise animals. In fact, early game in survival mode requires at least some partial farming skills because you do need food to live. You can raise chickens for their eggs, plant various types of crops, and then craft all of that foodstuff into actual food items. Of course, all they actually do in-game is restore health and stave off starvation for a little while. Still, it’s a sizeable part of the game along with everything else. The mobile version of the game also works perfectly with the PC and Xbox One versions of the game so cross-platform support is also a good reason to try this one.
Township is another low-key popular hybrid of a city-builder sim and a farming game. Players build a town, mine for resources, and manage your town as usual. You can also plant crops, raise livestock, and earn money for the town. Another big element is building a zoo where you keep all of the animals safe. It’s obviously a casual game. However, it’s one of the largest that we’ve ever seen. There are basically three mobile games mashed into a single title here and we think that’s why people like it. You won’t get bored with this one anytime soon. It is a freemium game, though, and has some freemium pitfalls. Otherwise, it’s an above average mobile gaming experience.
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January 10, 2019 at 03:29AM