What Makes Hay Day a Popular Farming Game?



I’m not gonna lie to you. This is the most mundane and overused video game concept I’ve ever played in my life. At least, that was my impression before playing this game called Hay Day. It’s like a mashed up version of Farmville, Farm Town, Harvest Moon and all those farm games that I can think of. I should also mention I have this feeling of getting easily bored by simulator games like this. Surpassed only by the fact that I am doing this for a professional cause.

Hay Day is both a game managing farm and doing different farm works which kind of repetitive and tedious at times. Actually, it’s about lots of crap that you can think of growing. And that’s the everything about this game. You need to care of your farm, and the whole game is getting this to progress. There will be also stuff like restaurants ordering vegetables, floral shops ordering flowers, and that you have to tend to it. In short, grow stuff, ship it out, learn to grow new stuff, ship that stuff, and get rewards.

Like a lot of farming games, it operates on a daily schedule. So every day, you kind of get to choose what to do and what to prioritize. It is about managing your time because it is inevitable that you will be bombarded of so much work and you have to decide for yourself what is the best course of action. There might be a friend outside, waiting to place an order. There might be a letter in your mailbox, which usually leads to minigames, that unlock new seeds. And of course, there’s your farm and everything on it. That’s where the bulk of the game takes place. That’s where you plant, grow and harvest more than 50 kinds of plants. So it’s a lot of daily upkeep, as well as management. You only have a certain amount of space to work with. So you can only plant so much stuff at once.

It’s a really simple game, but it’s also loads of fun and challenging at times. And what I like about this one, compared to some of those that were released ahead of it is the management stuff and option to get the best Hay Day diamond. So instead of just a selection of minigames, it’s all placed within the context of operating a farm. You have to pay attention to orders, you have manage your garden and as do that, and have successful harvests, your farm actually levels up. Which means it gets bigger, and there’s even more to do.

Hay Day is majority farming simulation elements, and all placed within the framework of what is really a game about management. The concept is nothing new but I love it. I love the design, I love the simplicity. All these individual parts really come together well. But there is room for criticism in terms of the individual parts. Fortunately, the interface is generally well done.  Games like this always amaze me, because it somehow find a way to make mundane busywork…fun.

Call of Duty Heroes – Strategy Game at its Best


The first ever Call of Duty game was a very good video game. And so is that second one. Actually back in the day that two titles started what COD has become in the recent years. And when I was a kid, not playing these titles was a definite blow to my emotional development. Like, when you’re around 8  years of age, you don’t really have any experience with disappointment. I mean, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Early bedtime?  Like, that’s tragedy, when you’re 8. So imagine how I felt when my parents, when both of them started telling me to stop playing Call of Duty because it is too violent with all those killing and blood, not to mention the guns.

Thanks a lot to my parents. Perhaps, they just want the best out of my childhood. So I went oh, probably 10years without playing any of Activision’s Call of Duty game again. I’m serious, it’s not funny, Activision. So when I saw this new game Call of Duty Heroes which is basically not the usual violent looking first-person shooter game, well, I reevaluated my decision of not playing COD games.  Listen, I may have a lot of personal problems, but I’m a totally in love when it comes to strategy games on mobile devices nowadays. So I decided to give this game a shot in the hope of making a good memory in this new era of Activision game.

It wasn’t very long until I realized something wasn’t right. Because something was right. This wasn’t that crushing blow to my emotional development that I remembered. This was something good. Something decent. Something pure. This was new Call of Duty Heroes game. And never has one word made such a difference. So I had no idea this game even existed. That’s partially because of where I live, partially because I made a life decision to ignore these game titles. But as it turns out, while Activision ruined our childhood here in the States, things were different in Europe. And Japan, too. Because they didn’t get the same treatment as we did.  Like, legitimately. This is seriously one of the best base building games I’ve ever played on my iPad.

I’m not a hardcore gamer but I’ve never been more eager of a mobile game in my life. I would’ve given anything to have this game played every time I have a spare time.  My psychiatrist would’ve appreciated it, too. So where Activision’s game  is a worthless piece of slime, ignorant disgusting blob, with a weak electrochemical bond, this is like, a well-designed video game can be downloaded at their site. Imagine that.  You can tell some genuine effort went into this. I mean, there are lots of games on the same genre today that don’t capture their players’ attention as much as this game does. So the detail is great, the sprites are adorable and it’s got an awesome soundtrack, which actually includes music from those Call of Duty games we loved. And the thing that really sets it apart is that it plays as sharp in 3D as it looks. In fact, the central gameplay mechanic might be the game’s greatest achievement.

It’s one of those games that embraced the limitations of simple controllers to deliver gameplay that was precise, fast and addictive. Gameplay that still holds up, too. In fact, this Call of Duty Heroes game kind of reminds me of Clash of Clans but with a much better overall experience. And that’s kind of insane. I guess if I have any complaints some of the enemies are a bit of a stretch. And some of the levels feel a bit long which is understandable, since there’s not many. For those playing this game right now, consider yourselves lucky. How I wish I was have known this game earlier. Nevertheless, the game bring some memories and gamers don’t really get old, so I will be brutally honest of saying — I am loving this game!

Game Perspective: Boom Beach After a Year


It has been a year since Boom Beach has been released by SuperCell. I guess it is just apt for us to look at the things on how the turned out after it was being dubbed as Clash of Clans copycat and competition withstanding the fact that it has been created by the same company. Well at first many of us even those who are authority when it comes to the gaming world the legitimacy of the game and its aim knowing the fact that COC is already making waves and tons of money with its allegedly 2 million US dollars revenue per day. In addition, things seem to be counter productive for the company making a new title that is and can be  a potential factor for lessening the player base of a well established game in Clash of Clans? After a year, I guess things have been clearer for us who where once a questioning mind to Boom Beach.

The gaming community November last year was kind of shock when they knew about the release of a new game by SuperCell. At first they were hyped up knowing the reputation that the company has already built on. After sometime, the gaming public realized that the game is quite similar to the Clash of Clans. In fact there are subtle differences. Not to mention that there are lots of features that are missing to the game that can potentially be a deal breaker for those who have fallen in love with a full bloom freemium base building strategy game. Despite all that has been said, Supercell came out strong and undaunted. They know that they have better plans and that it can turn the tables for them. Thus, the game continued to be available worldwide after some stint on its beta phase.

It is safe to say that the game pretty much negated all those who doubted it. Yes, it is somehow similar to Clash of Clans but ultimately there are features that makes it unique and gives fans a better gameplay as far as personal gaming experience is concern. The game is not there to compete with the its big brother but rather it is there to give fans an options to enjoy other games with the same feel while they wait on a lengthy battle of upgrades. Apart from that, it also has better implementation of the “Freemium” marketing scheme. And lastly the game is there for future proofing of the company. They know that somehow Clash of Clans will be dead soon.