About The Game
Your life on a farm – live it now in fantastic 3D! Life on a farm is a lot of fun, as there always is something exciting to do: care for your animals, cultivate your fields with the tractor or sell self-made products in your own farm shop.
Enjoy loads of real farm activities in fun mini-games. Cultivate fields, harvest vegetables and fruit, collect wood, eggs, truffles and honey, milk the cows, shear the sheep and much more. You can even manage your own farm shop – learn over 100 recipes and produce apple pie, bread, cheese and more to sell!
My Life on a farm 3d offers 17 scenarios to complete.
Each is based on the same farm but all offer a different set of missions and various extras are unlocked as the mission levels advance.
You start the game by naming your farm and choosing the mission you want to play.
They can be played in any order but I assume most will start with scenario 1.
That would make sense as everything you've done when you complete a scenario is carried forward to any others that you take on. (For instance if you build all the pens they are all built when you move onwards to the next scenario even if they aren't used in your current scenario)
Every scenario has it's own set of completion criteria.
This tactic unfortunately failed at the first hurdle (at least for me) one of the tasks on the first scenario is to make mayonnaise (there are over 100 recipes to make) once you know how to make things (I'll get to that in a minute) it's a reasonably simple process for mayo you need eggs (from chickens) and rapeseed oil (from rapeseed harvested by the tractor) having tried Scenario 1 ten times I can confidently state I cannot make rapeseed oil from rapeseed) I use the rapeseed to do so it says it's being created but yet while it takes the ingredients it never actually makes anything therefore no oil which in turn means no mayo and no scenario 1 completion is possible.
I have also tried to make rapeseed oil on two other scenarios (it wasn't required I was just testing and it still wouldn't work on either of them)
Other products were all made fine without any issue.
Another problem that will likely affect players (in particular younger ones) there is no tutorial in the game even though scenario one states you get an easy start to learn the farm the game has absolutely no intention of walking you through anything.
In the defence of the developers I will state the digital manual proved very helpful and certainly gave far more details than many of them do.
Some players bemoan having their hand held through game play as soon as they start a game while others won't like having to check the online manual to find out how to do almost anything.
Somewhere in the middle may have proved a little more helpful but as I've said the online manual is detailed enough to get you through and most should pick up the ease of the game play fairly quickly once they've looked up what they are doing in the first place.
The games music is largely forgettable as It's on a constant loop and doesn't in my opinion remotely suit the game or farming in general.
After a few minutes I turned off the sound and played the entire game without ever putting it back on.
Here's the farm Kitchen where no rape seed will be made.
The graphics aren't much to write home about either but I've seen worse on the 3ds and it is easy enough to make out what everything is.
A number of visitors will stop by your farm from time to time mostly asking to place orders for items somewhat strangely they'll even ask for items you don't have or that aren't even available to you in that scenario so it's an order that's impossible to fill.
Just make sure you actually read what they want and feel free to decline any silly requests.
Occasionally they'll stop by to try and sell you an animal I'd suggest these offers are largely accepted as the offers don't come along as often.
Of course you have to be vigilant even here as they will sometimes offer you animals in poor health. (it doesn't mean you can't accept them but you better give them some attention as soon as they arrive if you do.
Like many farm games these days Animals can be petted with the stylus, the pens cleaned and of course the animals fed.
If you neglect them long enough they may become sick, you can buy medicine from the town outside your farm (I'll get to that in a minute)
But if you fail to do anything to help your sick animal the vet will come around and cure it for you (Then naturally charge you a fee)
If you let the animal become sick a second time you'll be reported to animal welfare and it will be removed from your farm.
You'd have to be quite neglectful for that to happen though.
The town by the farm is a place you'll need to visit to buy more animal feed as well as learning new recipes to create more products it only takes a few seconds to walk from your farm house to the town and doesn't suffer from a single loading screen in between thankfully.
Finally the game makes use of the play coins feature (something more developers could take note of) you can exchange one play coin for $100 of in game currency to help with the purchase of bigger pens ect.
All the animals have their own interactions.
Image provided by Treva Entertainment
Once you understand the controls it's reasonably easy to pick up and play.
A number of different animals each offering their own mini interaction experiences.
17 scenarios to complete give you something to aim for rather than just forever ploughing fields.
Makes use of play coins in a useful way.
Despite the issues with scenario 1, scenario 2 has no such issues.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Appears impossible to make Rapeseed making scenario 1 impossible to complete.
Controls while well presented in the digital guide and easy to learn aren't offered at all in the game when you start.
Visitors in scenarios occasionally ask for items you can't possibly have.
The music is generic and rather annoying.
Recipe book can seem a little over complicated.
Perhaps tomorrow I'll have more luck in the farm kitchen.
I've certainly played worse farming sims in my lifetime than this one.
While the rapeseed issue in the game must be looked at (And I'm sure will be) I haven't come across any other scenario breaking issue (I haven't tried all 17 due to time constraints but have tried 10 of them)
While I think the game would have benefited from a brief opening tutorial or at the very least a pop up reminding people of the digital manual.
The dialogue in the game is a little dull but largely passable.
The animal interaction is fairly standard but I'm sure those that enjoy these types of games will have seen worse.
For the right audience presuming the aforementioned issues are checked / fixed some enjoyment might be had here.
There are better farming games out there but those looking to add some variety will be kept busy for a good few hours.
A review copy of the game was Provided by Treva Entertainment and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.