Farm Together – XBOX ONE Review
Farm Together is the new game from Milkstone Studios who previously made Avatar farm on the Xbox 360, at first view this reminded me of a lot of the free to play shovelware that appears on various mobile app stores and draws players in to the game before slamming everything behind huge timers or paywalls.
Now don’t get me wrong there are timers in Farm Together but these aren’t the type that cause you stress and make you feel like you have to pay to get past them, in some ways later in the game you feel thankful for the time until your corn is ready to harvest to give you time to do other jobs on your farm.
You start off with a very basic template, a small amount of cash and a few diamonds, in terms of currency you purchase your crops using cash, after you harvest and sell the crops through various different outlets such as the vegetable stall, fruit stall or many other store fronts that you can buy.
You end up rewarded with money, diamonds and XP from your sales which then allows you to plant more and make more money back, so far so straightforward.
Furthermore you have quests to complete which involve things like harvesting a set amount of crops or harvesting from your trees (or even animals), the quests give you more XP or even some rosettes which you can use to trade for some of the more useful items in the shop such as sprinklers, stores or feeders for your animals.
The seasons change every 17 minutes and you will find that some of your crops can only be sowed in certain seasons so you’ll need to allocate your field space and wait until you are ready to plant.
There is an element of grind to the game as each crop, tree, fish or animal has its own individual level which will rise as you harvest them each time, this will also give you more reward for each one you harvest and in some cases it will even open up other variants of the crop, for instance Blue Grapes will open up Green Grapes when they hit level 10.
Even though there is this element of grind to the game it never becomes oppressive and there is always something you can be doing to keep yourself busy or be planning what you are going to do next, it never feels like you can’t achieve something and it just feels quite pleasant to disappear into the game without there being any stress there.
The game looks great and there is a warmth to the graphical style, the audio is functional albeit the music can become a little samey but I seemed to block it out while I was wandering around tending to my farm anyway. The biggest problem that I will level at the game which does let it down is the draw distance.
It looks like it has been set the way it is on purpose as the farm map can be huge once all the areas are unlocked, the map can also be packed with items too.
However the pop on in the visuals is everywhere even on the Xbox One X with you only having a viewable range of about 200 metres it’s just a bit of shame as I think once your farm gets to the later levels it would look stunning to be able to see much further across it, hopefully the developers can improve this in forthcoming patches.
The ability to visit other farms is currently not working at the time of the review but a patch has already been sent to Microsoft for approval so should be fixed in the next few days or already done by the time you read this.
Overall I won’t hesitate in recommending this game if you just want something casual to spend a bit of time with, the game has a therapeutic edge and really takes you away to its own little world. I’d also give kudos to the developers for their work on balancing the game and the lack of horrendous paywalls. There are a couple of DLC packs available for purchase which are purely cosmetic, they are not in any way a forced purchase, given the great price of the game I’m sure people will snap them up.
Review Code kindly provided by Milkstone Studios
Developer: Milkstone Studios
Publisher: Milkstone Studios