Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is a free-to-play farming title that will attempt to corner the market that went gaga over The Simpsons: Tapped Out.
“It’s a pleasure to see you at the Drunken Clam,” says Mayor Adam West to a tipsy crowd. No, this isn’t an episode of Fox’s ‘Family Guy,’ this is real life.
Boom Beach starts in rather slow fashion, as you're slowly building a fortress and village to defend against oncoming enemies. What begins as a farming title eventually transforms into a combat strategy game, and within the first half-hour of playing you'll have witnessed a wonderfully balanced combination of both genres. Boom Beach is free-to-play, but don't be surprised if this game takes a bite out of your milk money.
Tiny City is the Groundhog Day of farming games, and depending on your love of repetition will either keep you at bay or whet your appetite. Since this app is free-to-play, the idea of constructing a metropolis out of a tiny town won't happen overnight unless you spend a bit of cash. Even with this annoying aspect at its base, Tiny City is part of my daily app play rotation.
Building on its 2009 title, The Tribez, Game Insight takes the munchin' peons from its original title and moves them up from fending for themselves in the wilderness to the stronghold setting of The Tribez & Castlez. Of course, taking such underdeveloped folk and moving them into a new plateau of technology doesn't come without a few follies. As we see in The Tribez & Castlez, there is a huge price to be paid for settling a vast world.
Having played a beta Star Wars: Tiny Death Star two weeks ago, I was eager to see if the folks at Nimblebit fixed all its bugs. A merging of the Star Wars and Tiny Tower worlds seemed like the perfect marriage, and the app did show promise during its beta mode. But the dress rehearsal is over, and now the game can be judged as a finished product. If all those kinks were fixed, this 8-bit driven journey would be a trip worth taking.
Rune Factory 4 is the latest iteration in the Harvest Moon spin-off series that combines the peace and tranquility of farming with the rough-and-tumble life of a monster-slaying adventurer. The two gameplay mechanics might sound strange when put together like that, but considering that this is the sixth game in the series, they must be doing something right.
A few weeks ago, Nintendo released four new StreetPass games for the 3DS. Unfortunately, it’s hard to reliably find StreetPass tags even when living in a densely populated area. Luckily, there is a way to guarantee StreetPass hits: conventions! Arcade Sushi recently took our 3DSes to Otakon to see how these games fare under heavy StreetPass traffic, in order to give them a fair review. Our final review is Flower Town, the biggest StreetPass title there is, that still manages to have the least to do.
Based on the popular board game of the same name, Agricola is a farming game that actually has you build your own farm. Most titles in this genre enable players to construct their own cities, but Agricola illustrates life in 17th century Europe. As a farmer who's raising a family, it's your job to keep everyone fed or else they will end up begging for food. If you're not too excited about harvesting crops or building stables, don't let that deter you -- this is a worthy iOS experience that is perfect for the iPad.
Farming game enthusiasts who need an alternative to The Simpsons: Tapped Out should give Epic, a title based on the 3D animated feature of the same name, a shot. The goal is to build a mini kingdom in the middle of a forest and aid a group of warriors named the Leafmen in their battle against the environmentally-unfriendly Boggans. If you hold a connection with Mother Nature or just love the color, this free-to-download title is worth a peek.