Name: Farm Frenzy 4
Developer: Alawar Entertainment/SPL
Release Date: 25 July 2013
The release of Farm Frenzy 4 has been kept very quiet; there was no public beta version or any previews. Therefore, we were taken aback by surprise to saw this sequel being released. We were even more surprised when this game has been released as a Soft-Release not a main release on Big Fish Games which is not very usual for a sequel of a big franchise like Farm Frenzy. We then started playing...and we know why.
There have been a lot of changes made in Farm Frenzy 4 and we literally mean 'a lot'. The first noticeable change is that the developer has changed from the lovely Melesta to SPL although Alawar is still in the background of production. That might be the reason why this Farm Frenzy is nothing like the previous ones.
Farm Frenzy 4 is in 3D, not the usual 2D. We are not really fond of 3D graphics unless they are done good as 3D graphics most of the times make characters look ugly and can give us a bit of nausea. Farm Frenzy 4 seems to be no exception, the graphics are still very bright and colorful but they are nowhere near as beautiful as the previous Farm Frenzy(s). The main character has a strangely big head and she does not look as pretty as Scarlett. Moreover, you can even control camera angles; but that can give you a real dizziness.
In terms of the gameplay, nothing has really changed. You plant, feed your animals, make products, catch bears and sell the products. In fact, with this new graphics - some buttons are quite difficult to spot. You also now have a new version of level map which is worse since it is very confusing in our opinion. You no longer have to earn stars in order to upgrade machines and move on to the next level. Some might see this as an improvement but that makes the game a lot less challenging. The developer has also added some new stuffs such as owls who when you click will reward you coins and the improved transportation, selling system.
It has been 4 full years since the last main Farm Frenzy game and 2 years since the last sub-Farm Frenzy - so we expected some major improvements; but what this fourth game offers us is nothing other than a huge disappointment.
Graphics: 2.5/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Features: 3/5 Stars
Upgrades: 2.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 2/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 2/5 Stars
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