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Best Farming Games
My All-Time Favorites for PC
In my experience, farming simulation games offered on the PC tend to be of two types: a more relaxed style where you care for a garden and livestock, like Farmville or the Harvest Moon series, or the more frenzied pace of a dash game where you rush to meet challenges, trying to keep everything cared for and safe while the designers throw predatory challenges at you.
I usually pick up a farming game because I want the calmer simulation experience, but a dash can be fun and addicting, too. My favorites of both styles are listed on this page.
Take the role of Alice Greenfingers as you design, plant, tend your garden, and buy animals to expand. Take your produce to the farmer's market to keep the money coming in.
There's an added complexity to sales as the demand for items shifts and changes. You can adjust your prices accordingly, making higher profit when the demand is high, and holding onto goods or marking them down when demand is low.
The graphics are simple and charming, and the play is relaxing.
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This is a dash game, also known as a time management game. The animals serve as the timers, with varying degrees of patience and fussiness depending on the type of animal.
When you begin, you control the father of a family, alone, as he handles the demands of the farm. In time the rest of the family, one by one, joins to help out, until they're all working together.
Mini games offer a nice change of pace with a fruit picking activity and a match three or swap activity.
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This is a long simulation game, offering hours of relaxing play. While casual games in the same genre often tend to be pretty simple and very similar, this one stands out as one of my absolute favorites.
The qualities I liked most were the sheer length and the fact that you weren't confined to one farm, with just one set of increasingly difficult challenges, as you went along.
Instead, you advance through a variety of areas with differing environments, building up one farm after another. Your ultimate goal is to restore the valley, inspiring others along the way.
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My Farm Life 2
I really liked the premise of this one: you're filming a farming tv show set on an urban rooftop. The planting, animal care, and harvesting portion is similar to Farm Craft, which I love.
For each level, you have certain crop level goals. In addition, you may have a customer with orders to fill.
Sadly, I couldn't get screenshots, but there's a demo up on Amazon right now, so you can see it that way. It's well worth checking out.
It's a wild dash as you care for your animals and collect their produce. Quick, process the produce to turn it into better items with a higher sale price, then send it off to market on your truck.
And always watch out for the bears that will scare off your stock! And don't forget to grab all the produce before it vanishes.
This original Farm Frenzy is frenzied, entertaining, and addicting, with 45 challenging levels, and some twists of humor along the way.
Later titles in the series added even more zaniness, from Viking Heroes to Madagascar and even the Ice Age. I've loved every one. Fans of farm themed dash games should definitely check the series out.
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This is another time management, dash-type farming game where you keep your livestock and crops happy and cared for. An additional challenge is keeping the crows and rabbits out of your fields.
The goal is to build up your farm and expand the types of products you can produce. Then send your produce off to town on the back of a quaint and eco-friendly bike.
There's also a fun hidden object mini game.
The art style is so lovely, I found this game one of the most charming to play of those on my list.
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Ranch Rush is a cool twist on the dash genre. In it, you try to turn three acres into a thriving ranch by growing crops and caring for livestock to fill produce orders for the townspeople.
As you upgrade you'll be able to obtain fancier livestock and create more products from your produce.
I enjoyed the daily orders, the projected goals, and the weekly farmer's market, in addition to the usual crop raising and animal care.
80 fun levels.
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More Ranch Rush Gameplay:
In Ranch Rush 2, Sara sets up in the tropics with the help of a new friend: a monkey named Coco. Crops include pomegranates and pineapples; animals include peacocks and llamas.
I really enjoyed both Ranch Rush games, and appreciated that RR 2 gave us very different crops and animals than the first while keeping the game play I found so fun in the first one. Ranch Rush 2 also offers a fishing mini-game, which I liked better than the real thing.
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The Harvest Moon Games farming simulation video games have appeared on many consoles and handhelds video game systems over the years. I'm not sure if they were the first game of this type, but they were the earliest I ever heard of or played. Initially, the main character was a boy, but they're now available with a choice of your character's gender.
Currently, you can find the Harvest Moon series on PSP, Playstation 2, Nintendo DS, and Wii. They offer countless hours of entertainment with open ended play. Develop your land, grow crops, care for livestock and pets, cook, mine, fish, interact with your town, and even marry and have a family if you wish.
I have a few other fun farming simulation game recommendations here: 10 games like Harvest Moon.