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Game Addictions - My Addiction to Hay Day
Hay Day Cow
SuperCell - Hay Day
- SuperCell is a video game company from Finland. The company makes online games and started making them for mobile devices (like the iPad) in 2011. Forbes says it is the fastest growing company ever...I think Hay Day has something to do with that. Of course it can also be downloaded to iPhones and iPod touch.
- Facebook claims Hay Day is "the simple life in the palm of your hand".
- There are Hay Day "Cheat Forums" available all over the Internet.
The Beginning of the End
It began so simply. I'm sure you've heard that saying many times but its true. My four year old grandson frequently puts games on my iPad. One day he said, "Grandma can I put Hay Day on your iPad? Its free." How can you refuse your grandson, especially when its free! So, I replied, "Yes, of course."
When he first put the game on my iPad, I watched him play. What a cute little game. Its a farm. Actually, it's your farm and it is your responsibility to grow the crops, collect them when they're ready, take care of the animals by feeding them and collecting their eggs, milk, wool, etc. when it is ready and helping to grow your farm by purchasing more land or animals, etc. Easy enough. Ah, but there's the catch. There is more to it than that.
You have a farm stand too where you can sell your wares and earn money. Money to buy more for your animals and your farm. You can buy cake ovens and smelters, you can buy dogs and cats that get you extra points when you feed them. I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, but it seems I always do when it comes to Hay Day. Just when you think you're satisfied, there's one more crop to pick or one more animal to feed and if that's not enough those animals provide you with eggs, and milk, and wool and all the things you need to build your farm!
Every action you complete on Hay Day gives you stars. As you collect stars your score rises and when it hits the right amount you move to the next level.
Hay Day Farm
Great way to play your Hay Day
How I Started
I started with a small farm. The one my grandson left me with which was probably a Level Two farmer already. I had chickens and cows and wheat and corn. As I grew more and sold some at my farm stand I was able to buy some sheep. Once I had the sheep I could use their wool to make a sweater. When I bought more land to plant I could plant lavender which let me make blue sweaters and hats. That was of course after I bought the loom.
At each level a farmer can buy more things; from animals to ovens. Right now I'm up to a Level 26 and I'm waiting for my diamond mine to open up. It took me awhile to save the money to buy the ability to open it, but I finally made it this morning.
Of course just like anywhere else you need money to buy things. You sell your stuff through your roadside stand, a delivery truck, and little men and women that appear on your farm wanting to buy certain things. Sometimes you have to say no to your visitors though because they want things you're not ready to sell.
Then there's the diamonds! After completing certain achievements or by finding them in mysteriously appearing lock boxes, you can collect diamonds to buy things quicker.
The first time I planted a crop and watched it grow I have to admit, I was hooked. You tap an empty field and your available crops appear in a small window. You pick the one you want to plant and drag it over your field(s) to plant. What's cool is for every plant you plant, you harvest two. That's how things begin to grow.
Different ways to play with the farm!
Roadside Stand and Newspaper
The roadside stand is well known to any small farmer. In Hay Day you start out with eight selling slots. Each slot can be filled with items to sell. For example, you can sell one piece of wheat or you can sell 10 or more. Each time you sell something, you get the money. As your money increases you can get enough to move to the next level.
You can add to those eight selling slots by buying another with diamonds or by adding new friends from Facebook. I haven't gotten into that as I don't know if I want to expose my friends to Hay Day, they surely have other things to do.
You can also buy things from the roadside stands of others. Things you need to make something on your farm or things you need to help you move to the next level. For example, if you don't have enough feed for your cows, you can buy some at someone else's roadside stand. You can find the items of others in the local newspaper, the "Daily Dirt". Advertisements are placed in the newspaper and if you have enough money you can buy something you need.
Advertisements can be free or paid for. Every four minutes you have the ability to post a free ad or if you're in a hurry you can use diamonds to pay for your ad. Just like real life, the more people who see your ads the quicker you'll sell things. I guess you could say in Hay Day the newspaper is the marketplace. You set the price of your item in the newspaper ad. Most people, of course, choose the highest price to get the most for their products.
Intro to Hay Day
Your dog can play Hay Day too!
Would you play Hay Day?
Increasing in Hay Day
If your barn fills up or your silo is maxed out you can increase the size of either. However, you need to collect the items necessary for your expansion. Seriously, this is a game that makes you think.
If you want to increase the storage in your barn for example, you need enough bolts, boards and masking tape. Don't ask me why you need masking tape but you do. As your levels increase you need more of each item to build. The silo needs nails, screws, and boards. I have to say the building materials are the hardest to find. Oh you'll get some as you pick your crops or make your products but it seems the bolts and nails are the hardest to get. When you search the newspaper it seems every time you find one its already been sold. Don't despair, it can be done.
When you reach a new level you'll be able to buy a field or a cow pasture or stable, etc., depending of course, on whether or not you have enough money. Once you buy one of them you can then buy one animal at a time to fill it up.
Certain levels allow you to buy more fields to grow more crops. You do have to be careful when growing crops that you keep enough to allow you to plant more. You can buy fruit trees and bushes and lots of things to decorate your farm.
Are you confused? Bored? Not interested? Understandable. However, if I've peaked your interest at all you might want to try playing Hay Day but be forewarned it is addictive! I know I'm not the only person who's gotten addicted. I personally know several people who play Hay Day everyday and for more hours than they probably should.
Are you willing to give it a try?
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