Farming Simulator 17 (PC)
Simulation 25 October 2016
Farming Simulator 17 is another installment in the series of simulators of farm. This time, the game was published by Focus Home Interactive, but the development was still carried out by GIANTS Software, known from the previous parts of this series. The mechanics remain unchanged - the players become farmers, who need to take good care of their establishment. During the game, much attention has to be paid to the economic side of the management - the right equipment needs to be purchased, used for sawing, gathering crops, and moving the goods around. Traditionally, the player can control many different machines, all with official licenses from real manufacturers, and personally take care of various tasks in the field. The new installment obviously introduces some changes and novelties. Contrary to previous games, Farming Simulator 17 was released on PC, XONE and PS4 simultaneously.
Farming Simulator 15 (PC)
Simulation 30 October 2014
The sixth major installment in the popular farming simulation game series. The franchise makes a comeback to key gaming platforms after a year off, when only smartphone and portable editions were released. The developer, GIANTS Software, prepared another portion of innovations to enhance gameplay. The game lets you play in a new environment (Scandinavian), characterized by different landscape, weather conditions, and vast forests. This time players can cut down trees using specially designed, licensed machines. There is also a car wash, allowing you to keep your vehicles clean. Overall, the gameplay mechanics remained unchanged; as usual, your task is to manage a farm and expand it using the money earned from breeding animals and cultivating land. The sixth installment introduced the series to the eight generation consoles, bringing about significant visual improvements.
Farming Simulator 2013 (PC)
Simulation 25 October 2012
Another installment in a popular simulation game series, developed by Switzerland studio Giants Software. The game puts you in the boots of a professional farmer, who needs to properly manage and develop his farm. This requires you to cultivate land and breed stock, spending the money you earn on new, more efficient machines. The new edition traditionally brings about a score of innovations and improvements. The game features over 20 licensed machines, also new animals and plants were added, as well as details like wilting and rotting of plants. Since the game world is much more expansive than in the last game, you can now purchase land and raise additional buildings. All this comes in improved graphics. The game supports fan-created modifications.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (PC)
Action 18 July 2017
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher is a fantasy action game developed by a novice Australian studio Prideful Sloth. The game takes place on a magical island Gamea and we play as a kid that was sent there by his, or hers, parents. We soon realize that our new home is not the paradise we thought it was and was overtaken by dark forces. Our task is to save Gamea. As we play, we will explore the open world of Gamea, collect various items, solve riddles, and fight with the encountered enemies. Friendly spirits that can dissipate the darkness will aid us in our adventures. The game's main story and side quests are diversified by the many additional activities, like planting and gathering crops, fishing, brewing, cooking, or crafting. As we progress, we will gather more and more resources, finding allies whose help in the war against the darkness will be essential.
Stardew Valley (PC)
RPG 26 February 2016
The debut production from the independent studio Concerned Ape. It is a sandbox RPG that focuses on the life of a farmer. Stardew Valley takes place in a fantasy realm filled with magic, where the player becomes a young farmer whose ambition is to transform his small field into a giant farm generating great profits. The main task of the player is to plant plants, gather the crops and expand the farm with new infrastructure and agricultural products. In order to be more interesting, the game also feature some RPG elements. One can also take active role in the life of the nearby village – make friendships and interact with the inhabitants of the settlement. This unlocks new challenges and earning opportunities for the player. As the game progress, the protagonist gains experience and learns new skills such as farming, mining, fishing, or animal feeding. One can also get married and have children in this randomly generated world.
Pure Farming 18: The Simulator (PC)
Simulation December 2017
An advanced farming simulator developed by Techland in cooperation with the independent studio Ice Flames. Similarly as in other games in the genre, in Pure Farming 17: The Simulator the player assumes the role of a farmer who must maintain his farm. The task requires him to perform various field activities like planting and watering seeds, gathering crops and selling them. Funds obtained in that way can be used for improving the farm and buying new vehicles and farming machines. The game offers many innovative solutions and mechanics that were previously unavailable in other games in the genre.
Cattle and Crops (PC)
A farming simulator developed by a German studio – Masterbrain Bytes. The gameplay revolves around running a farm, which requires players to prove their skills in many agricultural fields. Because of the realistic weather system, on has to tend to sowing, soil fertilization and the crops’ condition – if, during a longer period of drought, one does not irrigate his crops they will wither in an instant. In order to handle the virtual farm in the most effective way, players have to learn how to operate agricultural machinery (the vehicles implemented herein are counterparts to machines of such makes as Claas, Horsch, Dammann, and Mercedes-Benz). This is not easy – the bed’ condition affects how these vehicles behave. Animal husbandry, on the other hand, forces players to take care of the feed, tidy the farmhouse, and prevent any diseases. Luckily, with time, players are able to employ workers, who handle some of the responsibilities and at the same time gain experience and to become even more efficient. Those among the players who are new to this kind of simulator games can make use of a number of facilitations and adjust the difficulty level according to their preference. Apart from the single player campaign, Cattle and Crops offers a Sandbox Mode - in which one can manage his farm with no limitations - as well as a multiplayer mode allowing players to work together.
Farm Expert 2017 (PC)
Simulation 02 September 2016
Another farm simulator developed by PlayWay, a studio experienced in the genre. Farm Expert 2017 traditionally allows the player to assume the role of a farmer who is tasked with maintaining and expanding his farm. His main task is to cultivate the ground with various professional equipment among which there are 170 devices, including vehicles from the world’s leading producers. The farm is also maintained with plant protection products. During the game one can breed animals and grow plants in glass houses where a computer can regulate temperature and air humidity. In comparison to the previous installment of the series, Farm Expert 2017 features more advanced driving physics and soil behavior system. The graphics of the title aren’t much different from the ones in the previous year’s edition of the game.
Farming Simulator 2011 (PC)
Simulation 18 October 2010
A farming simulator from the popular series known simply as Farming Simulator, developed by GIANTS Software studio. Players take on a role of a young farmer who has to develop 4 square kilometers of land. He must gather funds necessary to establish a modern farm, which he can only achieve through hard work. We must cultivate the land, sow plants and harvest crops, as well as trade collected goods. We make use of various farming machines, like tractors, ploughs, seeders, balers, cultivators, etc. (30 in total), which can be bought with the money we earn. Farming Simulator 2011 introduces cattle breeding, with cows requiring constant feeding and taking care of, providing us in return with natural fertilizer and milk. There is also a career mode, which lets us invite other players to cooperation.
Slime Rancher (PC)
Action December 2017
Monomi Park’s sandbox action game with economic simulation game elements. Smile Rancher lets us play as Beatrix Labeau – a farmer girl who travels to Far, Far Range looking for a better life. She decides to make a fortune by breeding the titular slimes – lovable creatures that look like jellybeans. However, our heroine must face various threats, including a hostile species of jelly creatures. Each day starts with Beatrix taking care of the harvest and feeding her creatures their favorite food. Then she must explore to look for plants to cultivate and new species to tame, all of it by using a multifunctional device, which can vacuum various objects and then propel them whenever we want. At the evening, she must return to her ranch and prepare for another day.
Farm Expert 2016 (PC)
Simulation 19 June 2015
A production of the popular agricultural simulation genre. The game was developed by PlayWay, a studio known for such titles as Professional Farmer and Farm Machines Championship. After splitting from the former publisher, the developer decided to continue the series under a completely new brand – Farm Expert. Similarly to many games in this genre, you are in control of a farmer who plants various crops and fruits, rears livestock, buys new machines and agricultural equipment, and finally manages and expands the business, thus the gameplay offers elements of both simulation and economy. There are more than 170 licensed and accurately reproduced machines designed for different agricultural purposes.
Professional Farmer 2015 (PC)
Simulation 05 December 2014
The next installment in one of the most popular farming simulation games, developed by Polish studio PlayWay. The game lets you become a professional farmer working at his agricultural holding, growing crops, breeding animals, hiring employees, and making the business profitable. You can play on either of two different biomes featuring maps of 30 square kilometers each. The variety of works performed on the farm justifies the wide array of over 150 licensed vehicles and farming machines available. The 2015 edition introduces a new branch of production – growing fruits – as well as annual growing cycles. The game features enhanced graphics, including thing like visualization of dirt and wearing out of equipment. Finally, the game introduces multiplayer gameplay, in which players can cooperate developing their farm and fulfilling various objectives together.
Professional Farmer 2017 (PC)
Simulation 23 March 2016
Another installment in the popular farming simulator series, also known as Agrar Simulator. The general gameplay mechanics remain the same, while the game is still divided into simulation and economic parts. In the former, we personally engage in various farming activities, such as field reclamation, animal breeding, crop production, planting trees, and harvesting, using a wide variety of agricultural machines. The money we earn is invested into development of our farm, namely: expanding its infrastructure, hiring employees, and purchasing additional equipment. The realistically modeled calendar of farming work as well as occasionally occurring random problems and obstacles play important roles in the game. In addition, the visuals were enhanced, especially since Professional Farmer 2016 is the first installment of the series to be released on consoles.
Farming Simulator 17: Big Bud DLC (PC)
Simulation 09 May 2017
Farming Simulator 17: Big Bud DLC is an expansion to Farming Simulator 17 developed by the creators of the original game, GIANTS Software. Big Bud DLC requires the base game to be playable. This add-on introduces new agricultural machines like the two enormous tractors: Big Bud 450 and even bigger Big Bud 747. The latter one, designed in 1977, is over eight meters long, six meters wide, weights over fifty tons, and has over 900 horsepower. Unlike Big Bud 450, the 747 one is no longer used and the only 747 tractor ever built is at display at the Heartland museum. Due to their size and weight, both machines have a different 'driving feel' than the ones from the base game. In addition to these two colossal machines, Big Bud DLC introduces a couple of other tractors, spreaders, and ploughs that we can use to make our job on the farm easier.
Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories (PC)
Another installment in the popular series of RPG games that depict the life of a farmer. The game was developed by studio Natsune and is part of a series that was started in the second half of the 90s. In Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories the player becomes a novice farmer and is tasked with rebuilding the former prosperity of a farm and gaining sympathy of the inhabitants of a nearby city by completing various story quests. For completing those missions, the player obtains seeds of memories that contain a record of the most important moments in the life of a character. Although the gameplay returns to the roots of the series, the developers have decided to added some completely new features as well. During the game, the players plant seeds, gather crops, and breed animals. In addition to engaging in farming activities, the players can also cook, go fishing, and work in mines. All of those activities require tools, which, as the game progress, can be upgraded and replaced by new ones.
Wild Season (PC)
RPG 08 December 2015
A farming strategy game with advanced RPG features. The game was inspired by the famous Harvest Moon franchise and it was developed by independent studio Quickfire Games. The player assumes the role of a young farmer who is tasked with returning a dilapidated farm to its former glory. In order to do it the protagonist plants seeds, gathers crops, breeds animals, sells whatever he created and manages his budget. In addition to typical farming actions, Wild Season offers advanced simulation of life. The male or female protagonist can become a part of the local society, interact with neighbors, start friendships and romances, gain money by completing minor quests and even become a member of the local council. The citizens have advanced psychological portraits that include not only basic character traits but also various problems, addictions etc. What’s interesting, the village hides some dark secret to which one can get in various ways. The singleplayer campaign of the game is non-linear and it depends on player’s actions.