When Beethoven lived on a farm, he wrote Oat to Joy.
You don’t have to be from a farm to be a great farmer. Hay Day lets you get back to nature and experience the simple life of working the land. It’s a special game set in a real special place. Food grows free, people smile and the animals are always happy to see you.
It never rains here, but the crops never die. And if you’re craving a little bacon, one of the pigs will be happy to fry some up for you. After all, what are pigs... oops, we mean neighbors for?
The backstory is simple: You’ve been left a huge farm to tend to. You’ll raise animals like chickens, cows, and sheep, and you’ll grow and harvest crops like wheat and corn. You’ll also have to juggle to myriad of tasks that goes into sustaining a grade-A ranch. Your critters must be fed and your silo must be painted, for example. Occasionally visitors from town or other farms will swing by, offering you tasks or money for your ware, like eggs or bread.
The controls are smooth. For example, just tap on a plot of land, then run your finger across the field to collect the grown crops. You’ll use the same gestural controls to gather sellable products your animals will yield, like wool or milk. You’re also able to visit your friends’ farms via facebook.
As far as item collection goes, you’ll have to wait in real-time before your farm’s products are ready to be collected and sold. It may take a few minutes for wheat to grow, or a half hour for cows to produce milk. You can speed up the process by using diamonds, of which you have limited quantity, but can acquire more throughout the game.
Hay Day is a fun and nice looking social game and it allows users to enjoy a familiar and well-refined experience of what it looks like to run a farm.