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Review Farming Simulator 18
Become one with nature and your farm
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 01 Aug 2018, tested on HTC One M8
Tight and intuitive controls
Graphics look dated
I don’t get many opportunities to express my love for farming games ever since Natsume basically stopped creating Harvest Moon games, but farming-inspired games do tend to pop up every now and then. Farming Simulator 18 for Android is a mobile port for its more hardcore PC/console brother. This game was made for handheld systems, however.
If you’re not familiar with Farming Simulator, the premise is all in the name. You will run and manage a realistic farm. How? In a painfully slow manner. You’ll operate every vehicle necessary to till soil, grow crops and raise animals. One cool aspect of the game is how self-sufficient your farm can be. You can grow hay to feed your animals, for instance. Pacing is relatively slow, however. You’ll spend days watching your crops grow at a snail’s pace, and
vehicles maneuver about as slow as you might imagine.
In a game that you would think involves a lot of precise driving, this game handles touch controls really, really well. Your inputs don’t necessarily need to be tight in order for the game to correctly interpret what you’re trying to do. The camera is responsive, there are good shortcuts for everything you need and the buttons are big enough to not worry about accidentally hitting the wrong things.
Overall, Farming Simulator 18 works really well on a mobile phone - much better than I anticipated. While the core gameplay isn’t going to appeal to everyone one (it’s pretty slow paced), I think fans of the original game will really enjoy being able to farm away on mobile.