Farming seems to be one of the latest game-playing crazes. Your virtual self grows crops and raises livestock, hopefully creating a success business for yourself in the process. However, all this virtual time with fake plants and animals can make a gamer go virtually nutty. Even our electronic existence wants to taste the good life every now and then. And with Farm Frenzy 2: Pizza Party by Alawar Entertainment, Inc, users can farm with a new task in mind.
As a part of the Farm Frenzy line, Farm Frenzy 2: Pizza Party’s point-and-click style helps users grow crops, feed their animals, collect their goods and turn everything into the ingredients necessary for making all types of pizzas.
When greeted by the home screen, users will see three buttons across the bottom of the screen: Awards, New Game and Credits. To get started, tap New Game to be taken to a map layout. Here, you will find the labeled blue level button, which you must tap to start the game. For the first level, you must grow grass to feed your chicken so that she will produce eggs. Collect two eggs in record time and you will earn an award, which will be added to your collection on the Awards page.
As you continue, more challenges are added to complicate the task of collecting eggs and earning awards, requiring you to raise funds to build various buildings necessary to turn your animals’ products into the ingredients needed for making a yummy pizza. You will even find yourself fending off bears to save your livestock and protect your investments. Tap the bear a few times and you will have him trapped in a cage. Add him to your goods and you can sell him off and make some extra money as you pack him onto your transport truck. While they do pose a threat, all you must do is keep a watchful eye on your screen to stop them before they stop you.
While I’m usually not a fan of games that require the thought and time investment that Farm Frenzy 2: Pizza Party entails, I was already hooked by the time I had to start building my own factories. Somehow, tasks that had more and more challenges and obstacles added made me even more determined to figure out the best strategy for completing the level. Okay, so maybe I rarely beat the listed “Best Time” and I hardly received any awards or accolades, but my desire to complete each level kept pushing me forward, which is exactly what a good game should do. Grabbing the gamer in the early stages of game play is the perfect tactic for ensuring that users will continue to come back for more (and possibly check out related titles to satisfy the onset of their addiction).
Note: The developers warn that, when played on an iPhone 3G or iPod Touch running iOS4, the game might become unstable. Those who experience a crash should email the developers with the detail of their case in order to help them rectify the issue.
Farm Frenzy 2: Pizza Party requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.