May 9th 2012. A press release came in through our email system explaining that an unknown publisher was looking for reviewers to preview the upcoming Facebook game, Zombie Farm. It seemed harmless enough, so I decided to take a look at it and write up something on my experience with the game. The release claimed that “Zombie Farm is a fast paced casual game that is instantly accessible to players of all skill levels.” I read through the description and was intrigued by the art style ces miniledfaulkner theverge. It looked interesting enough, so I decided to check it out.
Everything seemed normal at first. The loading screen was barebones but still nice with visuals depicting the apocalypse in a dark yet colorful art style. The settings menu was full of options and looked high quality. I started a new game and created my character, only to have the title screen pop up. It wasn’t what I expected from a zombie apocalypse themed farming simulator, but it still looked nice with colorful visuals that reminded me of the Harvest Moon series.
What happened to zombie farm
My first thought was that the title screen glitch must have been a symptom of early access. I was wrong, as it would turn out. The goal of Zombie Farm is simple enough: you need to survive. In order to do this, you will need to grow certain crops and either sell them or use them for food. You start off with 100 gold, which you can use to purchase seeds slack discord apisbrackenthreatpost. I decided to start with potatoes since they are reportedly easier to grow.
The game is different from the description provided by the publisher in one significant way: Zombies are not involved at all. After starting up my character, I was greeted by an empty farm with only a scarecrow present. The scarecrow gave off a creepy vibe, but I was not initially aware of the significance. After watering my potatoes and waiting for them to grow, I checked in on the game one more time later in the day.
The different types of zombies you’ll encounter
They had all rotted and died. I was unable to give them water at that point, so this made sense. I moved on to the next batch of potatoes rather than waste time trying to revive my dying crops. Once they were ready, I hit a roadblock: there was no option for selling or trading potatoes in the shop, so I couldn’t do anything with them. At this point, I realized that the “Zombie Farm” in the title was not just a gimmick: it was an actual farm full of living, sentient zombies and other creatures.
The scarecrow must have been protecting my crops from them. It gave me a permanent +5 to defense for each of my crops, but it also meant that I was unable to sell or trade any potatoes ea taketwo activisiongallagher streetjournal. This would become a problem later, as the game had no guidance on what I should do next after this point.
Stories from Other Points of View
I decided to try growing watermelons because they are easier to sell for more gold. I still had not encountered a zombie at this point, which made the game easier to play overall. I was able to water my new batch of crops without any problems. The story started from different perspectives from here on out, none of which were explained in any great detail during my time with the preview release of Zombie Farm.
Zombie Farm is still in its alpha stages, so the game will likely improve significantly before its official release. The developers behind Zombie Farm also assured me that they would be introducing zombie-based mechanics at some point during the game’s development cycle. This seemed like it could be quite fun, but I was unable to play long enough to see.