Embrace Your Inner Farmer in Hay Day – iPad App Review

A great many of us can barely keep a houseplant alive and we certainly haven’t harvested a crop or milked a cow (or painted a barn), but Hay Day lets us pretend that we are farming experts! One of the first activities in the game involves buying some chickens which brings eggs to the party while getting you closer to owning pigs, sheep, horses or goats.

Of course, it’s all very good to own the animals but they also require feeding and care; meaning it doesn’t take long before you realize just how much work the job entails.

Hay Day has a whimsical interface that is very enjoyable to work with. The animals are animated and silly and keep your farm chores interesting. As you level up within the game, you get new crops to plant, animals to adopt and structures to build.

Adults will enjoy the addictive simulation nature of the game, but children will also enjoy learning what it takes to care for animals, plant crops and even evolving their harvest into products like bakery fresh bread (while also appreciating the need for organization, planning and patience).

It didn’t take me long to become a level 5 farmer, but by that point the level of complexity in the game had increased exponentially (as did my enjoyment while playing it).

What I liked: The tutorial that kicks off the game is the perfect amount of helpful without going overboard.

What I didn’t like: I really enjoyed the sound effects so was thankful that I could turn the background music off independently of the other noises –it was so irritating I wouldn’t have been able to play the game.

To buy or not to buy: If you can’t get enough of role-playing style Sim games, Hay Day will be a welcome addition to your app library.

  • App Name: Hay Day
  • Version Reviewed: 1.4.43
  • Category: Games
  • Developer: Supercell
  • Price: Free
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