Farming Games Market

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My Time at Portia, Township, and Staxel

My Time at Portia is a simulation role-playing game about farming. Township is a casual strategy and management game that allows players to build a city and farm. Staxel, on the other hand, is a sandbox game about farming that allows for multiple players.

My Time at Portia

Gameplay Overview

  • My Time of Portia is a simulation role-playing game that is set in the enchanting town of Portia.
  • In the game, players start their new life as a builder and must assist with rebuilding the town.
  • Players are able to craft and build, mine for relics, farm and maintain livestock, fight monsters, and loot dungeons.
  • My Time at Portia was developed by Pathea Games and published by Team 17 Digital Limited.
  • The game is available on the following platforms: Steam, GOG, and Epic Games Store. The game is also available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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User Experience Overview

  • Steam players have expressed satisfaction at playing My Time at Portia. Reviewers using Steam have described the game as a must-have, a game that they would recommend.
  • In the last thirty days, 96% of the users have given the game a positive rating.
  • Nintendo Switch users have commented that the game is fun and addicting, has lovely visuals and a variety of fun tasks.
  • However, some users are complaining about the long loading time and that the game freezes quite often.
  • PlayStation 4 users have commented that the game has a ton of crafting and that they would highly recommend it. The game’s story line has received positive feedback and is deemed as entertaining.
  • PlayStation 4 users are complaining about the loading times associated with the game. Other users have commented that the game is an imitation of Star Valley.

Township

Gameplay Overview


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The Animation Quality

  • Reviewers have described Township’s animation as being the most decent they have seen for a game of its kind.
  • The graphics on the game have been described as having good quality and being very detailed for a game of its kind.


User Experience Overview

  • Township has received mostly positive reviews from its users. Some have commented that the game is very good, fun, addictive, and interesting.
  • Users have complained however that the game is falsely advertised and is nothing like the advertisement.
  • Those that have downloaded the game from Amazon gave mostly positive feedback, 64% of the game's rating was five-star.
  • Users on Sensor Tower rated the game 4.5 stars. They believe the game is "good for passing time", "amazing", and "sweet".

Staxel

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Village and Farm, Family Farm Seaside, and Hay Day

More than 10 million users play Village and Farm on Android devices. FunPlus is the publisher of Family Farm Seaside. The game allows the players to customize their farm, grow animals, and plant crops.

VILLAGE AND FARM

  • Village and Farm has more than 10 million Android players and 10,000 iOS players. Playday Games is the publisher of this game.
  • The game is set in the Middle Ages or medieval period. In Village and Farm, players can plant crops, cook a variety of dishes, feed their pets, trade with other players, complete quests and missions, and customize their farm.
  • Village and Farm has generated $6,000 from iOS devices and $10,000 from Android devices.
  • The majority of the players find the animation and graphics of the game pleasing and relaxing. However, some players state that certain changes are required to make the animation and graphics even more appealing.
  • About 2.75 million players have reviewed Village and Farm on the Google Play Store. The game has received a 4.5/5 star rating in total. Therefore, the overall user experience of the game is positive. However, several players consider Village and Farm to be a replication of Hay Day and find it unoriginal. Additionally, the majority of the players think there is room for improvement and give suggestions.

FAMILY FARM SEASIDE

  • Family Farm Seaside has more than 60 million Android players and 80,000 iOS players. FunPlus is the publisher of this game.
  • In the game, players can customize their farm, grow animals, and plant crops. Quests and daily orders are available to keep the players engaged. Additionally, there are contests where players can compete with one another to win special items.
  • Family Farm Seaside has generated $700k from Android devices and $500,000 from iOS devices.
  • The majority of players like the graphics and the animation of the game. There are no negative reviews concerning the animation quality of the game.
  • About 15 million players have reviewed Family Farm Seaside on the Google Play Store. The game has received a 4.4/5 star rating in total. Therefore, the overall user experience of the game is positive. But a lot of players find the game to be expensive and dislike how the game crashes or freezes frequently.

HAY DAY

  • Hay Day has more than 1 billion Android players and 800,000 iOS players. Supercell is the publisher of this game.
  • Hay Day allows the players to grow and customize their farms. By completing orders, the crops and goods that are collected in the game can be traded or sold to neighbors and friends who are NPCs and other players. As the players level up, new buildings, animals, crops, etc are unlocked.
  • Hay Day has generated $4 million from iOS devices and $3 million from Android devices.
  • Most of the players favor the graphics and the animation quality of Hay Day. No negative reviews were traced regarding the animation quality of this game.
  • About 1 billion players have reviewed Hay Day on the Google Play Store. The game has received a 4.5/5 star rating in total. Therefore, the overall user experience of Hay Day is positive. However, there are a few downsides to the game that the players point out such as the amount of time taken to load the game, how the game requires real money to actually make some progress or win, how building and making things in the game takes a long time, and how the game crashes frequently.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

There is no precompiled data available in the public domain regarding the number of users or players of Hay Day, Village and Farm, and Family Farm Seaside. We examined the official website of the games and several third-party sources such as The Verge, Forbes, Venture Beat, and Techcrunch to find the information. But the required data couldn’t be located. Therefore, we provided the number of installs as proxy data. Since the Apple App Store does not provide the number of installs, we had to use Sensor Tower, a third-party source to find the number of downloads. We found an article from Forbes published in 2013 stating that Hay Day draws 4 million players per day.
We utilized the reviews found on the Google Play Store to find information regarding the animation quality and the user experience of the three games. There were very few reviews about the animation quality. Therefore, we also included the reviews about the games’ graphics to provide a comprehensive view. To analyze the user experience, we used the rating and the frequently repeated subject of the reviews. We did not consider the reviews found on the App Store due to the inability to provide links to specific reviews. This feature is not available. Nevertheless, upon reading the reviews, the subject matter was more or less the same.
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Harvest Moon and Stardue Valley

There are 28 main games in the Harvest Moon series and 14 spin-offs. Stardew Valley has sold more than 10 million copies to date since its release in 2016.

HARVEST MOON

  • Story of Seasons, formerly known as Harvest Moon or Bokujō Monogatari, is a farming simulation role-playing game.
  • In 2011, Rising Star sold more than 1 million copies of Harvest Moon in PAL territories. In 2015, Xseed, revealed that the game has sold 100,000 copies in North America alone.
  • In Japan, the game sold 948,000 copies.
  • In Japan, North American, and PAL territories, the game’s publishers are Marvelous, Xseed, and Nintendo, respectively.
  • Story of Seasons and the original Harvest Moon series games are available on SNES, Nintendo, Gamecube, Wii, PC, PlayStation, Gameboy, Android, and iOS.
  • There are three games in the Story of Seasons series. On the other hand, there are 28 main games in the Harvest Moon series and 14 spin-off games.
  • In Story of Seasons, the player starts the game by moving to a small village. The character’s gender and appearance can be customized. Sowing, watering, and harvesting crops and plants are part of the game.
  • The player can also choose the type of pet he/she wants to own. The level of difficulty can be chosen to suit the preferences of the player.
  • There is a marriage system available in the game, where the player can get married to an NPC (bachelor or bachelorette). Likewise, a friendship system is available as well, where the players can befriend several NPCs.

STARDEW VALLEY

  • Since its release in 2016, Stardew Valley has sold over 10 million copies.
  • Stardew Valley is available on PC, console, and mobile — PS4, XBox One, Nintendo Switch, PS Vita, iOS, and Android. According to a source, Steam dominates the sales.
  • The game starts with the player inheriting his/her grandfather’s farmland. There are several options available to customize the character.
  • A unique name can be given to the farm. The players can choose between the type of pets they want to own. The game components alter based on the farm map that is chosen.
  • Farming, fishing, mining, foraging, etc are some of the ways the players can earn income in the game. Since Stardew Valley is an open-ended game, the players can level up non-linearly.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

Despite comprehensive rersearch, we were unable to identify the revenue-generating devices, the animation quality, and the user experience of Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley. There is very limited information available in the public domain concerning both the games. Additionally, the majority of the existing data is very outdated. Since the number of users of Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley was unavailable, we provided the number of copies sold as proxy data. The gameplay of both the games was garnered through the official website of the games and third-party sources.
To identify the revenue-generating devices of both the games, we examined media sources such as The Verge and TechCrunch. Nothing relevant turned up. We couldn’t trace any recent nor old source concerning the said subject. Next, we tried to find the annual reports of the publishers to find the segmentation of sales based on devices. However, we couldn’t find any annual reports. In the course of our research, we found the platforms the games are available and included them in the findings.
To identify the animation quality and the user experience of the games, we scanned game review websites such as Gamespot, Gaming Nexus, and Metacritic. There were very few reviews available and they did not reveal anything relevant. Although the same research approach was applied to identify the required data for both the games, for Harvest Moon, we searched for the information under three different names — Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, and Bokujō Monogatari. Nevertheless, the results were the same and nothing pertaining to what we were looking for turned up.

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Other Farming Games

Examples of farming games include Peckin' Pixels, Goodgame Big Farm, Family Barn, The Tiny Farmer, and Howdy Farmer. All the above-listed games are available to web browsers, however, Big Farm and Family Barn can be played on apps.


Peckin’ Pixels


Goodgame Big Farm


Family Barn


The Tiny Farmer


Howdy Farm



Research Strategy

The research team began by conducting a general search for farm games. The search returned a number of web pages from which CrazyGame's website was selected. The research team used CrazyGames as a starting point for all the farm games presented on. The first farm game researched was Peckin’ Pixels, information to satisfy the overview came from Crazy Games, Waving Walrus, and Gogy Games. Good Game Big Farm was selected from Crazy Game's website which also provided overview information. Additional information such as Big Farm's release date came from Gogy Games and the available platforms for playing came from Good Games Studios. Family Barn was also selected from Crazy Game. Overview information on Family Barn came from Crazy Games and Agames. Information on the game's release date came from Wildtangent. The fourth game presented was The Tiny Farmer. Overview information for the Tiny Farmer came from Crazy Games, Gamestar’s Facebook (Developer), and Gogy Games. Howdy Farm was selected from Crazy Game’s website, which also provided overview information on the game. In addition, Newgames and 123games provided information for completing the overview as well as Howdy Farm's release date.

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