Game Title: Hay Day
Platform: Kindle Fire
Hours Played: about 6 (so far)
Okay, this post is kind of cheating a little bit. This can’t really be considered an “end game thoughts” post, because Hay Day doesn’t really have an end! I just wanted to write about my experiences with the first few hours I’ve put into the game- by no means have I “beaten” the game! But because I’m horribly lazy and uncreative, I am still lumping this post under End Game Thoughts!
About The Game
Hay Day is a mobile game that was released for iOS in 2012 and Android in 2013. I have had a passing interest in this game for several years, mostly because I loved the shit out of Farmville and wanted to play a game that was similar. I had a co-worker tell me about it when it came out, but I never downloaded it. Fast forward a couple years later, and I downloaded it on my iPad… and still never played it. Finally, I got a Kindle Fire tablet for Christmas this past year, downloaded it, and finally gave it a go!
The premise of Hay Day is simple- you run a farm. You have crops and animals that can make you some money, which you can use to make your farm bigger so you can buy more crops and animals and fancy buildings and all that other necessary shit!
What I Liked
This game is very chill. It’s more chill than Farmville actually, because your crops don’t die, your animals don’t get sick… you could literally leave your farm alone for years and when you come back, everything’s the same! It’s the perfect casual game to sit down and spend a couple minutes with. Plant some crops, feed some animals, then come back in a couple hours to collect your money. I like how the progression of the game is slow and steady, so you aren’t too overwhelmed with everything at once.
What I Didn’t Like
Your ability to earn money is awfully slow at first! You don’t really start out with much, but the game is meant to be played at a slow pace, so I really wasn’t too put off by it. As time goes on you are able to earn money more easily, which allows you to buy machines that can make bread, cheese, etc. so you can earn even more $$$! I played the game pretty consistently over a week’s time and was able to make decent progress. Of course you have the option of buying gems or whatever to speed up your process, but I refuse to fall prey to freemium shit!
One thing that PISSED ME OFF though: I accidentally bought and placed another chicken coop. No problem, I can just put it away, right? FUCKING WRONG. IT STAYS IN YOUR GAME AND YOU CAN NEVER PUT IT AWAY. I may use it someday, but for now, it’s empty, it’s taking up space, it’s in my fucking way! GOD!
Hay Day is a nice relaxing game very reminiscent of Farmville- which is exactly what I was looking for. Why the hell didn’t I start playing it a lot sooner?! Anyway, I’ve put maybe 6 hours total into it so far. It’s kind of a “weekend game” for me in that I play it a few times throughout the day when I’m chilling on my days off. With no real end to the game, it’s something I can enjoy at my leisure for quite some time to come!