Sunday, December 16, 2007

Farm Frenzy Fails

I recently downloaded the demo to Farm Frenzy from Big Fish. It seemed promising. Billed on some sites as a Tycoon style game, I would describe it as a cross between a Time Management game and a Simulation game where you run a farm. It has the POTENTIAL to be fun if it didn't run so excruciatingly slowly.

And that's not because of my computer which is pretty up-to-date and fast enough that I've never had this problem with any other game. The game actually runs more than 10x slower than intended. Sound ridiculous? Well, I timed it and one second of game play take, on average, 12 seconds in real time. That varies slightly depending on how many things are happening at once, but it is always way too slow.

I tried downloading a cracked torrent of the game from mininova, thinking maybe it was just the demo, but the torrent was just as slow and had a tendency to quit the game in the middle of play. So I don't advise that either.

If anyone has had a different experience with this game or has bought a legit copy and found that the problem goes away then, I would be very interested to hear from you. So please leave a comment. Otherwise, I have to advise against this game. It'll just leave you wanting to bang your head... or your computer... against a brick wall.

Addendum: I recently tried the Alawar game Virtual Farm... very similar to Farm Frenzy but feels a bit more like a Tycoon game, which I don't enjoy. So although Virtual Farm wasn't as glitchy as Farm Frenzy, it also wasn't as fun (I speak of potential fun, not actual fun... since in reality the glitchiness I experienced in Farm Frenzy is anything but fun). My recommendation? If you're looking for a farm-themed, time management game and are having problems with Farm Frenzy, play Dairy Dash or Ranch Rush instead.

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At January 11, 2008 3:39 PM , OpenID pip said...

i just googled "farm frenzy" +slow, for this exact thing. i have the full version from reflexive, and its so frustrating. especially on the very last level (to get gold, you have to complete it in under 40 minutes).. of course, in farm frenzy time, that is actually about an hour and a half. and its not every single level, some of them run exactly as they should. ive even found on a couple of levels, if you just mouse over one of the buildings, the game speeds back up to normal. i love this game, but not quite as much as i hate it!

At September 9, 2008 1:14 PM , Blogger kittenmommie said...

Same here! I would LOVE this game except for the horrible slowness.

And to add a little more "quirk" to the slowness factor - sometimes I'll be putting along where 1 second of game time takes 5-6 seconds of real time, then all of a sudden it catches up to speed - then just as I'm adjusting to that, it slows right back down again.


At October 11, 2008 4:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just completed farm frenzy and was left with an absolute hatred for the game. It's slowness wasn't enough. I got to the last game and enjoyed it so much that I started it again. Only to have my computer state that I was using up virtual memory. Glad to know that there are others like me.


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