Virtual Farming Done Right with Hay Day

Farming. The world elicits images of big tractors, the beating sun and sweaty vegetable pickers hauling baskets of yummy produce to market. Farming is tough work, and those with any experience in the field know that, in some cases, an air-conditioned paper-pushing job sitting behind a computer is much more comfortable.

However, the lure of growing a field of turnips or cultivating the perfect flower is embedded deep in some souls, yearning to get out from amid the smoggy bus-rides, cramped airplane flights and unbearable long-distance road trips. Well, SuperCell released the next best thing to really farming — Hay Day on iOS and Android!

You may ask, “Farming on Android?” Well, the first farming simulation might not have been a blockbuster seller, but those who got hooked on creating their own little plot of goodness in a wasteland left by a deceased relative have a lot to be excited about this to the handheld game — and those new to the series are simply missing out.

The game is very similar to the previous farming games, which have been around for years with a nearly underground fan club. In all of the games, players take on the role of a newly made farmer, who must take the land left to him by a deceased relative and turn a rocky, barren landscape into a thriving farm, complete with farm animals.


Farming isn’t the only aspect of the game, however — as shown in the iOS version Hay Day, dating skills are also a must, as players begin to woo and court the little ladies in town. One of them eventually marries the hopeful farmer, and players learn to balance the skills of farming with the skills of being a husband (get your mind out of the gutter — we know what you’re thinking!).

Players were a bit disappointed to find that the dating aspect of the game wasn’t included in the first version, and they’ll continue to be disappointed to find that it’s also not included in this sequel. However, there’s plenty to be excited about.

Hay Day  will contain several new tools for use on the fields and with the animals, and a new unlimited diamond system will let players carry around four tools at once (as opposed to the first game’s two tool limit). Additionally, new animals will be added to the game, and new minigames promise to add plenty of replay value.

One of the minigames includes fishing for the largest catch. In order to catch these monsters, players will have to pick up a variety of insects to use as bait. Also, players can collect a variety of plants for use in their gardens. The cool thing is that any of these fish, plants and insects, can be traded with other Hay Day players, as well as those who own Legend of the River King 2. Just imagine what kind of fish a simple farmer can catch with bait given to him by a fishing legend!

Players can cultivate their own garden using a variety of flowers and herbs, and even the town has been expanded to let players walk around talking to the inhabitants, rather than just jumping from place to place as like in the first game.

You might think we’re making too big a deal about a game that makes you water, weed and hoe plots of land, or even go out and feed cows, brush horses and collect eggs from chickens. But if you haven’t tried it, don’t scoff — few things are as rewarding as creating a thriving farm that will last generations.