Farm Story

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Farm sim has sneaky advertising and ways to make you spend.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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Ease of Play

The app is easy enough to use, controlwise, but the game is made intentionally difficult to excel at without extra "crystals" (see "Commercialism").


Owning "crystals" is necessary to getting many items in the game -- some of which are required objects needed to complete game "missions." Players start with 20 crystals that will be spent quickly, and after that point, the only way to get more crystals is by buying them with real money or receiving them as "rewards" for downloading other apps by the same publisher.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Farm Story is a generally cute and fun farming simulator, but that it is loaded with hidden advertising and enticements to get the player to spend real money. The game presents players with mission objectives ('Plant five strawberry bushes," "Buy two bales of hay," etc.) which must be accomplished in order to unlock the next objective and earn experience to move up to new levels. However, some of those missions involve products that can only be purchased with special crystals or by owning those crystals. Those crystals (beyond the initial 20 that all players are given at the start) can only be obtained by spending real money on them, or by receiving them as a reward for downloading more apps by the same publisher. You can't really enjoy this app without spending money or downloading other apps by the same publisher.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byfalena August 24, 2012

Not for little kids!

This app is not for kids that cannot read or do not understand they will spend real money if they click on the large buttons wanting them to buy more crystals.
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bybabymomma56 March 2, 2011
love it
Teen, 13 years old Written byYakkoMustChange June 25, 2017

Not for Farm Story, but for Pet Hotel Story

Well, there's no link to directly review Pet Hotel Story on the CSM site, so I just took a link to review Farm Story to review the pet hotel game, because... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 22, 2012

Fun, but have to agree.

Pretty Fun. I agree with Common Sense, though. They have a lot of Consumerism, but it would still be a great game for 9 and up. You learn how to balance a job w... Continue reading

Is it any good?

FARM STORY is a great looking and generally fun farming simulation, but is frustrating in that it feels built specifically to get players to spend money (or to at least download other apps they might not want). This is a "velvet rope" app, which entices you with free play, but then offers you a faster, more complete experience if you spend extra money. However, unlike most "velvet rope" apps, which let you play a slower, less complete game if you don't want to spend money, Farm Story does not provide that option. It makes their rare "crystals" incredibly hard to come by without paying for them (or downloading other apps from the same publisher), and also makes those crystals a requirements in order to pass through certain missions. That takes a lot of the fun out of it, making the app feel more like a marketing device than a straightforward game. Too bad too, because this game starts out fun until your crystals are gone.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 7, 2010
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Publisher: TeamLava
  • Version: 1.6.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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