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Hay Day

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Farming sim has lots of features but slow progression.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to keep track of a simple budget, as well as how to work toward a financial goal. They will also need to manage resources in order to continue to progress through the game. Hay Day doesn't offer deep learning, but kids get exposed to basic concepts relating to managing resources and working toward a financial goal.

Ease of play

There's a minimal tutorial, but it's enough to get most players comfortably started. The app uses an unusual "touch and drag" approach, rather than the typical "tap," to, for example, collect/plant and start production. A slightly longer press allows players to move items around on the board. It's easy to get the opposite effect of what you intend and simply to pan around the screen, selecting nothing at all.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

Language isn't an issue until neighborhoods are unlocked and purchased at Level 29. Chat rooms are filtered but not moderated, so there's the possibility of inappropriate language. Most players are simply looking to swap resources, however, and chat centers around that.

Consumerism

There's a lot of incentive to use real money to progress more quickly. In-app purchases range from $1 to $40.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hay Day is a resource-collecting and simulation app, similar to Farmville. The app's terms of service require users to be 13 or older. The game is free to play, but everything seems to take a long time to build, grow, find, or create. Players can use real money to buy in-game diamonds to speed things along. The app can connect to Game Center (on iOS devices) and Facebook, allowing players to buy resources from other players. Until Level 29, this is done by visiting other farms and using an in-game "newspaper ad" to request items. At Level 29, players can unlock "neighborhoods." Neighborhoods are in-game communities of up to 30 players that include unmoderated chat. Neighborhoods can be open to anyone, join-by-request, or invite-only. A basic filter is in place for language, but players can easily share full names, email addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information. Chat can be disabled in the settings, but there is no password control on that feature.

What's it about?

HAY DAY invites players to start their own farms. Grow crops, raise animals, and move on to making more advanced products such as cakes, pies, popcorn, and wool sweaters. Fill orders, make money, and expand your farm. As you progress, you'll unlock a mine, a fishing dock, and even your own town.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Hay Day is an engaging take on the farming sim game. There are a lot of different crops, animals, and products, and they open up slowly over time. If we have a complaint, it's that things happen too slowly. After saving up 39,000 coins to buy something, the last thing you want to hear is it will take another three days to build. Some plants take more than 24 hours to mature. This is fine for players who check in briefly a few times a day but frustrating for those who want to play for longer periods of time. In addition, some of the bigger features (neighborhood chat, fishing, the town) take a long time to unlock. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about saving up for large purchases. What happens if you spend all your money on smaller items? What are some ways to save up for larger items while still having fun?

  • Families also can talk about Internet safety. What things should you avoid sharing in a chat room? How do you know who the people in the chat room really are? What should you do if someone says something that makes you uncomfortable?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Subjects:Math: addition, counting, subtraction
Skills:Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, work to achieve goals
Price:Free (with in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free (In-app purchases range from $1 to $40.)
Release date:May 20, 2014
Category:Simulation Games
Topics:Horses and farm animals
Size:61.00 MB
Publisher:Supercell
Version:1.8.166
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up

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Kid, 12 years old December 6, 2014

fun, and cute

Hay Day is a fun game, includes NO violence, and includes a little bit of buisiness strategy (when selling goods in the shop)
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Teen, 13 years old Written bygrace130 April 7, 2015

best game

i got ths game about 2 years ago and im having so much fun with it! there is saftey controols to turn chat off witch could bbe dangerous foryounger users, but otherwise MY FAVORITE APP!!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byRachelLoveYou July 30, 2014

Really?!?

Ok,I don't mean to sound rude but really?!?13?!? This app is an app for fun and people can give u prizes. Why thirteen. Sure there's a little language then just ignore that person and carry on.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism