A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- 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
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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