My Town: Farm

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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More instructions needed to build interest in this farm.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

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Arrows make it easy to understand how to move around the farm, but without introductory instructions or much guidance along the way, kids may get confused.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Town: Farm is a farming simulator. It doesn't feature any objectionable content as kids explore the farm and perform tasks, but the lack of instructions could confuse and complicate play for younger gamers.

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What's it about?

Kids walk around six locations in MY TOWN: FARM and go through the steps of planting and harvesting corn, wheat, and other crops, checking chickens for eggs to gather, and performing other farm activities. Kids can also make characters they come across express emotions, ranging from sad to laughing. They also gather hearts they find in various scenes along the way -- and when kids exit the app, they're able to continue wherever they left off the next time they want to play.

Is it any good?

This farming experience is exactly what the name implies, but its lack of instruction can make it difficult to figure out what to do or where to go next, frustrating players. Here, players are given a farm where they walk around and perform farm-related tasks. That gives kids a look at how some agricultural processes work; they'll learn, for example, seeds planted in a field need to be watered to grow, and milk from a cow is bottled before it's used.

Those are nice lessons to learn, and kids will likely enjoy cruising around and trying not to break eggs they pick up, hearing the cows moo, and seeing the other My Town: Farm sights. The game can be a little frustrating at times, though, due to a lack of instruction. There's no introduction when you first open the app, no written information that pops up during play, and no verbal directions given as you move through farm areas. This seems like a missed opportunity, given that you meet characters, but they can only make noises that match the expression you choose. In some areas, such as the field, a graphic indicates the order in which tasks are to be performed. But it's not clear how to work the tractor, or how to use some of the other tools involved. My Town: Farm would benefit from adding clearer instructions; kids basically need to just keep clicking on things and hope they figure out what to do -- which may prompt some to give up and stop playing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the steps involved in working toward a goal. What examples can your child identify from the app?

  • Working toward a goal requires perseverance. How can you remain dedicated to finishing each step involved?

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