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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Township: Farm & City building is a simulation game for iOS and Android devices. The simulation revolves around building both a farm and a town at the same time to create a larger sense of community in a digital town. The game emphasizes a number of positive concepts -- including responsibility, hard work, and multitasking. Players don't have to buy anything to play, but some may be tempted to purchase additional in-app currency ranging from $0.99 to $79.99 to help expedite the waiting time involved in completing various actions. Otherwise, they may find they're waiting around, trying to figure out what to do. There's no inappropriate content in the game.
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What's it about?
Players grow crops, sell products, and use the proceeds to develop a community in TOWNSHIP: FARM & CITY BUILDING. As they play, they complete sequential responsibilities, such as planting, harvesting, and turning wheat into bread. Each action is timed; players will have to wait, for example, for cows to produce milk after feeding them, unless they pay to speed things up. A map shows characters' requests for items; if they've made enough of what they want, the items can be delivered by helicopter. Adding homes raises the population and can earn you new crop fields.
Is it any good?
Players get an unexpectedly detailed look at commerce and community expansion as they oversee crop and product creation and construct new buildings in Township: Farm & City Building. In-depth imagery enhances the experience of learning about how towns and farms operate. For example, a helicopter pivots after taking off, animals lean in to their trough and chew, and robotic hands press and mash wheat, corn, and carrots into feed. Tasks require multiple steps -- such as planting wheat, and then harvesting and supplying it to a bakery to make bread. As in real life, the work usually isn't finished immediately. Players have to wait for buildings to be assembled, and chickens can require a half-hour to eat before they'll produce an egg.
That provides a chance for players to check in on other work they need to do, such as gathering crops. The time element, though, is the game's biggest downside. Even though characters appear periodically to provide guidance, players can find themselves wondering what to do next while all of the crop, food, and other production is in progress. Instead of waiting, they can pay to speed processes up; that means any delays provide an incentive to buy additional in-app currency -- an option parents may not be wild about. In addition, players who hope to make it through multiple levels will need to commit to spending some serious time playing. There are dozens of levels to get through -- and advancing to the next stage in the game isn't always a fast process after the first few levels. But for players who are interested in a sim that will keep them busy for hours, Township: Farm & City Building could be it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about handling a number of things at once. How should you prioritize tasks so that the most important one gets done first? Is there a method you can learn from this game that you can use in real life?
What steps are involved in bringing a new product to market? Are there specific things that have to happen to ensure that the product is successful?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
Math: addition, money, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, logic, part-whole relationships, strategy, thinking critically
Self-Direction: achieving goals, initiative, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 1, 2019
- Category: Simulation Games
- Topics: Horses and Farm Animals
- Size: 222.00 MB
- Publisher: Playrix Games
- Version: 6.4.0
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later and Android 4.0.3 and up.
- Last updated: February 11, 2020
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