Hot on the heels of the California item set, and the Winter Olympic items, and the Lunar New Year items (wow… Zynga has been busy), yet another new batch of themed, limited-time items have been added to Farmville. This time Yellowstone National Park is the inspiration.
The new items are an Elk, a Flourishing Bush, Old Faithful, a Proud Goat, a Large Boulder, and Petrified Wood. This is actually a really cool mix of items, because with liberal use of things like the boulder and petrified wood, a player could dramatically change the feel of their farm. The items in this set just seem more practical than some of Farmville’s recent additions, which can sometimes swing towards the gaudy or gimmicky.
There’s just one problem. EVERY SINGLE ITEM costs FV$! Yes, they aren’t that expensive (the petrified wood is just 1 FV$; the boulder 2) but come on, Zynga. You’re charging Farmville Dollars for every single Yellowstone item? You’re charging for a downed log, and a boulder? If this Yellowstone item set follows Farmville’s recent trend, we can probably expect a few more to be added next week. Hopefully a few of them will be offered for coins.
I will never begrudge a Facebook game developer for charging for virtual goods. These studios are businesses, and have employees to pay. But you have to strike a balance. You have to take care of your fans. By my count, 14 new objects were added to Farmville tonight (including gifts). 9 of them cost FV$. That ratio is upside down where it should be to keep a fan base from taking note.