Archive for March, 2010

Petville Challenges: Blueberries & Tickling

A new week means a new set of two Petville challenges to complete. Both of this week’s challenges, Tickle Monster, and Berry Berry Blueberry, shouldn’t give players much difficulty.

To complete Tickle Monster, simply visit a neighbor and select the “Tickle” interaction 10 times. Only one tickle attack per neighbor per day counts towards the total. Berry Berry Blueberry requires players collect 5 gems from feeding their pet Blueberry Kibble. The gem appears after the feeding timer runs out and all the kibble has been eaten. The gem sticks around for a while, but not forever, so players will need to remain at least somewhat aware of their kibble feeding timing.

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SPP Ranch Adds Easter Decoration Set

SPP Ranch from Slide updates like clockwork once a week with a new set of themed items. This week’s theme? Easter! The Easter items are a little early, but one thing that is becoming increasingly clear in 2010 is that social game developers love to create holiday events. Social games start the celebrations early, and usually continue them long after the day itself.

New items include: Picnic Basket, Picnic Cloth, a series of Surprise Eggs with a mystery animal inside, Green, Pink, and Yellow Easter Eggs, Juggling Chick-a-Dee, Giant Candy Shop, Bunny House, Bunny Airship, Easter Car, and many more.

The sugary-sweet set is a far cry from the pirate items and Egyptian items added recently, but they fit right in with the Alice in Wonderland item set added a few weeks ago. The artists at Slide seem capable of switching up their style each and every week. We dig it.

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Happy Island Adds New Decorations

Happy Island developer Crowdstar announced today that three new decorations have been added to the Happy Island Shop. Players can now buy a Vesuvian Lava Flow, a Redwood Tree, and a Coral Cluster.

The Redwood Tree and Coral Cluster are available for 5200 and 1200 coins, respectively. The Vesuvian Lava Flow costs 29 FB$ ($2.90). It doesn’t show up in screenshots, but the lava flow justifies its price tag by being fully-animated, spewing dark clouds into the air.

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Farmville Adds Four Gifts

In addition to the rest of tonight’s updates, Farmville developer Zynga released a slight refresh of the Gifts tab, adding a few new items. The new additions are: Magnolia Tree, Small Hill, Fruit Crate, and Cone Topiary.

The tree, hill and crate are standard Farmville gifts, while the topiary can only be sent and received by players playing on Farmville.com.

As with all Farmville gifts, if you want one of these items, you can’t buy it for yourself. Instead, one of your Farmville-playing friends has to send you one. If they aren’t being forthcoming on their own, you can always pester them to get what you want!

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Farmville Adds Even More French Chateau Items

French Chateau month in Farmville may be coming to a close, but that isn’t stopping Zynga from closing out the extensive item set with a bang. Players can now buy… the Chateau itself!

Three new items were added in total: the Chateau (60FV$), Hill (6,500 coins), and Horse Sculpture (5,000 coins). All three expire in 7 days. All the previous French Chateau buildings and decorations will also be retired at that time.

This French Chateau set seems to have been a bit of an experiment for Zynga. For starters the set extended over a much longer period of time and contained many more items than anything seen in the game yet. Additionally, it wasn’t tied to any specific holiday, season, or other current event, as seems to be the new social game norm. Once these items expire next week, I wonder if another extensive item set will begin to be introduced?

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Farmville Adds Winged Mystery Box

A new week means a new mystery box in Zynga’s Farmville. This week was no exception. But Zynga did put a new twist on the mystery box formula – this week’s box has wings.

What does this mean? It means that every item in the 16 FV$ mystery box is a brand new winged animal. As with all mystery boxes, the item you receive is random. A complete list of possible winged mystery box contents:

Butterflies (Decorative)
Macaw (Decorative)
Mourning Doves (Decorative)
Ostrich (Harvestable)
White Peacock (Harvestable)

Only the Ostrich and Peacock count as true, harvestable animals. The rest are just for show. Was the item you wanted inside this new Mystery Wings box? Let us know in the comments or on our Farmville Forum.


Happy Pets Adds 20 New Dogs

Happy Pets developer Crowdstar released 20 new dogs to the Happy Pets store, earlier today. They might not be as flashy or outlandish as recent pet additions, but sometimes (probably most times) a plain German Shepherd is all a player really wants. Hound Dogs, Rottweilers, Huskies, Dobermans, and German Shepherds in a variety of color combinations have been added. The complete list:

Black & White Husky, Blonde Hound Dog, Blonde Husky, Blonde German Shepherd, Brown Doberman, Brown Rottweiler, Espresso German Shepherd, Gray Doberman, Black & White Hound Dog, Gray Rottweiler, Gray German Shepherd, Orange Mittens Dog, Orange Husky, Rusty Hound Dog, Rusty Rottweiler, Spotted Dog, Light Brown Hound Dog, White Husky, White Rottweiler.

These new dog options are unlocked across the level spectrum, and have a wide range of price points.

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Restaurant City Adds Space Recipes

Playfish’s Restaurant City will be taking players into space with this week’s item pack. Or, more accurately, restaurant owners will be able to take their patrons into space. Although the new space-themed decorations won’t be released until Thursday, Playfish is beginning the festivities a little early – the new recipes are already available.

Two new desserts, Chocolate Meteor, and Moon Cheese Cake, are available now. A new appetizer, Zero Gravity Salad, has also been released. Chocolate Meteor expires in 20 days, Moon Cheese Cake in 27, and Zero Gravity Salad in 34. All four only require standard ingredients to learn and level-up the dishes – things like coconut, banana, sugar, chocolate, mango, etc.

The Zero Gravity Salad does seem to contain a secret of some kind, however. Unless it is Playfish just pulling our legs. Playfish posted this warning today on the Restaurant City fan page:

“WARNING! Citizens are advised not to increase new Zero Gravity Fruit to level 10 in Restaurant City as reports suggest this is the cause of mysterious new alien visitors in the area!”

Has anyone mastered Zero Gravity Fruit yet? If so share the scoop with us here in the comments or on our new Facebook Games Forum. Playfish themselves might have already given the secret away, though. Check out the blue alien in the image below:






Restaurant City Adds Easter Recipe & Ingredients

Easter has come to Playfish’s Restaurant City! It might be a little early, but I doubt any chocolate lovers are going to complain. More Easter decorations and items are probably on the way, but for now the only Easter addition is a new “Cute Chocolate Egg” recipe.

The Cute Chocolate Egg is available for 33 more days, and can be found under the desserts tab. To learn the dish, players must have four ingredients: Easter Spices, Easter Egg, Chocolate Bunny, and a Chick Figurine. If veteran Restaurant City fans are confused by this ingredient list, never fear. These are indeed four brand new, holiday-themed ingredients.

For now the only way to get the new ingredients is to have them gifted to you by a friend. They are sent and received via RC’s standard gift page.

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Farmville Podcast Hints at Future Features

Farmville community manager Lexilicious posts an official Farmville podcast once each week. These podcasts often contain advance info on features Farmville players can look forward to. They also answer fan questions and provide other info, but let’s be honest… the future additions are the true draw of these shows :)

So what’s in store for Farmville over the next few weeks?

- Zynga knows they’ve been teasing dogs for a while now, but they are officially coming VERY SOON.
- An animal mystery box containing only winged animals (some confirmed to be brand new) is on the way.
- Spring-themed features and items are in the works.
- Farmville challenges are coming soon, allowing players to “compete with their friends.” (Perhaps these will be similar to Petville challenges?)

You can listen to the podcast yourself right here, or read a the complete transcript:

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“FarmVille Podcast – March 22nd:

Hey Farmers! Welcome to the Official FarmVille podcast! My name is Lexilicious, and I am the FarmVille Community Manager. This week, we are going to be going over some of our newest releases, I will be answering some User Submitted Questions about the FarmVille team and you guys are all going to get a sneak peek of things coming to FarmVille in the near future.

We’ve had a blast working on some exciting new features for you guys, including a very special one we’re sure you’ll love. But more on that later, for now let’s go over some highlights from last week.

Well last week, we had a lot of very cool (and some very unique) Limited Edition Items make their way to the Market, including a very special Invisible Cat, Long Eared Rabbit and Caterpillar. We also continued to roll out items for our French Chateau theme as well as a new “Best of” Mystery Box that can be purchased from the Market for 16 Farm Cash. This Best of Mystery Box features some of your favorite items from past mystery boxes, so make sure to grab one while you still can.

And probably the biggest feature this week also happened to be something that our community has been requesting for awhile.

New Stallions can now be found wandering around FarmVille that will allow you to get Foals from your Horse Stable! For those of you who might not be familiar with this feature, here are some quick details that will get you into the swing of things.

Periodically, you will receive a pop-up informing you that a “Wandering Stallion” has appeared on your farm. This pop-up will allow you to post a feed to your wall. Ten of your Neighbors can click on this feed to give shelter to the Wandering Stallion.

Unlike other “Lonely” animals, the Wandering Stallion is an event, and is NOT a permanent animal that can be kept on your Farm.

If you choose to give the Wandering Stallion shelter, he will automatically be placed into your Horse Stable. If you have a Wandering Stallion, you have a chance of receiving a Foal the next time you collect from your Stable.

If you already have a Wandering Stallion in your Horse Stable, you will not be able to get another. Clicking on multiple Wandering Stallion feeds from your Neighbors will not increase the chances of a Foal being born.

When a Foal is born, you will receive a pop-up informing you that your newborn is eager to explore the world. This pop-up will allow you to post a feed to your wall and five of your Neighbors can click this feed to receive a Foal.

The type of Foal you receive is determined by the types of horse in your Stable. This means that if you have a Stable Filled with Pinto Horses, you are much more likely to receive a Pinto Foal. One quick thing that you guys might not have known is that the Pink Pony, Brown Pony, High Kick Horse and Spectator Horse will produce a Brown Foal.

Once you harvest from your Stable and find a Foal, you will have to click on a new Wandering Stallion feed to have a chance of making another foal.

However, the Limited Edition “White Stallion” can be placed inside your Horse Stable and will act like a permanent Wandering Stallion. Each time you harvest from your Stable you will have a chance to find a Foal. If you receive a Foal, you will not get a consumable. This is important to remember if finding consumables is important to you. If you do not get a Foal when collecting from your Stable, you still have a chance of receiving an Arborist, Farm Hand or 100 XP.

Now remember Folks, your Baby Foals are more than just cute. Baby Foals can be brushed every 24 hours and cannot be placed inside your Horse Stable.

And as per usual, I want to invite all of you to come join me over on the FarmVille forums to give your thoughts and feedback about all of our latest features. Remember, the forums are a great place to connect with other enthusiastic Farmers as well as a good place to get the latest updates and information. A link to the FarmVille forums can be found in the description of this video and I look forward to seeing some of you soon!

I also received a very touching message from one of the members of our community today. I may not always get a chance to talk to all of you guys one on one, but I do take the time to read all of your emails and I always love hearing from you. Highdef2005 is a huge fan of our podcasts and shared his story with me about how FarmVille helped improve his life. Highdef, I just want to give you a quick shout out and thank you for your wonderful message and your loyalty to farmville. Players like you are the reason for our success and you rock. Everyone else, if you have a story about how FarmVille has made a difference in your life that you would like to share, we want to hear it. Emails and messages like the one from Highdef are what make our jobs wonderful.

Now, let’s go ahead and answer some questions that come straight from you, our community!

1. Our first question of the day comes to us from DragonsHeart, who’d like to know if the baby animals will ever grow up? Well DragonsHeart, you’re certainly not alone in wondering if our baby animals will stay babies forever, as this is one of our most asked questions. The good news is that we are planning on a way for Farmers to have their calves and foals grow into full grown adults if they choose to. We’re currently working out the details right now, but the tentative plan is to introduce the option sometime this Spring. Once we have a more concrete date in place and more information, we’ll update you as soon as we can.

2. Our next question comes to us from Aunt Ornery, and she’d like to know if we can clear up the ‘click issue’? For those of you wondering what exactly she means by this, there’s been a rumor going on for some time now that Feeds for rewards like Collectibles, Mystery Eggs and others become inactive after you click the OK button on the on the reward page. In other words, supposedly once the OK button is clicked, no one else is able to collect from the Feed. We’ve made a few announcements about this on the Forums, but just to make things completely clear, this is just a rumor. Clicking the OK button DOES NOT keep other players from being able to use that person’s feed. Each reward feed has a certain number of people that can collect from it before the reward’s no longer available. For example, finished collection feeds allow Five neighbors to collect from them before they’re no longer available. For more information on how many neighbors can collect from a feed, please visit the Game Updates section of the FarmVille forums. The guides there for each of our features have this, and other detailed information. Just to reiterate though, for once and for all, the OK button rumor is just that. A rumor.

3. And our last question comes to us from graziegirl, and she asks how many gifts can be held in the gift box? As you may or may not know, on our February 24th release, along with everything else that we added to FarmVille, we also increased how much can be held in each gift box, expanding it to hold 50 items in total.

If you have a question you would like answered in the weekly FarmVille Podcast, please come visit us on the Official FarmVille forums for more details.

Alright! On that note, let’s go ahead and get into this week’s coming soon segment! We actually have quite a bit of very cool stuff to talk about this week.

I know we have been teasing the new Pets feature quite a bit in the past few weeks and I am very happy to let you know that the awesome new dogs will be making an appearance in FarmVille very soon. I know how excited all of you have been about this feature, and I want to thank you for all of your thoughts and feedback in the past few weeks.

We also have a very unique themed animal mystery box coming soon that will feature only winged animals. This box will feature some very cool new animals, so make sure to grab one of them when they make an appearance in the market.

Spring is also well underway, so make sure to be on the lookout for some great new Spring themed features and items.

And last, but certainly not least, we have a new feature coming your way soon that is sure to get everyone excited. FarmVille will soon feature new challenges that you can complete with your friends for various rewards and maybe even a little bit of bragging rights.

And that’s about it from me this week Farmers! Again, my name is Lexi and I will see you guys soon! Happy Farming everybody.”