Archive for September, 2010

Happy Aquarium Adds Hippie Items

Happy Aquarium developer Crowdstar has shown us plenty of times in the past that it isn’t afraid of having a little fun with their updates. Many items and fish that don’t (and couldn’t!) exist in the real world have been made available. The company has introduced a new collection of hippie fish and decorations, continuing this fine tradition.

Players can now purchase several groovy decorations for their fish tank, including a flower power bug and bus, and a 70s chair. New Tye-Dye and Disco tank wallpapers have also been released.

The highlight of the expansion is the the new John Lennon lookalike fish, however. It comes complete with a gigantic bushy mustache, and can be purchased for $5.20, or 62 pearls. There are only 1500 copies remaining.

Happy Island Adds Asian Items

Happy Island developer Crowdstar is giving players the opportunity to decorate their island resorts with more Oriental flair this week, with the addition of new Asian themed attractions and decorations.

So far, there are just three new items: Emily’s Arcade, Building H.I., and Joseon Watchtower. If this Asian expansion follows recent Happy Island trends, more themed decorations and attractions will be gradually added over the next several days.

FarmVille Announces Avatar Customization

The latest Official FarmVille Podcast was released late yesterday. FarmVille community manager Lexilicious walks players through various FarmVille bug fixes, including the removal of any excess Nursery Barns.

The highlight of the podcast is undoubtedly the announcement that players will soon be able to customize their farmer in several new ways. Not much is known about the feature yet, besides that players will be able to purchase clothing items or even entire outfits for coins, and for FV$.

Players can listen to the podcast for themselves below, or read the transcript.

Hey Farmers and welcome to this week’s installment of the official FarmVille Podcast! My name is Lexilicious and I am here to bring you all of the latest news about FarmVille from Zynga. This week, we will be discussing our latest releases and you guys will all get a sneak peek of things coming to FarmVille in the near future.

Now before I get into discussing our exciting new releases, I want to quickly go over a change that will be affecting a group of our players. Unfortunately, due to numerous unforeseen technical complications, we have had to remove all excess Nursery Barns from our players. If this change pertains to you, we have placed all of the animals from your second Nursery Barn into your gift box. We have also credited any affected players with 100 Farm Cash to help replace any lost building materials or efforts. Unfortunately, if you were in possession of more than two Nursery Barns, we will not be able to restore any lost animals or building materials from your excess Nurseries, however you will still receive the compensation mentioned above for your second Nursery Barn only. When this glitch originally came to our attention a few months ago, the FarmVille team allowed players to be in possession of two Nurseries, which is why compensation is being granted to affected users. However, it was also stated that if players chose to build more than two Nursery Barns that they were doing so at their own risk, as the fix for this glitch may result in the loss of any Nurseries in excess of two.

Please know that we had every intention of allowing players to keep two nurseries on their farm as was originally stated, but as I mentioned earlier, technical issues have forced us to revise this decision and revert to this feature back to its intended design. We sincerely apologize for any confusion or frustration this bug may have caused our players and we would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Please know that this was not a decision that was made lightly but was ultimately done to preserve the health and stability of FarmVille. This removal will happen gradually and if you experience any issues, please make sure to contact our Customer Service department.

Alright! So as many of you know, we had lots of great new releases in the past two weeks, but one of the most notable updates was the release of crafting jobs for co-op farming.

With thursdays’s update we’ve added the ability to take on Crafting Co-Op Jobs as well as your Basic Jobs. The Crafting Jobs are all based on the crafting recipes available with their respective Crafting Buildings in FarmVille; each Job requires that a certain number of recipe ingredients need to be planted and harvested before a certain time period in order to get the reward.

The process you go through to start and finish Crafting Jobs is essentially the same as Basic Jobs. Crafting Jobs generally have a longer time limit to complete, and the availability of which Crafting Jobs you can take depends what recipes you have unlocked with the crafting building(s) you currently own. This feature is great for players who always seem to be short on bushels as Crafting Jobs can reward XP, coins, and bushels when completed.
Access to Crafting Jobs is through the same Co-Op window. Currently you default to “All Jobs”, which shows all available Crafting Jobs. You can also see there is a new Crafting Jobs tab, which will just show you what Crafting jobs will be available for you to start.

The rest of the process is almost entirely similar to regular co-op jobs—you can ask your neighbors to join your co-op in order to hit your job deadlines. Your neighbors do not need to have access to those crafting recipes in order to participate in a Crafting Job. The Crafting Job ends when you meet the goals within the given amount of time, or you run out of time (in which unfortunately, you do not get a reward). As with Normal Jobs the more you contribute to the Crafting Job, the better your reward. Please note that you can purchase additional time with Farm Cash via the green Purchase button on the bottom left of the Active Job window.

Nursery Barn expansion was also released on the 14th, which gives our players who love to collect baby animals a little bit more legroom and a higher chance of producing adult animals when collecting from their Nurseries. Now, I am not going to go too in depth into the Nursery Expansion as the mechanics should be very familiar to most of our players. For our more experienced players who may not have tried this new release yet, all you guys need to know is that you can gain a total of 20 additional storage spaces in your nurseries if you choose to participate. For any newer players who may be looking for a helping hand with the details of this release, please make sure to visit the game updates section of the FarmVille forums for more information.

And lastly, the past two weeks have been jam packed with great new items from our Limited Edition German theme. These items have been accompanied by a great new Mystery Game that features brand new feathered friends and the new Dog Wood Limited Edition crop. This flower can be mastered and will only be available until October 19th, so make sure to start working on the mastery for this one while you still can!

Alright! And on that note folks, lets go ahead and get into the coming soon segment of this week’s podcast!

So first up this week is something that I know many of our players will be really excited about, as it has been a community request since the release of FarmVille. Soon, players will be able to purchase clothing for their avatars! Any player who is looking to dress up and personalize their farmer will soon see some great outfits and costumes in the coming weeks.

We also have two new Halloween features coming for you in the near future, including a constructible Haunted House and a Halloween Candy Holiday basket that players will be able to fill with candy and redeem for special prizes. We may also have a few other Halloween surprises in store for you guys, so make sure to tune into the next few podcasts for more details!

Now, I can’t give too many details about our last sneak peek, but I can tell you that players will soon be able to visit a very special Neighbor to earn one new consumable and one new Decoration.

Alright, well that’s it from me this week farmers. I just want to let you all know that I will not be in the office for the next podcast on the 8th of October, so our next podcast will be hosted by Voltai, one of the other members of the FarmVille Community Team. I will see you guys in a few weeks and I would like to thank everyone for tuning in this week.

Happy Farming everybody!

Ranch Town Adds Sprawling Estate Expansion

Ranch Town developer Meteor Games gave farmers the opportunity to further expand their plot of land today, but the expansion comes with quite the hefty price tag. The new Sprawling Estate expansion can be purchased for either 650 MC$, or a whopping 170,000 coins.

The new expansion gives players a total farming space of 27×16. All previous expansions must be purchased before it is unlocked.

FrontierVille Adds French Fries Mission

FrontierVille developer Zynga introduced a new mission today, to remind players that frontier living isn’t just about bashing varmints and constructing buildings. Instead, players are tasked with introducing a now-classic food to the frontier: french fries!

The mission has three steps. Players must harvest 10 Potatoes, collect 10 Elbow Grease, and collect 10 Lard. The Lard and Elbow Grease can only be obtained for free with the help of neighbors.

Once players complete the mission, they are rewarded with 50 XP, and two French Fries. These French Fries provide players with 20 energy when consumed.

Treasure Isle Voyages Introduced

Treasure Isle developer Zynga introduced a new constructible Dragonboat a while back, with the promise that once it was built, players could use it to go on voyages. Today, the feature has officially launched!

Players can access the voyages screen by clicking on their Dragonboat. Voyages are unlocked by adding crew members, which can be done by paying Island Cash, or recruiting friends for free.

Once a player embarks on a journey, every step they take will consume 15 energy. Several random events take place along the way, some bad (Ninja attacks!), and some good (free food!). Eventually, players will complete their journey, unlocking a new treasure digging stage in the process.

So far, there are three voyages: Ninja Assassin, Happy Land, and Monster Island. Mastering all three unlocks a total of six new treasure digging maps.

FarmVille Adds More German Items

The Germany expansion rolled on in FarmVille today, with several more buildings, decorations, and animals making their debut. All of these items expire in ten days however, so if players see anything that catches their eye, they will need to buy it while they still can!

The new items are: Gelbvieh Cow, Lynx, Mountain Tavern, Moss Cabin, Forest Waterfall, Black Forest, Tree Arch, and Flower Bed.

Although these items belong to the Germany expansion, in our opinion they would fit right at home in a “fall” collection, considering their rich browns and yellows.

Ranch Town Adds Tortilla Press

Ranch Town developer Meteor Games introduced a new machine today: a Tortilla Press! Players now have yet another option for what to do with the flour and corn they harvest.

The Tortilla Press is the highest level machine in the game, with players gaining access at level 26. It is also the most expensive, with a price tag of 15,000 coins.

Cafe World One Year Anniversary Event Kicks Off

Cafe World developer Zynga launched their restaurant game almost exactly one year ago. To celebrate the milestone, the company is promising a “big event full of great deals, new contests, and our most exciting Catering order ever!”

For now, the festivities are just getting under way. To kick off the celebration, Zynga is giving all player’s 1 free Cafe Cash – the game’s premium currency. To collect a freebie, all a player needs to do is click this link. No strings attached.

Thanks, Zynga!

FrontierVille Adds Jackalope Lodge Missions & Badges

FrontierVille developer Zynga has finally introduced an achievement badges system into their frontier living RPG. Like most FrontierVille additions, the feature is well-integrated, and requires players to join the Jackalope Society and construct a Jackalope Lodge before badges can begin being earned.

The four-step process for joining the Jackalope Society requires players complete several standard tasks, including visiting neighbors, planting crops, and buying specific decorations. It culminates with the construction of the Jackalope Society Lodge itself. To construct the lodge, players will need to collect: Windows, Cement, Pegs, Shingles, Mallets, and Elbow Grease. All of these construction materials can only be received by requesting them from friends.

Once the Jackalope Lodge and quest line is complete, players can begin earning badges for various tasks completed around the homestead. Each badge comes in four levels, similar to FarmVille ribbons. Players can earn badges for turning in collections, hiring neighbors, growing your virtual family, and most other in-game tasks.