By now everyone has had a chance to give FrontierVille, Zynga’s newest & most ambitious game, a shot. Whether a player wants to build a town, farm some crops, or just quietly raise a family, FrontierVille seems to offer something for everyone.
One side effect of the game’s increased scope and ambition is that there are a greater number of tricks, cheats, and shortcuts to be uncovered than in a game like, say, FarmVille. That’s where we come in! Below we have compiled a helpful collection of five FrontierVille tricks & facts that you might not have noticed.
1) Crop plots can be moved
This one is fairly self-explanatory. Once a player has planted a crop, it isn’t stuck there! Using the move tool, players can move crops anywhere they like. Helpful if (like us) you prefer your crops to be in perfect rows, but accidentally mislay one.
2) Don’t delete withered crops
Accidentally plant some crops at a poor time and lose a ton of money due to withering? Never fear! Every neighbor that visits your ranch can revive up to five dead crops for you. There doesn’t seem to be a time limit, either. Even if it takes a week, a player can leave all their dead crops in the middle of their ranch, and just wait patiently for a friendly neighbor to provide a second chance at harvesting them. Eventually, your neighbors will revive them all.
3) Bears & snakes aren’t really that threatening
Chopping down a tree and having a bear pop out is certainly startling. The natural reaction is to deal with the animal as quickly as possible. But, as weird as it sounds, having a bear standing around isn’t necessarily such a big deal. The bear only affects a small area of your ranch. So if you have to choose between scaring away a bear on one side of your ranch, or harvesting valuable crops on the other, the bear can safely be ignored.
4) It’s still all about farming
After players complete the initial stages of the game, and clear out their living space, they will quickly run out of activities to spend their energy on. At that point, is it best to get lots of fruit trees, or animals, or farm plots? The answer is farming. And it isn’t even close.
Players will earn FAR more coins and XP per each energy spent farming than with any other activity. Players just need to pay attention to how much they plant, so there aren’t 40 crops all ready to harvest at once, but only 25 energy left to harvest them
5) Long term farming is better than short term
There is a strong desire in most FrontierVille players to plant 4, 8, or 12 hour crops because, who in the world wants to wait four days to harvest peanuts, right?
Not quite. The truth is, the longer it takes a crop to grow, the more XP and coins the player earns when they harvest it. But the catch is, each harvest still takes one energy! So the best FrontierVille farming method is to plant long-term crops, but to stagger them, so there is something to harvest every day. Let’s take a look at an example:
If a player plants 10 1-day Wheat crops every day, they will be earning 100 XP and 2,220 coins per day, when they harvest. But if they planted 10 4-day Peanut crops per day instead, they would be earning 130 XP and a whopping 7,250 coins per day! It’s true that for the first few days the player will earn nothing, as their first set of Peanuts mature, but it only takes a few days for a player to be harvesting and planting their staggered peanut crops every day, just like they would have been doing with Wheat.
The bottom line is, if a player will be spending their energy to harvest once, twice, or three times a day, better for that harvest to be very-profitable Peanuts or Cotton. With staggered planting times, the lengthy growth period becomes a non-issue – after just a few days there will be as much farming activity as there would be planting much faster crops.
That’s all the FrontierVille secrets we have to share for now! If there’s any helpful hints or tips we didn’t cover, leave a comment and let us know!