Farming Simulator 20 is obviously a simulation but also an educational video game, aimed at bringing the vicarious experience of real-life farming. The game seems to attempt to make a faithful representation of what it’s like to own and run a farm, with all its heavenly glory and never-ending chores, but also with its rewards – you reap what you sow, quite literally. The game is out on a couple of platforms and at first glance, it doesn’t look to be on a low budget at all, so it deserves a closer look.
Development and reception
This title comes from the renowned Giants Software developer with the Simulation/Virtual/Career genre labels. As mentioned, the game is offered on several different platforms. On Google Play, Farming Simulator 20 Android is offered by its developer, which is also handling the publishing side of things, and the game did moderately. It has a 3.4-star rating out of over 3k votes. On the iTunes App Store, the iOS version has a slightly better score of 3.8 stars and it is #3 in Family category, with over 300 votes so far.
It is also present on the Nintendo Store for Switch, and is available also for PC/Mac, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Google Stadia, Nintendo 3DS, and PS Vita. This is quite possibly the widest reach any farming game has ever had, with virtually all of the modern-day platforms covered. However, the drawback is that it is a premium game and its price ranges from $5.99 to $44.99, depending on the platform.
In this game, we take charge of farming vehicles and other helpful machines used for modern-day farming. Those aides are all branded with the most popular brands in the industry today, like John Deere, which is one of the largest manufacturers of farming machinery in the world. There are also brands like New Holland, Case IH, Challenger, Fendt, Krone, Valtra, Deutz-Fahrand, and many others seen in North American farms, which is where the game is set at.
With North America as the game’s environment, we are given access to beautiful flats and fields for developing and expansion of our own farm. Besides the previously described activities, we can also invest in purchasing new ones and expanding our acres of land. Crops range from cotton, oats and many others, while we can also breed farm animals and livestock, like cows, pigs, and sheep. We also ride our horses which is possibly one of the most beautiful parts of the game for we get to ride through the beautiful landscapes of the USA.
Appearance and Graphics
The game certainly looks impressive at first glance, no matter the platform. Even the mobile game uses the graphics engine to the fullest as everything looks and feels pretty last-word, which adds to the atmosphere incredibly. Thus, this game kind of gets a slow and steady pace, where you get to go in-depth but also enjoy what you see. Models, animations, and mechanics are pretty much realistic, while the physics of the environment, which is critical, us up to snuff.
Slow and steady gameplay, beautiful looks, and the in-depth aspect of the features this game possesses gives it an almost strategic aspect. The growing and evolution of your farm may even be compared with the dwelling evolution genre, while Farming Simulator 20 has all but combat and shooting. The game is easily picked up and will retain the player, while entertaining us with its slow-burning intricate gameplay features.