Ah, spring. The best time to get your vegetable garden going. But in case you don’t like getting your hands dirty, or feel frustrated about the time it takes to grow a good pumpkin, you will be pleased to find out, that video games allow you to become a successful farmer without all the annoying aspects of actual farm-work.
For today’s list, we are going to take a look at various PC games that allow you to try your hand at farming without leaving your room! Before we begin, a quick reminder full of nature-related games, including many of the positions from this list. Click the link in the description to check it out! Without further ado, here are our picks for the best farming games! Number 10 – Shotgun Farmers Shotgun Farmers has a very tongue-in-the-cheek approach to farming – in fact, it’s a multiplayer shooter game with a twist.
You play as an angry farmer trying to get rid of your rivals – but you have to be very careful with your shooting accuracy – bullets that miss your enemies will sprout into plants which can be used as guns by your opponents. Number 9 – Farm Manager 2018 This position focuses mostly on the management aspect of the farm-work. It’s your responsibility, as the manager, to choose and train your employees, purchase suitable equipment and control the cultivation process on your farm. You will have to select the type of crops and livestock you want to grow, make sure that the changing seasons and weather don’t affect your harvest negatively, choose what types of buildings are necessary for the development of your business and so on. Farm Manager is especially recommended for fans of city management/tycoon type of simulator games who would like to try their skills in an agricultural setting. Number 8 – Plantera Plantera is a fun little idle clicker game, perfect for distracting yourself or calming your nerves.
Thanks to the assistance of blue blobby creatures, aptly-named Helpers, you can navigate to this website even when you’re away from the computer, though the charming visuals and soothing audio design will make you want to come back to click some more trees. You might also want to defend your garden from an infestation of mean critters trying to steal your crops. All in all, Plantera is a very simple and casual game, but it’s adorable enough to be worth a try.
Number 7 – Farm together Farm together focuses on the social aspect of farming games, so well-known from the days of ubiquitous Farmville notifications on Facebook. The gameplay is very simple and accessible, allowing the players to easily fall into a near-meditative loop of planting, watering and harvesting, with occasional equipment upgrades and farm expansions. The repetitive and time-gated routine might seem annoying, but in reality can be very soothing – especially when you consider the friendly graphic style and ambient music of the game – making it very easy to spend long hours in the game.
The most distinct feature of the game is the “together” included in the title – it allows your friends, or random internet people, to join you on your farm and help you with your crops – and vice versa. The game even includes a built-in voice chat to help you strike a conversation with your fellow farmers, making it great for a casual co-op experience. Number 6 – Pure Farming 2018 Pure Farming 2018 offers what its name suggests – a game focused entirely on farming. You can utilize your land for different types of agricultural activities, including classic farmlands, fields for your livestock, orchards, greenhouses or even green energy.
But farming doesn’t stop at your local farm – the game allows you to expand your agricultural empire all over the world. Coffee beans, rice-fields, vineyards – you can include all of those in your portfolio by visiting Columbia, Japan and Italy and establishing your presence on the various continents. The assembly of farming equipment and machinery at your disposal includes not only classic combine tractors, but also specialized machines used specifically to harvest the region-specific plants from different parts of the world – all of them based on real-life models.
The satisfaction of working as a virtual farmer can only be greater if you become the head of a multi-national agribusiness corporation in the process. Number 5 – My time at Portia While My Time at Portia is still in Early Access, it’s a position well worth checking out. Inspired by Studio Ghibli’s visual style, the world of Portia is adorably welcoming, with quirky and unique inhabitants who live their own lives according to their own schedules.
The player character inherits a workshop from their father and competes against other workshop owners – and in order to do that, you have to gather various resources to complete your commissions. One of the ways to do that is through farming, which is done with the help of planter boxes, fertilizers and cultivated soil. Each type of crop has its own germination time and preferred season and can be used for different purposes – a sisal plant can be harvested for linen, used in production of clothing, and rainbow flowers can be used either as pigment ingredients or as a gift for a character you fancy. Number 4 – Banished In Banished, you take care of a group of exiles who start a new life away from their previous hometown they’d been driven away from. Starting with a handful of men and women, you will have to keep your people alive, turning your wretched settlement into a sustainable community.
Farming is one of the ways to keep your population alive and growing – and the crops can later be traded with merchants hailing from other towns. But as with other aspects of this unforgiving risk and resource management simulator, farming is far from being simple. In order to keep your fields, orchards and pastures in good condition, you have to rotate your crops and let the soil rest unless you want it to degrade and for the plants to be more susceptible to infestations. The changing seasons will get in the way of your farming plans, and you have to make sure that your people have enough food to survive winter. Number 3 – Slime Rancher As a young farmer, Beatrix LeBeau, you are sent to a different planet in order to take care of a slime ranch.
The adorable, slimy creatures you take care of provide you with plort – a resource that can be sold for money used to upgrade your ranch. As Beatrix, you will have to explore the alien planet in search of new types of slimes, as well as protect your ranch from hostile slimes hellbent on destruction. The game is incredibly cute and relaxing, and will keep you immersed for long hours.
Number 2 – Farming Simulator Series The Farming Simulator Series offers the ultimate, realistic games for the modern farming enthusiasts. A new edition of the series comes out every two years, which is a testament to the series’ popularity. The newest position, Farming Simulator 2017, offers a huge and detailed world with locations based on real-life North America, with several thousand square metres of farmable land. Manage your vast farmlands, as you can harvest a variety of different crops, specialize yourself in animal husbandry or even forestry – all that with the help of realistic machines, such as tractors and combine harvesters, all modelled after real-life vehicles and equipment. Number 1 – Stardew valley Stardew Valley masterfully combines the farming mechanic with RPG elements, crafting and exploration, resulting in an immensely engaging and addictive game with tons of content for long hours of gameplay. You start off with a plot of neglected land inherited from your grandfather, which you can slowly turn into a sprawling, lively farm with a variety of different crops and animals.
In order to achieve that, you will have to level up your skills in various areas, unlock crafting recipes for improved equipment and choose professions, which will enhance your effectiveness as a farmer. The Valley itself is a living world populated by an endearing ensemble of citizens who can be befriended or romanced – and who might provide different types of assistance in your farming endeavors. Through your improvement of your own land, you can help bring the town to its former glory and become a vital member of the community. So, that’s it for our list! What do you think about our picks? Did we include your favourite farming game, or do you think our list is not complete?