Release: Nov 2012
Reviewed on: Wii U
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Armed with a weird name and Wii U exclusivity Funky Barn enters into the simulation genre, challenging players to build a farm of cute animals and manage your farm economy.
Starting at the basics as one would expect players are given a fairly barren plot of farm land, limited resources and only a small number of tools. Taking over after your uncle Hatsworth’s who died from staying out in the cold to long it is up to players to achieve his vision of an automated farm using the wonders of robotics.
Players have three different farms to conquer (easy, medium and hard) which will allow you to master farming before being challenged with harder map layouts. The game also includes a number of specific challenge scenarios to explore.
Your first action is to talk with helpful Farmer Rufus, your steady guide throughout your farming adventure. Soon after introductions players will have their first chicken delivered via stalk delivery. Each animal in your farm gets their own name and can be renamed if players are so inclined, farmers are also encouraged to give animals individual attention by patting animals to boost their happiness.
Caring for animals involves more than just gently stroking them though with food, water and shelter also being important to the long term health of your farm. Achieving this requires players to build water and food troughs while also constructing an appropriate barn for the animal.
Additionally players will need to place decorations, trees and plants to keep their animals happy. Happier animals create produce faster (ie; eggs from chickens) and prevent unhappy animals from leaving your farm. By achieving all these requirements players can improve their farm quality over time which unlocks farm levels and additional game items to use.
The simple nature of Funky Barn makes it ideal for a casual title and feels very much like Viva Pinata in design. Unfortunately some clunky elements in the interaction and building can make it a little frustrating.
- Build a dream farm in memory of your uncle.
- Advance through 7 different levels, unlocking new animals along the way.
- Play with your animals to boost happiness.
- Use robots to automate the harvesting of your farm produce.
- Conquer 3 different farms and various challenges.