One of the newest Zynga created games to hit Facebook is FrontierVille, where you have to clear land, build a home, village, and family, all while fighting bears, snakes and searching for gold to keep you going. The app installs on your profile just like any other app, and general game play is similar to many other profile based apps. That is, use your energy to build up resources to complete quests or gain rewards, so you can keep building up resources and keep completing quests. If you’re not generally a fan of quest based games, this may not be something you’ll enjoy. Like other games, energy runs out (and always seems to do so too quickly) and you have to wait until more replenishes (starting out you get 1 energy about every 2 minutes), but there are other tasks you can perform at your neighbors while you wait.
Some of the simple things you can do include clearing grass and chopping trees, or feeding your animals. Each provides unique rewards. In doing these things, you often progress towards succeeding in quests. I’m not sure if there’s much point to playing the game at all if you don’t want to follow quests. The game becomes a lot more fun once you add neighbors (your Facebook friends who also play the game), as FrontierVille offers big rewards for helping out at your neighbors ‘homesteads.’ That’s not to say you couldn’t go solo, but it’ll take longer to get anything accomplished. Some quests require you to ask your friends for gifts, or you have the option to put real money into the game to purchase the needed items.
One of the more annoying ‘features’ of FrontierVille v(still considered ‘Beta’ format) is the constant pop ups. When you complete a quest, clobber a snake, visit another homestead, there’s always a pop up telling you what you did, or what you got for doing it. Helpful sometimes – others it’s just in the way. Another problem with the Beta version, as with any Beta is that there are still bugs to be worked out. In playing the game today, there were several times I was brought to ‘page can not be displayed’ within my properly displayed Facebook page/profile, and was unable to complete the action. This happened when I tried to add a neighbor, once when I tried to visit another homestead, and once when I tried to visit the marketplace. Since I have been able to do all three without error.
My bottom line for this game is – it’s an easy game to play and can be a good time. If you like quests, playing individual based games with an aspect of helping your friends out, this is definitely something you should check out. The best way to find out what FrontierVille is like is just to give it a shot. It’s easy, but it’s also involved enough to take pages and pages to describe in an article. If you don’t like it – you can remove it from your profile in a few clicks!