I tried Farmville facebook game after hearing that there’s like millions of players or whatever. I tested this Tamagotchi game and came to the conclusion that those 29 seconds were more than enough.
To me, Farmville design is like:
- Grow stuff to get more stuff to be able to grow more stuff
I guess that hits the nerve of every Diablo player (like me). Now they add a social aspect in Farmville and you can:
- Invite your friends to loan their stuff back and forward so that you can do stuff.
That’s it, in all simplicity. (Based on my solid 29 seconds of experience).
Add fancy graphics, customization, tons of content, loads of players…. and so on and you have Farmville.
I think the game core mechanism is bloody simple (which is good, I like simplicity). It also gives people way to progress… and apparently the social aspect and sharing must be fun too. But still it puzzles me a bit that why the heck there’s like million fans (or something) playing this game.
Is it really that darn addictive?
Anyone really played it for longer than me – what you think about the game?
(Hats off for the developers: darn good job in designing the game, executing the game design and marketing the game.)