Fae Farm review
Enchanted dive into the magical world of Fae Farm
Fae Farm is a farm simulation RPG for 1-4 players. You can build, cultivate and decorate your own farm. Developed by Phoenix Labs, the game stands out for its immersion in a fairytale realm, where players are entrusted with the management of a farm unlike any other, skilfully combining the simplicity of agricultural life with magic and fantasy.
Discovering a magical new world
From the very first moments of play, players are greeted by dazzling landscapes. Detailed graphics and captivating visual effects create an immersive atmosphere, inviting players to explore every corner of this magical universe. An important point to mention concerns inclusivity. Phoenix Labs has succeeded hands down in demonstrating that everyone can be part of the Azoria universe. At the very start of the game, when the player chooses his or her character, numerous customization options are available. Almost everything is there, from the selection of pronouns to the inclusion of various types of accessories. What's more, most of the game's NPCs are equally diverse.
A world of limitless things to do
Since Fae Farm is a farm simulation RPG, it's no surprise that you'll have to manage animal husbandry, plant cultivation and resource management. What sets Fae Farm apart from other games of its kind is a clever mix of everyday farming tasks and magic. Magic is an integral part of the gameplay. This original combination makes for a refreshing farming simulation experience, where every day brings its share of magical discoveries.
You'll be able to explore dungeons where you'll find resources and minerals to improve your equipment and tools, as well as confronting creatures. There are also magical brambles surrounding the village, and it's up to you to solve the problem! What's more, you can develop friendships with the inhabitants of Azoria, who can become your partners if you give them gifts they like.
The quests offered in Fae Farm, especially at the start of the game, are not just tasks to be completed, but contribute to the overall story of the game. Exploring ancient ruins, solving magical puzzles and helping the kingdom's inhabitants keep players moving forward seamlessly.
How Fae Farm stands out from other similar games
As mentioned, Fae Farm is a farm simulation RPG, so it's not surprising to find the same dungeon, harvesting, resource gathering and production mechanics found in Stardew Valley, Coral Island, Story of Seasons and more. However, magic is at the heart of the Fae Farm experience. Players can discover and master a variety of spells, each offering distinct advantages for the farm. From magical rains that accelerate crop growth to protective charms for animals, the magic system adds an exciting, strategic dimension to the game.
What's more, decorating is another aspect that is very well developed, unlike other similar games. In fact, you have the opportunity to decorate your house to develop skills, so the concept of decoration is not just aesthetic.
Another area where Fae Farm stands out is in the use of tools. Unlike other farm simulation games, the character automatically selects the necessary tool according to the resource you want to collect, which simplifies tasks enormously.
A magical world with a few gaps
However, Fae Farm does have a few shortcomings. Firstly, the non-playable characters. They seem to lack a bit of life, and their dialogue is undeveloped. It can quickly become redundant to talk to each inhabitant and give them a gift every day.
Another point concerns the dungeon seal system. The player has to collect various minerals to make seals for the different floors unlocked, a concept that is neither very intuitive nor engaging, and sometimes the player realizes a little too late that he or she has made the wrong seal for a particular floor, and has to start the process all over again with the right seal.
The game introduces the concept of market stalls to sell your surplus and thus receive florins, the common currency in Azoria. However, you'll often have to make several trips back and forth to place your items on the stall, and there's a limit to the number of items you can sell per day, which is very restrictive.
Last but not least, the sheer number of things to do can quickly become overwhelming for the player, as there are main quests, side quests, tasks from locals as well as profession quests. You won't get bored with Fae Farm, that's for sure!
Fae Farm is much more than a simple farming simulation game. It's a total immersion in a fairytale realm where magic and farm management blend harmoniously. This is the perfect game for fans of agricultural simulation and fantasy. With its enchanting graphics, captivating magic system and universe rich in fantastic creatures, the game offers a unique experience. Although there is room for improvement in a few areas, it all adds up to a charming and unique adventure. It's an invitation to explore, cultivate and experience an enchanting adventure where every moment reveals new possibilities.
- Magic world
- Convenient tool interface
- Decoration that's not just aesthetic
- NPCs lack personality
- The number of things to do can be overwhelming
- Seal system
- Market stall concept