GAME NAME: My Exotic Farm
DEVELOPER(S): BiP Media
PUBLISHER(S): BiP Media
PLATFORM(S): Nintendo Wii U
RELEASE DATE(S): April 10th, 2014
Last month I reviewed BiP Media’s Wii U title My Farm. It was a simplistic farm simulation game based for the kiddos. It was a bit repetitive but a good starting simulation title for young people. This month BiP is back with a new Title in the My Farm series titled My Exotic Farm, where you will raise Ostriches, Monkeys, Parrots and Hippos amongst other exotic animals instead of the normal chicken, cow and others.
In My Exotic Farm, you play as a character who has become sick of the city life and decide to take refuge as an exotic farm owner. Owning your very own farm might not be as easy as you think though. As you start out with very little money, you will have to raise ostriches and parrots in order to sell eggs and feathers to build up more funds in order to purchase higher costing animals and expand your farm. There are 10 animals in total ranging from the birds mentioned earlier to monkeys, hippos and giraffes. You can build upgrades to your farm as well, that will let you have more animals and better scenery.
There is absolutely no difference in the game from My Farm except the visual scenery and animals you get. The game can be played by moving the sticks to move around your farm, with the left stick moving and the right stick zooming. Most of the gameplay however is done on the touchpad. You will slide the feed or medicine over top of the animals, rub the animals to clean them or even rub your farm to clean up some poop. It’s nice to see a game where it feels like the second screen is a necessity even though it makes the TV display seem tacked on. Keeping your animals happy and your farm clean is the main goal and there are also challenges that help you level up and get more money, animals and feed.
The graphics and sound are fitting for the game but it isn’t anything better than you would have seen on a Gamecube. It’s simplistic and to the point which is fine for the type of game that it is. The sound effects and music go well with the game and the title music is even pretty catchy.
I would recommend My Exotic Farm for children between the ages of 7-14 and even some adults who like simplistic simulation games that don’t require a huge amount of multitasking. There really isn’t enough to warrant a new purchase of this if you are tired of My Farm and are just looking for a new game. This just feels like a skin, not an add on. The 5 dollar price tag makes it a little more inviting to those who liked the first and want to try this one though. It is a fun game for a while but may become tedious for gamers looking to do more then just feed and pet their animals. Overall though it should be more than enjoyable for the recommended age group.