On the surface, Faefarm looks like a game that wouldn’t be up my alley. It’s cutsie Chibi-like art style and it’s emphasis on crafting, farming, fishing, and dating. I’d put it in the same “that’s not for me” box that I did with other farming simulators like Stardew Valley, Harvestella, and the oldie Farmville.
Let’s dive into it.
In Fae Farm, you play as a traveler who decides to settle down Azoria. An isle where Fae and humans live side by side. There is something amiss on the island and it’s up to you to set things right. While this game’s narrative isn’t going to be a contender for the best storyline of the year it’s deeper than you’d expect from a cozy farming game.
The one thing I never expected about playing Fae Farm was how addicting it is to do the most basic things. You’ll spend quite a bit of time farming, mining, foraging, fishing, and settling the land around your farm. You do all this and more activities all the while managing your health and stamina meter. As you do tasks your stamina goes down and when it’s depleted you have to sleep and rest for the night. When you wake up you begin another day with reinvigorated energy. I love that you can stay out as late as you want as long as you have the energy for it.
Another thing that I was pleasantly surprised about is the game’s combat. I wasn’t expecting there to be combat of any sort due to the genre, let alone a simplistically fun system built around you welding magic and potions. You are armed with a magic staff that grants you abilities like charming your enemies or using the elements like the wind to defeat your foes.
As you play through the main story you are introduced to new activities and new areas. Just when you think you’ve seen everything that the game has to offer your are introduced to fun new elements.
Another aspect of Fae Farm that’s worth praise, is it’s quality of life features. You can grab and use any of your items even if there in your house storage, by simply opening up your menu and selecting them. This feature comes in handy, especially
when your are cooking one of the games many recipes. It’s also great that you always automatically use the tool that you need to do a job. If your at a tree or a log you’ll automatically use an axe to cut it, same with watering the plants, or digging up crops. You have so many tools at your disposal and it switching automatically with the right tool for the job is such a time saver.
My favorite feature of the game is the Fae Realm. Here you have access to a second farm, house, pen for the livestock and a fishing spot. The plants are easier to care
for here because they stay watered longer than usual.
With a game like this where you are choosing your own path with your own character, it would have been a nice tough to be able to create a character that looks like you. I’m a Chocolate man with a low cut haircut. I couldn’t create a character that looked remotely close to me. The character creation options are thin, especially for black people. I know that’s only a small peace of the games audience, but it never fun to be on the short end of the stick.
Overall/Should you Play Fae Farm:
I admit to being absurdly close-minded towards games like Stardew Valley, Harvestella, and Animal Crossing. Due to the addictive gameplay of Fae Farm I’ve seen the error in my ways. This game is dangerously fun. While it doesn’t have a super deep story the narrative is surprisingly engaging. While the character creation suite feels lacking the gameplay and quality of life features are enough to make Fae Farm an easy recommendation.
Where Should Fae Farm fit in your video game backlog:
Here at the ProNerd Report and on the Single Player Experience Podcast, we practice the 10 games backlog rule. In this practice, you log down 10 games, those games are gonna be your video game backlog. To be as productive as you possibly can be, we recommend that you only play three games at one time. One single player narrative game, one game that’s gonna be your chill and relaxed game, and another game that’s going to be your palate cleanser game, which is a game that you play when you’re not in the mood for your other narrative. When you complete or get tired of one game, it leaves the backlog list. Then you decide which new game is added to the list, and which game on the list advances to your active three games.
Fae Farm– If you are into Village or Farm Management games then you should check out Fae Farm in your video game backlog. This is for sure a game that should be in your chill and relax spot or your palette cleanser spot.
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