Never let it be said that developers like SuperCell don’t understand farming game simulators. Plants and animals, planting and feeding, buying and selling; these are the staples of the genre where Hay Day belongs. Gamers have come to expect them, so developers and especially publishers hesitate to change up a tried-and-true formula. Hay Day by SuperCell follows just such a formula. It doesn’t break any new ground, but fans of farming simulator games on mobile probably won’t care — as long as they can get past some problems.
The 2D terrain graphics in Hay Day are attractive and well detailed, though nothing special. The other graphics are a mixed bag. The voice acting is absolutely atrocious, even worse than the dialogue the “actors” had to read. Together, they make talking to characters a painful experience akin to stabbing an ice pick in your chest. After only a few minutes of listening to it, most people would probably choose the ice pick. It is possible for the player to turn the voices off and not miss the quest dialogue, but considering how bad it is, this is only a marginal improvement.
The biggest problem with Hay Day, aside from the voice acting, is the difficulty. Even on the easier of the and the early part of the game, so the player’s margin of error is very narrow. Inventory can’t be accessed unless the characters are in a the farm itself, nor can the player increase its ranks. This restriction doesn’t add anything to the game and really makes it more difficult for no reason.
Not all is bad in Hay Day. The game ships with multiplayer support for online online gameplay. Multiplayer is similar to the single-player but with so much features added. Getting into a game is very easy, and Hay Day has plenty of choices for selecting different faces and bodies. Something not seen before is how plants and animals actually change the way a farm looks. Choosing a higher exp plants will make the leveling faster.
As with most farming simulator games, the thrill of gaining more experience points and finding better items, products, and leveling are addictive enough that some people might be able to put up with the difficulty. With a patch to fix the issues mentioned in Hay Day, players will surely enjoy the game more.