Your community was taken down by a heavy storm which caused an apocalypse and unleashed the living dead. Together with the other survivors, it is your task to rebuild and to allow that sustainable life can still be assured. Cultivate your farm and manage your restaurant to provide food and deal with all the zombies.
User reviews: Very Positive (238 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 5, 2013
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"Great combination of harvest moon-style farming, restaurant management and tower defense gameplay together. Nice casual relaxing fun for about 6-8 hours"
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“There’s something for everyone in this game, whether you enjoy the farming, diner, or tower-defense genre. As such, “Farm for your Life” is the type of game that I’d be hard-pressed not to recommend.”
8/10 – Dad's Gaming Addiction

About This Game

Your community was taken down by a heavy storm which caused an apocalypse and unleashed the living dead. Together with the other survivors, it is your task to rebuild and to allow that sustainable life can still be assured. Cultivate your farm and manage your restaurant to provide food and deal with all the zombies.

It’s a strange Time Management Game. The light-hearted style of a casual game collides with elements, which are usually only seen in horror genres. Discover the contrast, which takes both genres for a wild ride.

Key Features


  • Combining elements from farming, tower defense and time-management genres
  • Set up and cultivate your farm with a lot of different fruits, vegetables and animals
  • Build, manage and upgrade your own restaurant and provide the others with a wide variety of dishes
  • Protect your farm by building mazes and towers. Our zombies are vicious vegetarians!
  • Design your own character
  • Get stuck in an unbloody, fruity survival-feeling
  • Story mode provides 5-6hours of gameplay
  • Peaceful mode for dedicated farmers
  • Original soundtrack

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 supported
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit or 32-bit Ubuntu Linux
    • Graphics: Vendor-made graphics drivers
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
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52 of 58 people (90%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Ok, my first review ever. The reason I bought this game was because I was going through one of those "I have hundreds of games but nothing to play" phases on my day off. It honestly took me by surprise, and I quickly got addicted.

Farm for your Life seems to have been put together by ideas from other games.
-You have the farming aspect which is similar to that of Harvest moon and runic frontier. The farming is the bread and butter of the game, as you can imagine by taking a look at the title. You have some land, you clear it, plow it, barter for seeds, sow them, water them, and occassionally sprinkle some fertilizer to keep the plants from dying.

-You have your restaurant, which is really the feature that caught me. You serve dishes made with your produce at the restaurant. Instead of getting paid in game currency or something, you barter with your clients and can actually choose what you want from their inventory (which is pretty awesome when you desperately need more of a specific supply). As you expand your farm, you can upgrade your restaurant to accommodate more people and expand the range of dishes you serve. Also, to learn any dish, you must first purchase it from the peddler, go to the oven, and play fruit ninja with the ingredients. The better you do, the faster you can cook that particular dish.

-You then have zombies. When night falls, zombies pop out from paths at the edge of the map and walk ever slowly towards your farm and restaurant to destroy it. Like Plants vs Zombies, you will end up using your crops to kill them by throwing it at them. You can also use items you bartered for in your restaurant to create defensive turrets like a corn cannon to cover one side of the map while you fight in the other.

This all seems like a lot to do, and it is, specially when your farm and restaurant are heavily upgraded. But you recieve NPC help in exchange for shelter and a daily meal. They pop up as you expand.

The story overall was decent, but not much different than endless. It could use a few more tweeks.

I would give the game a 9/10. With a little more indepth story and some more content, it would be perfect.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
45.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
I really wish I could recommend this game. It’s fun and all BUT ….It’s broken and it seems as if the development team has absolutely no intentions on fixing any of its issues. For the first week or so it was out on steam the developer was active with the community, but once they made sales.. poof, best magic show disappearing act ever! Check out the HUGE Bug Reports discussion in the games Community Hub, if you glance it over you can see the developer say he will look at them all "over the weekend" them come back and say he was too busy to look at them. That was.. over 50 days ago as of this review… still no word on fixes.

I don't think I will ever trust Hammer Labs with my money ever again, Its clear that they are only out to make a quick buck then move on to the next thing, there is no care to if the product actually functions or not.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
What is Farm for your Life?

Overview:
Farm for your Life is a nice mix of casual farming and casual restaurant simulation, without however a time limit on the restaurant part. People will pay you and stay until they are served, taking up spaces in the restaurant instead, so you can't get any more customers until they are gone.

The game is controlled entirely with the mouse from an isometrical perspective. It clearly is inspired by games such as Harvest Moon or its clones without however reaching that depth. There are two relevant options at the start of a game - campaign or free play, zombies attack at night or not. If you choose the campaign mode you start with practically nothing, and can build up your farm relatively freely. The ultimate goal then is to survive the zombie apocalypse. If you choose to be attacked at night, you must waste your resources on defeating zombies or they plunder your farm.

Gameplay:
The game, as said above, is controlled with the mouse entirely. The controls are 95 percent fine, but if you have the shovel selected you can very easily destroy your plants by accident. You can select four tools, but with the exception of the shovel they are used automatically without being selected anyway. In your farm and restaurant level, you build up the farm while in the forest level you can collect wood and stone which are needed for buildings and stone as ammunition for the slingshot weapon. Every resource except coins can also be used for trading. Coins seem to be only a tutorial leftover without any real use.

The farming is done by planting seeds, watering plants and fertilizing them every now and then. Talking to plants makes them grow faster, but the effect seems limited, probably to one growth boost per individual harvest. Seeds are very expensive but only expire if you don't take care of them. If they are watered and fertilized - water is for free while fertilizer costs a small amount of resources equal to one harvest or two for corns - before the meters drop to zero, the plants last forever, so you make a profit sooner than later.

The restaurant must be built first with your wood and other resources, then guests will visit it to eat something. You can buy various recipes at the merchant for high prices, but they eventually amortise. The guy in front of it allows you to buy improvements and other useful tools. After a while - probably depending on how many recipes you have - several other people join you and automatically cook or farm. The help is very welcome since the AI works very fast. However, it once messed really up for me, resulting in plants being not watered, etc.
You can have chickens and cows but they take a long time to produce eggs and milk and eat a lot, so you will need to grow wheat and grass for them. As far as I see, they won't die even with few food but won't produce resources then.

At night you get attacked by zombies if you chose so in the settings. You should turn this off since it is just annoying. Zombies take several resources to be defeated and give no benefits. They destroy your fences pretty quickly as well, so later several weapon systems are a must, which - you guessed it - also eat a lot of resources. Slingshots take stone and seem pretty fine, but you need many then. Corn cannons are also fine, but eat a lot of corn. At first it is fun but if you need to defend against 5 or 6 zombies every night it becomes just annoying. Just turn it off before you start the game, unless you enjoy survival things.

Logic error: The zombies in the forest attack you - you must avoid them to keep your resources. The zombies in the farm steal only your resources and maybe destroy your things (I didn't test that).

Graphics:
The graphics are the usual casual cuteness style. Positive is that you can customize how your character should look either at the start of the game or later by entering your house - which is the only purpose of your house.

Sound:
The sound is fine, it is nothing spectacular but also not disturbing.

Achievements:
Several achievements are bugged, as far as I read. This diminishes the value of an otherwise enjoyable game.

Recommended:
Since the developer seems to have given up the game in a state with a few bugs left, it is worth getting in a sale or - like now at IndieRoyale - in a bundle. The price of 8,99€ would be okay for the length, but not for the gameplay and support. I recommend waiting for a 70p off or more sale if you miss the bundle.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Harvest Moon + survival aspect + zombies + Diner Dash + Fruit Ninja = This game.

It's cute, easy to play, addicting, and fun.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
It's a pretty fun game but still rather buggy. The zombies sometimes walk right through the fence even though there's no opening. People sometimes get stuck at the tables even after they've been served and never leave. Taking up a spot. And the part where you learn the recipes. The food zips over a pot and you have to chop it and have it land in the pot. It rarely does and it flies by really fast. I love fruit ninja and I can hardly complete most of the recipes to get the food into the pot.

Also you can assign workers to work in the kitchen. They get stuck running in place. At one point all three of them wandered off to the corner of the map and were stuck running in place against the river. I couldn't figure out how to get them to stop.

Conceptually it's really fun, if it didn't have all the dang bugs I'd recommend it. Hopefully they'll fix them.

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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Entertaining for an hour or two, then quickly loses appeal. Harvest Moon + Diner Dash with no story, no objectives, and nothing to hold your attention for terribly long.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Excellent and Fun Game! I wish it was longer and had more content, but for the price, it was worth it. Farming, business running, and zombies all mixed together makes for a great game!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Bought this on sale not knowing anything about it. I've been super busy with work lately but I decided to take a "quick" break and give this game a try. Before I knew it, it was 4 in the morining and I hadn't left my computer for hours!

I'm not usually into casual games, or even games in this style.genre, but I thought this was really fun. There's quite a few directions you can go while playing/farming and that allows you to learn and play again with a better plan. Really fun, totally worth it on sale!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Its probably a good little game... but I wouldnt know as it constantly crashes..
Pick a Potato.. Crash!
Milk a Cow.. Crash!
Change screen resolution.. Crash!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Farm for Your Life is a fantastic game if you are looking for a little bit of everything - the hybrid genres and gameplay make for a unique and charming take on classic elements that are already very popular on their own. This was a perfect game that I got in a bundle, especially considering that I had already recently played many fun tower-defense games (like Tower Wars) and great restaurant managemen games like Cook, Serve Delicious; and Dead Hungry Diner. This game mixes mechanics from those games very well.

If you like farming (agriculture, AND also RPG/dungeon-style grinding), restaurant management, the zombie theme, tower defense, and bartering systems, then you will really love this game.

The aesthetics are good, the cute character models and graphics remind me a lot of the Mii avatars you can make on the Wii (or your avatars in Xbox Live), with large heads and small bodies. The character customization is limited, but still has a decent variety. The music and sounds are good and match the semi-casual (the game can get brutally difficult if you let it) and (at times) relaxing gameplay.

The controls are easy to learn and the tutorial quickly covers the basics of the game, however, balancing everything there is to do in the game can get overwhelming at times. The learning curve is moderate to difficult, depending on your experience with the different genres present in the game - and especially your ability to juggle different priorities. There is a "peaceful" farming-only mode (no enemy zombies), and if you are not interested in that extra hazard, I suggest you give that a try. Personally, I really believe there is already a lot to do in the game, but I picked the story mode and welcome the added challenge. The story is decent, but many things are left unsaid and you may end up having to consult a guide if you do not understand what to do.

In regards to the actual gameplay, there is a lot of things to do, and each aspect of the game really appeals to me for different reasons.

As a farmer, you can dig areas to plant with your shovel, harvest wood/rocks with your axe/hammer, and use your sickle to collect grass (that you plant), among other things. Be advised, you cannot use these tools to attack zombies. Your plants have two requirements for life: water and health. You are given a blue watering can that can nourish up to 4 plants before you need to refill it - 2 red watering cans are available at the store and can be used to water significantly more plants. For maintaining health, you can use fertilizer on applicable plants - I am fairly certain that doing this will restore a plant's health to full regardless of how low you let it get.

When you harvest plants, you can only hold one item at a time, however, building a crate will allow you to carry up to 4 items.

You also have a kitchen service, and customers will come starting from late morning/early afternoon until the evening (there is a clock that will show you the time splits). These customers will ask for different food/drinks from you, and you can accept/decline, as well as negotiate the terms of the trade. This is one of my most favorite parts, because I have recently gotten into Steam trading and really enjoy it. You can haggle pretty well, and you will also notice that your ability to lowball will increase as you progress through the game (because different plants have different values). You can even trade for plates and cups and use them at the store (extremely high value). Upgrades to your kitchen (and farm) are available here. Examples include more tables, tents (to attract and house helpers), and sprinklers (very useful).

There is a store that provides different recipes and plant seeds - these will expand as you progress through the game. It is almost impossible (if not completely) to haggle with the shopkeeper. There is a good feedback system that will tell you "x more required" for each item you hover over when trying to achieve a balanced trade.

Helps will become available as you progress, and you can assign them to either help with farming or in your kitchen. You must also feed them every early morning before they will work.

To learn recipes, you must do a short mini-game that is a lot like Fruit Ninja - you use the mouse to "slice" the correct ingredients into a pot. You can achieve 1 to 3 stars, and having the max amount will allow you to cook much the item much faster.

You can wander into the forest at any time for rocks and wood, however, zombies are roaming all over the place. If you are touched by one, you will lose all of your collected materials by half. I've noticed that there is a short window after being hit by a zombie where you will be ignored by all zombies. This part can be very annoying, especially if you get trapped by a horde.

At night, zombies will sometimes try to attack your farm. During this part, you can try to herd them by arranging your fences like a maze. There are also turrets you can purchase from the kitchen, each doing significantly more damage than the last. At first, you will most likely be defending your farm by throwing any food items at the zombies.

Admittedly, the AI is not the best, as your helpers will most times prioritize picking up ripe plants versus watering ones that are about to die. I've also noticed that your character will sometimes pick up a plant instead of watering it (happens infrequently).

The game is appropriately challenging and really tests your planning and priotizing skills - do I attend to my farm or my customers first? Expanding takes a lot of work and effot, as it is very easy to become overwhelmed. I once spent an entire day just working on my farm and ignored all customers. You also unlock chickens and cows later on, adding even more variety to the gameplay.

Overall, if you like any of the themes mentioned in the beginning, you should definitely give this game a try. There is even an endless mode that allows you to really unleash your inner farmer. The game may be slow in the beginning, but it quickly picks up in a short amount of time.

Highly recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I bought this game on sale and it was.. sort of alright for the first 20 minutes. After that it's just a boring mess though.

TL;DR:
+ Character customisation is very basic and quite limited but there's a couple of interesting options to make.
+ The art style for the game is interesting and it's quite well done. It doesn't interest me personally, though.
+ Nice concept for a game.
+ Fruit ninja style minigame is fairly fun because of the physics but it's also quite pointless.

- Has quite a lot of game breaking glitches.
- Expensive at full price (or anything less than a heavy discount) for the amount of content that's here.
- Very repetitive and slow gameplay which has you standing around a lot doing nothing for a lot of the time.
- The trading system in the game is unbalanced. Items such as seeds that you need at the start are so expensive that it takes around half an hour just to buy one seed.
- The english in the game is atrocious. It's obviously not the developers' first language so it's acceptable, but hardly one sentence in the game is spelt or worded correctly.
- The single music track in the game isn't anything special and is quite repetitive.



The first time I played the game, the first 20 minutes went alright, i'd finished the tutorial and I got onto the main game. Then I exited the game and came back to it, and my save file had somehow become corrupted and the game had saved me at the last section of the tutorial but some of the main characters were invisible so I couldn't actually progress.

After I started the game a second time, I got onto the actual main part of the game and honestly, it's just boring.

There's 3 "sections" to the game; Collect ingredients (apparently mostly by farming), restraunt simulator where you serve customers, and then a fruit ninja minigame.
The fruit ninja game from what I could tell was alright but completely pointless and too difficult because the recipes required you to chop so many ingredients in 10 seconds which didn't even appear on time for you to chop them up, nevermind to add them into the bowl as well. You get a star rating but if you had anything more than 10 seconds (which was impossible to get anyway), you only got 1 star for the dish, and it seemed to have no impact on the dish.

Unless i'm missing something, the game is ridiculously slow. There's not really any sense of direction in the game after you start serving customers in the restraunt, You "trade" with customers and they give you an order of what they want to eat, and then sit at the tables eternally. I had a customer sitting at the restraunt taking up space for 3 days because I had to wait for the ingredients to grow for what she wanted to eat.

The controls are awkward. I don't think there's a way to actually drop items from your basket without actually using them up or adding them into your chest. Double clicking seemed to be involved a lot and it didn't seem to always work.

"combat" is horrible. I'm not sure why it was included because it doesn't actually fit in with the game and the zombies don't even really pose as a threat. It's just annoying to have to find something to throw at the zombies when they appear, and for the first hour of the game it seemed to be only one zombie a night that would appear.

There's a trading system in place which allows you to barter for items. But the items that you have to actually buy are so costly that I found myself giving away pretty much all of what I had just to be able to aquire a single seed.

Also, the customers at the restraunt will ask you to cook them things that you haven't even unlocked yet, and if you accept you'll have to have them wait until you've actually unlocked it, and then wait even longer so that you actually have the ingredients to cook it.

There looked to be some sort of exploration aspect to the game but I haven't gotten that far because the game hasn't actually asked me to explore for any reason yet.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This game is 3 of my favorite things rolled into one...farming, restaurant, and zombies. The play is pretty straightforward, the graphics are cute, there are even quests.

I kind of love it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
There's quite a few directions you can go while playing/farming and that allows you to learn and play again with a better plan.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
A surprisingly enjoyable casual game blending influences from titles such as Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing various tablet and social media games to produce a fun resource management game.

The three key aspects of the game are upkeep of the farm, management of a makeshift diner and repelling zombie attacks. This encompasses watering, fertilizing, harvesting food, chopping wood, pounding rocks, management of livestock, fulfilling food requests and general progression through upgrading your farm using resources gained mostly through serving customers at the diner and harvested crops.

An example of the upgrades is the recipe system, these are purchased from the town merchant and are then learned via a fruit ninja style mini game. Various upgrades such as seating capacity, food storage, tents which allow the recruitment of helpers and even a bridge to access your stranded cow all require the use of resources to unlock. All but the most basic seeds also need to be purchased before you can set about farming them.

An enjoyable game with content and longevity being the only obvious stumbling blocks.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
OK, so besides the crashing and the broken achievemnts and the failing to load after the game has been beaten... yeah if you don't take all of that into account then the game is pretty fun! It's a really simple farm that you can build anything you want, anywhere you want it. Do what you like each day and build your farm up just the way you like! Fun little minigames make the game more enjoyable and the colorful graphics are also a big plus. It's got it's shortcomings though, it's super short, and has quite a few bugs. I would wait until the developers actually complete the game before buying it, otherwise you will be frustrated as i was while playing it. Hope this helps!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I got this game when it was on sale for a few bucks and did not expect much. However, the game manages to combine two things i like to do the most in survival games (Minecraft, 7D2D, ...), namely: Harvest resources and take care of other survivors by providing food and shelter. The trade aspect in this game was rather surprising and the cooking minigame is fun the few times it appears. If you want a perfect playthrough you can expect about 10 hours total; A fast playthrough can easily be done in under 5 hours. Overall i was surprised that when i started this game for the first time and after a while checked the clock, several hours had passed - so i can only recommend this if you get it for under 5$ and want to hit zombies with corn cobs while feeding people in your restaurant and getting the next upgrade for your farm from that greedy merchant whilst running around to make sure your plants don't dry up. Also, your farm hands expect bed & (warm) breakfast. For the casual look it surprisingly feels like there is much to do all the time :) I hope there comes a way bigger and more complex sequel with a longer/better story and more in-depth gameplay - I'd buy it!
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
It's got a lot of bugs. Someone forgot to add the second "s" in grass for the seeds. Slicing games just are not fun on the PC. I enjoyed it for a little while but I can't justify spending more than a couple dollars for this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I've been looking for a game like this for awhile. It reminds me alot of harvest moon. Its alot of fun, the controls are really easy. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good farming game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Its a very fun game and very addictive for you people that loves zombie games and farming games :) (Bad english)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
awesome game!!!!!!
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