Pretty tasty recipe is as follows.
1 cup of Harvest Moon
A Dash of Fruit Ninja
9oz of Diner Dash
A few hundred (very) fresh zombies
and a pinch of Tower Defence
Stick them in a blender and beat until awesome. Bon appetit, Farm for your life is served.
Farm for your life is a sweet little gem of a game that takes the elements of a few classic games (referenced above) and somehow manages to pull it off.
You begin your life on a pretty sweet looking farm in the middle of the cutest little Zombie apocalypse ever, lose it all to a storm and refurbish it all from the ground up.
Plant your crops, harvest and rennovate a restaurant that caters to other survivors that will trade you goods for food, allowing you to upgrade and improve. Reinforce the farm, build corn cannons, slingshots and pumpkin catapults to fend off the hungry (and cute) undead. Attract survivors to live on your steading and help out with the tasks you assign to them.
Farm for your life is a regular jack of all trades, yet master of none. For what it is, it pulls it off brilliantly and delivers hours of enjoyment. There's something here for the casual and not so casual gamer.
The game isn't without it's faults here and there, but nothing that can't be easily overlooked (especially for the price of the game + bagging it during the Halloween sale). The farm itself isn't huge, the buildings and upgrades are pre-determined in their positioning, removing most of the customizable options for those that would be seeking it. Some of the dialogue in English has been misspelled due to translation (which is a tiny complaint, owing to the fact that it's like 98% fine.) The most amusing translation error is that "Grass" is labeled as "Gras."
When altering your character's appearance at the house, it has a tendency to randomly alter beard/hair colour (which is easily fixed by going back into the house and selecting the colour you intended.)
Full plates of food/beverages can get stuck on the tables in the restaurant and become non-interactive at times, which I've only noticed happening when I've set my character to perform a task that a worker suddenly attempts to perform at the same time. This is easily fixed by saving, exiting to the main menu and returning to the game.
Nothing game breaking that I've run into, yet. The flaws really do feel so minor to me that I don't even notice unless I'm forced to recall them (like writing a review).
It's hard not to love a game that pays homage to existing classics and owns up to in the achievements. One of the real winning points for me was that I noticed you have the option to play the game without zombies in it. My girl's very phobic of zombies, yet loves games like this. It was great to know she could play without having to worry about that, which turned out it wouldn't be a problem anyways.
The zombies in this game are adorable, they don't even eat people. They're vegetarian zombies that bust down your fences to eat your crops. There's not a gun in sight, you defeat them by lobbing corn husks at their heads, or letting your automated defenses finish them off for you.
A concept that might seem a little blasphemous to viscera chomping, plague spreading, Romero-esque zombies that I've been a fan of all my days. But, jeez... just look at em!
Farm for your life is triumphant! Stop reading and buy it already!