I must admit, I had my doubts about buying the game, since I've played quite a few time management farming games in my time and felt like I've seen pretty much everything the genre had to offer. However, Farm Frenzy 4 was a pleasant surprise. Yes, basically it's the same old Farm Frenzy inside, but it does not fail to entertain you every second of the time spent playing. Lush colors, 3D, camera control - it's all pretty nice, maybe it's a matter of taste, but I liked the visuals. Music is great as well, all the rustic Country and Celtic themes somehow sound fresh and don't irritate you after hours of playing. Storyline with its mysterious take is rather good for this type of games, too.
But what really surprised me and made the game stand out of the similar farming clickers, is the attention to details and its constant aspiration to keep you occupied. I love having so much to do to find things while you're playing to up the money multiplier (I like the multiplier idea a lot. Sometimes I found my focus elsewhere rather than on my goals which created a real challenge) and the way you catch the bears is cool. All that quirky little perks like collecting things to trade them for bonuses, and animal combos leave no time to be idling about, either on levels or between them. The only complaint I'd like to voice is that it would be nice to have a little more detailed instructions on the collection items. And yes, maybe it's too easy sometimes - if you only pay attention to the primary objectives, getting the gold most of the time does not present a significant challenge. But when you've figured out the level strategy, previous Farm Frenzy got boring, and here, the fun only starts - you can hunt bears and moles, catch butterflies, collect apples and whatnot. Your mouse never rests at peace, and that feels good.
Overall, it's not the same old same old Farm Frenzy from yesteryear, but that's perfectly fine. Definitely recommend.