Video Game Reviews Tiki Farm on Facebook

Tiki Farm is a Facebook farming game produced by Playdom. Tiki Farm can best be described as a Farmville clone with a tropical island feel.

In Tiki Farm, you are the owner of an island upon which you plant and harvest crops. Tiki Farm revolves around a simplistic cycle of leveling: buy seed / plant seed / water / wait / harvest crop / sell crop. This cycle is the focal point of Tiki Farm and the primary means of gaining experience and money.

Increased experience allows you unlock different crops for purchase. The main value of different crops is that they possess varied planting times. For example, the mushroom crop takes 15 minutes of real time from planting until harvesting while the eggplant crop has a 4 hour time. Since time passes regardless if you are logged into the game, the frequency and amount of your playing style will dictate which crop you want to plant. Higher level crops add different choices regarding planting time and thus increase the likelihood you will be logged in to harvest your crops at the appropriate time.

Tiki Farm includes the standard farming game elements such as trees, animals and buildings. There are minor unique elements in these ancillary items that add to gameplay. As an example, you can feed your dairy cow grown alfalfa once per day. If you feed your cow alfalfa, it will produce 5 jugs of milk which can be sold for far more than the grown alfalfa. While these elements are interesting at first, they quickly become a boring variation on the common farming cycle of leveling.

Tiki Farm allows you to purchase additional islands to expand your area of farming. This idea of a “separate farm” is somewhat unique as it allows for the creation of independent farms with different designs and decorations. Unfortunately, these additional islands cost an exorbitant amount of in-game money. As in most free-to-play Facebook games, you can choose to spend real money in lieu of in-game money to buy islands and make other purchases.

The real money system relies upon Facebook credits. If you so choose, you can buy Facebook credits with real dollars and use them to buy digital items within Tiki Farm. The selection of real money items is large, but there is no gameplay difference between the real money items and the standard game money items. At this point, there is no reason to spend real money on Tiki Farm.

With the crowded landscape of farming games on Facebook, it is difficult for a game to stand out. Tiki Farm’s comparative advantageous lie in the island theme and slanted camera perspective.  These are not sufficient to justify playing Tiki Farm, particularly when Farmville offers every gameplay function that Tiki Farm possesses and includes many additional features. Tiki Farm is not worth your time. Plant your farm elsewhere.