Farm Heroes Super Saga is the brand new game released by King, the creators of the tantalisingly titanic Candy Crush series. The sequel to the much loved Farm Heroes, Farm Heroes Super Saga looks to expand the game with added; game modes, social integration and ,new features. As arguably the biggest player in the free-to-play mobile space what does King’s new venture have in-store for players?
Given the task of overcoming the Rancid Raccoon and winning the country show the player must complete a set of grid based match three- style puzzles to progress. At the top of the screen the player is given a quota of items whether it is tomatoes or flowers they have to be collected to complete the level. The interesting deviation is the use of many different modes, and how they combine makes for a good level of challenge
Most noticeably the biggest addition to Farm Heroes Super Saga is the ‘Super Cropsie’, this is made when the player matches four pieces in a square. These pieces are worth far more than the standard pieces and are crucial in helping the player progress. It’s an interesting feature that has the player looking for varying patterns on the board and gives the player more options to tackle each challenge.
Much more than just a match 3 game, Farm heroes Super Saga has added a few interesting mechanics. The Acorn mechanic has players matching up a squirrel and his beloved Acorn by moving them adjacent to each other. This is the only way to collect the Acorn and helps the player to consistently focus on each turn moving both closer adding an extra layer of tactical depth to the approach. I found this a trough but welcome challenge.
The wind mechanic shifts pieces in the direction you swiped, instead of dropping from the top of the screen. This took a few levels for me to adjust to but it made me become more thoughtful of each individual move, as simply matching anything and everything would result in certain failure.
Probably my favourite feature of the games is the instantaneous boss battles against Rancid Raccoon. He appears in certain levels and throws tin cans onto the board. The player must match a line adjacent to the can to do damage (he has a health bar and everything). This feature coupled with the other mechanics can make the board seem super hectic and congested, but super satisfying when you overcome the level. It should be noted if you fail to defeat Rancid Raccon, upon retrying the level you won’t come across him until the next encounter. I enjoyed this because it gave the battle some stakes.
Free to play is much you have come to expect. The player in given lives that run out after failure to complete a level. These lives are replenished after waiting for a timer to tick down or through additional micro transactions. The game uses a gold currency that can be used to extend your go instead of starting the whole level again. From what I played each time gold was used it added an additional five turns so make sure to use it wisely. Gold can also be purchased through micro transactions.
All in all Farm Heroes Super Saga is an exciting next step in the free-to-play genre. It hasn’t rested on its laurels with subtle improvement that adds to an overall better experience, whilst having the potential to keep players hooked for a long time to come.