Get your Farmville fix off Facebook with Smurf’s Village!

Smurfs village is a simple game that will give you your Farmville fix on your Android with a bit of city management added in. As the story goes, the evil wizard Gargamel has destroyed the Smurf’s homes and they have run into a forest to save themselves (and seem surprisingly optimistic about it). Your job with the help of Papa Smurf, the pack leader is to create a Smurfy place for the Smurfs to live in peace.

The game has many traditional elements. You have tasks to complete, completing them will give you experience points, XP will lead to new levels and new levels will unlock new stuff and so on. The game has cool cartoonish graphics and a small area in a forest clearing to play with. You can erect many structures such as houses, a bakery, a workshop to give added bonuses to gameplay. The basic gold earning will come from garderns. The idea is you build a garden, plant crops and a smurf will tend to the crops, once they mature, you can harvest them leading to XP and coin.

The number of gardens you have are limited by the number of smurfs you have which in turn are limited by the number of houses you have. All of the structures in the game and the crops take real world time to mature. So if you want to build a bridge across a river it takes 120 hours or 5 real world days. A house on the other hand takes about two hours to complete. You can speed up construction by feeding a smurf berry to the Smurf building the structure. This will require you to use the in-app purchases system to get more berries and build faster. You can also purchase other items with real money such as a wheel barrow for $50, but as you can tell, the prices are quite expensive and you’re better off playing the game for free instead.

Smurf’s Village also comes with Facebook integration. You can create a community of Smurf villages with your friends (on the same platform) through facebook, visit their villages and give and send gifts through Facebook aswell. This is to be expected considering how Facebook has seeped into every aspect of our lives. You can also take in-game pictures of your Smurf village and send it to friends.

That’s the details on the gameplay, and yes there is a lot of stuff to do, but I’m afraid Smurf’s village is not my type of game. Personally I love micro-management games and strategy games are my favorite, but Smurf’s village is too slow paced and it doesn’t wow you as some other games will. It’s a good casual game to play but if you are looking to really have fun, you should look for something else. Its obvious what Capcom has done here. Considering the ridiculous building times (5 days for a bridge, seriously?), you need Smurf berries if you want to get somewhere in the game in one life, that means spending hundreds of dollars online. In an age where people think twice before spending $50 on a quality PC/console video game, spending hundreds of dollars on a game for your cell phone, and that too not a very worthy one is totally unacceptable. Still from a casual perspective, its fun to play and you can judge for yourself if you go ahead and download it from the Android market.

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