Archive for June, 2010
A few days ago, two new gnomes were discovered in the game files, which seem to bear an alpine theme:
We thought they were just one-offs, and thought nothing more of them. However, this morning we located an unreleased Swiss flag icon in the market! Looks like our next theme is going to be an alpine adventure!
P.S. Last night, FarmVille rolled out an update that runs every image file name through the Facebook API, encoding it. This makes loading faster, but also posting pictures of unreleased items (as well as released items that aren’t in the market) much more difficult, borderline impossible. We’ll do our best to keep you up to date, regardless of this new development.
This contains all unreleased items seen in the Japanese Garden load screen image, regardless of whether we’ve posted them before or not, organized from left to right in the image. (We’ll also add a newly-discovered Japanese item at the end.)
Tonight saw a rather sizable update, and we’re still attempting to get the wiki done. As such, pictures will probably be absent on here until tomorrow. In the mean time, enjoy a nice text blog of the update!
New Constructable Building:
A new constructable building, the Japanese Barn was released tonight. Not only is the building a limited edition building, but it actually functions as a storage barn once it’s finished! It expands in the same was as normal barns, allowing for 20, 25, or 30 storage spaces depending on your expansion amount.
Apparently due to popular demand, the Unwither Ring has made a return. This time, however, it is available in a blue box with new gems. The Black Pearl is especially nice.
The major update tonight was all about levels. The final ten levels to get to level 100 were released, but in a surprise, levels 101 through 999 were also added! Only levels 1 through 100 feature new titles and net the farmer Farm Cash as a reward, but there is certainly a lot of additional play here now, thanks to this welcome addition.
New permanent items:
As a companion update to the new levels, several new permanent items were added to the game, including four re-released crops.
- Seeds: Amaranth, Clover, Forget-Me-Not, White Roses
- Animal: Pheasant
- Decoration: Cattail Pond
- Gift: Jacaranda Tree
Only a lucky few will have most of these unlocked; the Jacaranda Tree even requires Level 100 before it can be sent!
This morning saw the release of the official FarmVille iPhone app for FREE! You can manage your farm, collect and send gifts, and even post animal adoption notices all from within the app. And as the app is free, Zynga likely missed a huge revenue possibility there, but users will no doubt appreciate the ease of access.
The app runs without Flash, but sadly retains the lag. (Actually, it can be slower than the game is, depending on your hardware and internet connection.) Still, it can be perfect for farming on the go. One of the greatest new features is that, to plow/plant/harvest with a machine, you can simply tap one plot and then drag your finger across all of the other plots you want to do that action to, as well.
We don’t have an iPhone ourselves, but we’d love to hear your discoveries with the new app!
With the impending holidays, you may no doubt be worried about your farm. We at FarmVille wanted to dedicate an article specifically to handling vacations on your farm. Granted, some of you may already have an idea of how to handle things in an event like this, but many do not. (A lot of this can also be used as helpful hints in general for playing around events like work, etc.)
Note: This article will continue to be updated if new releases may cause an issue with leaving your farm for a period of time.
In addition to these, we may be seeing a new co-op mission in the near future. We just discovered evidence of a mission entitled “Spring Bulbs” that would require the planting of 500 Lilies and 750 Red Tulips. It looks like it’ll be 2 day for the gold, 3 days for silver, and 4 days 21 hours for bronze. Other information is unknown at this time.
For today’s post, we’ll be breaking down the neighbors system and all that goes with it. From how to add them, to gifting, to even some helpful advice on choosing neighbors, we’ll cover it all!
First, we should differentiate neighbors from friends. “Friends” are all people that you are friends with on Facebook. This can include neighbors, as well as anyone else you have added over the years. ALL of your Facebook friends can see your wall posts unless you specifically set your permissions to exclude them. Likewise, you can give gifts to all of your friends, although it is not recommended to send a gift to people who do not play the game as it can be extremely annoying to non-players. Neighbors, on the other hand, are only the people you know, who you have specifically added as such, that play FarmVille. You are limited to a grand total of 300 neighbors at a given time.
If you wish to have more game neighbors but don’t have any more existing friends that play the game, you can easily find more online. It is recommended that you set your Facebook privacy settings specifically for this purpose, if you go this route, to protect your personal information. For more detailed information, the FarmVille forums have a detailed description on setting your Facebook privacy settings, and a dedicated location for requesting more neighbors.
Thanks to FarmVille Code Hunters for the pony images!