Disclaimer: Note that this is merely a preview of the early access title, Fantasy Farming: Orange Season. We will be updating this review once the game moves into launch.
Build your own farm from the ground up and become a successful farmer
Go out into the world to forage for items like fruits, ores, and materials to sell
Forge closer ties with the many colorful characters in the game
Fantasy Farming: Orange Season is a relaxing farming game and is an amazing new addition to the growing popularity of farming games like Stardew Valley and other similar games, such as My Time at Portia. Grow various crops and earn tons of money, go out foraging and sell what you get, and build relationships with a colorful cast of characters in town by helping them with tasks, giving them gifts, and simply talking to them every day.
In this game, you play as an enterprising young man or lady who was sick and tired of the hectic and stressful city life. You’ve decided to splurge your savings on a farm in the countryside and start your life afresh. However, farm life isn’t as idle as you might think and it takes grueling hard work to make your farm a success.
Being essentially a farming simulation game, you can expect to spend most of your playtime planting, watering, and harvesting a variety of crops. The game starts you off with a handful of them, but as you progress, more crops are unlocked and you’ll then be able to buy their respective seeds at the store at a price. Some seeds even require specific conditions to grow, such as the mushrooms which require you to grow them in caves rather than the plot of farmland you have at your farm.
Considering there that crops take some time to grow and mature, you’ll likely be spending most of the remainder of your time trying to earn cash by foraging. Foraging here means picking up stuff that are dropped on the ground like sticks, fruits, flowers, etc. Once you can go into the mines and start mining for stuff, you can harvest a variety of valuable ores and stones as well.
You’ll also want to head over to the town as soon as you can. Here, you’ll be able to interact with a variety of characters, some of which have quirky personalities. You’ll need to help them with their requests from time to time and you’ll get something nice in return. You can also gift them presents and depending on what they personally like, they may or may not appreciate said gift. You can even pick up some freebies from bins and the ground from time to time.
The game world isn’t exactly massive but there are plenty of other places that you’ll eventually unlock and be able to explore as you play.
Besides the story-driven quest lines, progression in this game can also be measured in terms of your accumulated wealth and the state of your house. The game provides you with the option to upgrade your home, though I’ve got to say – upgrades do take quite a lot of resources. More than what I’d think is reasonable. This is the same for the game’s crafting aspect. Note that you can also purchase more land to expand your farm as you play.
As the game is currently in early access, several features in the game aren’t working right now. For instance, players can’t cook anything. Plus, since parts of the forest have been blocked off, it’s impossible to get the axe right now which in turn, makes gathering enough branches incredibly hard.
There are a few issues as well, such as the fact that it took me ages to find Rory, the final person I needed to talk to in order to complete the first quest I was given. It might be better if I could see characters’ names when my cursor is hovered over them on. There are some issues with the map too. For instance, I see the town map when I’m at my farm, which is weird.
Fantasy Farming: Orange Season has a gameplay that’s somewhat similar to another indie farm game, My Time at Portia, albeit with cute pixel graphics similar to Stardew Valley. And if you love that game, you’ll definitely love this one. The grind here is real though, so if you find grinding for materials on MMOs to be fun and relaxing, you might be able to enjoy playing this game.