My Asian Farm (DSiWare)

Game Review

My Asian Farm Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Zach Kaplan

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Farming comes in many forms. Sometimes it's exotic. Sometimes it's Australian. And sometimes it's just regular, old-fashioned farming. But nothing you've seen in this DSiWare series, consisting of split-up portions of 2009's retail release My Farm Around the World, could have prepared you for this: My Asian Farm, featuring farming that's far more Asian than you ever could have imagined.

Well, that's not entirely true. Each iteration of the My Farm series is basically a palette swap of the others, though there are slight variations in animal temperament and what you can get out of them. The menagerie here includes egg-laying hens, feather-growing peacocks and milk-producing water buffalo, as well as monkeys, tigers and elephants that, for some reason too horrifying to fathom, you're to fatten up and sell at market. Not that water buffalo milk sounds very appetising either.

The goal is simple – feed the animals, give them medicine when they're sick, wash them when they're dirty, buy or acquire special items from time to time, keep the poop swept up and manage it all well enough to afford it. It's simple, relaxing and somewhat addictive, though in the end the lack of complexity lets the experience down.

As with previous titles, this includes the bonus ability to trade animals with other My Farmers, even those with a different iteration of the series. It's a side-effect of splitting up the original retail release, but it makes for a nice extra.

As this is simply another matching slice of the My Farm pie, it features the same flaws as in past titles – Ling the Farm Girl, who gives you tips, lends them a bit too frequently and there's no option to turn the hints off, for example, while some may also have a hard time telling if their animals are fully clean. The sound they make is pleasant but can easily become a cacophony when many are together, and the occasional implementation of music is always nice. This graphics set is easily the best of the four, featuring an interesting art style and a beautiful mix of colour, albeit with some animals that don't look quite so impressive in the foreground.


As with the rest of the series, My Asian Farm is relaxing and simple, requiring enough skill to keep a player entertained for some time, but not nearly complex enough to do so with much depth or lasting replay value.

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User Comments (13)



daznsaz said:

i got the australian one its way to basic dont even play on it.if theyd added a few more things it wouldnt be so bad but it would be rubbish even as a mobile phone game



NESguy94 said:

The name is a fail. I laughed so I hard when I was browsing the eShop and saw this.



Mowzle2 said:

Well maybe these games appeal to smaller kids. There's got to be something on DSiWare for the little ones
maybe even for older "kids" who are out for a bit of mindless play, though its a bit of a bummer to have to fatten up elephants, tigers and monkeys to sell off. Surely the developers could have rigged it so those critters went of to zoos or maybe the elephants to shift logs.
no imagination, some folks, and I mean the developers



Mowzle2 said:

Apologies Zach - I forgot to say thanks for the review. I rather like the restful green appearance of this iteration and might try it for a bit of light diversion at £1.80 in the eShop.
I've never tried water buffalo milk, but don't forget that mozzarella cheese is from the water buffalo - all the way to Italy from my Asian farm?



JimmyWhale said:

So apparently farms in Asia have water buffalo, monkeys and purple tigers?

Harvest Moon has REALLY been holding back on us :/



SwerdMurd said:

would my American farm or my German farm sound worse? I dunno...it's odd...but I wouldn't say racist...



hjstjk said:

Trust me I have this game. Once you get into it it gets really addicting. I played it like 2 hours straight.



DemonnPrincess said:

First of all(I'm half asian btw), this is neither racist NOR is it offensive. At least in my opinion XD It's called Asain Farm because most the animals that are there are indigenous to Asia. So what if the tigers can be purple. It's supposed to be "fun" and it's actually kinda cute. I have a pink elephant. XD Elephants aren't pink, but so what? People don't fly and shoot powers from their hands but there's plenty of "acceptable" games that do that. :T

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