FarmVille is already at your local convenience store. It’s in your mother’s head. It cost your brother $900. It’s on your work computer. Now, it’s in your pocket: FarmVille has officially released for iTunes, allowing millions to access their farm from their iPhone or iPod Touch. Between their morning routine and work, workers can now toil on the subway, too!
As reported at Kotaku, the released version is still in quite a buggy state: it crashed multiple times before reviewer Mike Faley could get the game to actually load his farm:
Once it did load my Facebook farm, navigation was slow, the touch screen unresponsive, and the overall experience was a lot more frustrating than simply loading the game up on a normal computer and clicking for a few hours.
It’s noteworthy to know that he has the iPhone 3G, and it is not yet known whether the game performs better (by, you know, actually performing) on the 3GS or 4G.There’s no word yet on if it actually functions differently between the generations, but we can only hope it does well on the most up-to-date models. Zynga aren’t known for being a sloppy producer, so I’d be pretty surprised if they released a buggy application to the world knowingly.
What do you think, Ranters? Does FarmVille on your portable allow you to ‘horse around’ more? Is this a step too far in terms of addiction? Have casual gamers really been sucked into World of Warcraft level addictions – or, perhaps – are they more addicted? Am I asking way too many questions right now? Stay tuned to find out how FarmVille fairs on the touch, only time will tell.
For now, though, here’s a link to the application. Go hog-wild.