Farm Away! - Beginner's guide to idle farm your way to riches

A beginner's guide to make the most of your time in the addicting mobile game, Farm Away!

An addicting mobile newcomer has hit Android and iOS -- Farm Away! It's captured the attention of users everywhere, and has raked in an impressive tens of thousands of downloads in just a few weeks.

Fans of the infamous Farmville and other idle social games will definitely fall for this game, since it basically follows the general structure of all the idle games before it.

Just like all those that preceded Farm Away!, the object of the game is to make money. Your time and resources are your most valuable assets. Follow these Farm Away tips to ensure you're making the most amount of gold in the least amount of time.

Tip #1: Always upgrade your newest crops and carrots

It seems like a good idea to save money while you're adding new crops and building your farm -- you need money to keep expanding, after all. But continuing to invest in your crops is consistently the fastest way to make the most money.

If you sit on low-end crops, your income will slowly drag on and on. You can spend your gold on upgrading your crops by clicking on the shovel icon at the bottom, then clicking on the crop you want to upgrade.

Start with the newest crop! They rack in the most amount of money and take the longest to grow, so make the waiting worth it by upgrading as much as you can. It also makes the crops grow faster, so all in all this produces quicker income.

Don't skip over the carrots

After you take care of the top tier crop, use the rest in the carrots! 

Once you upgrade them where they are automatically gathering themselves and they cost no time to create, they will generate way more income than the cows and a little more than the pigs. 

Spend ALL of your gold on upgrades ALL the time

Leave no gold unspent! In this game the best way to make money is to spend it, so make sure you are constantly upgrading crops until you have no money to do so anymore. 

Don't stop! 

Tip #2: Always watch the ads

Every now and then you'll see a popup in the middle of the screen letting you know that you can trade watching an ad for some sort of bonus. 

Always say yes. Every. Single. Time.

As tempting as it is to close out of whatever is in your way as fast as you can to keep your crops rolling out dough, you must resist! These ads are usually only ~30 seconds long, and you can always set your phone down to do something else while it's playing. 

Once it's over, the benefits will absolutely outweigh the minute it took to play out the ad. 

Tip #3: Use the shop... wisely

By clicking on the rake icon in the top right hand corner, you can access the shop and upgrade your land as a whole instead of just your crop production. 

Do this often because just like the tip before this one, the perks generally outweigh the gold cost to unlock them.

Automate your Crops

For example, one of the best upgrades you can purchase is the automated crop harvesting, because that allows the game to keep running while you're doing other things like sleeping or driving. This maximizes your time spent more than any other upgrade, because you're literally earning money for doing nothing at all.

Be Careful Spending Gems

The diamonds are much harder to gain than in-game gold, so wait to purchase upgrades with these until you can unlock Insta-Seed or Plant Food.

These upgrades are the most important, because they're permanent and the most worthwhile. Spending them on time skips is worthless.

Spend your Seeds Though! 

You can't really go wrong with these upgrades, since there are no bad choices so spend away!

Tip #4: Use your social media

Not as if you expected anything less, but you can connect the game to your Facebook account and your friends can give you buffs and power-ups to maximize your income. 

*Disclaimer: Be wary and discerning with this, as no one likes an unwanted social media game inviter. Using this method to send endless notifications to unsuspecting friends is frowned upon and may cause a greater rift in friendships than Mario Party.

Start growing your crops today!

Now that you're fully equipped to grab your new farm by the blueberries, you can download the game on any iOS in the Apple Store or Android device in the Play Store

Keep these tips in mind while you play and you'll be the richest farmer in all of the virtual world. 

Published Feb. 10th 2016
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