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Guess who’s still playing Farmville?

By on May 30, 2011 in Games | 0 comments

Filipinos! This is based from the data I have collected through Google Trends. The data shows a percentage or normalized number of how many people have searched “Farmville” in Google and are ranked according to countries. This does not include those who have played Farmville directly to their Facebook account, and did not need to search Farmville in Google. So having said that, the top 10 countries who have still interest in searching Farmville in Google are: Philippines Portugal Turkey Romania India Mexico Italy United States Ireland...

Ragnarok Online Emoticons and Farm Town

By on Jul 18, 2009 in Facebook, Games | 4 comments

Did you know I used to play Ragnarok Online? It is an multiplayer online role-playing game from South Korea. Yeah, I’ve been addicted to it in 2005 that even in my dreams I was playing Ragnarok. One time, I answered a phone call while I was half asleep. The phone was ringing just right above my head, so I grabbed it, and said hello as usual. However, I mumbled about ragnarok items after. Only when my caller asked me “What are you talking about Reah? What’s a muffler?” that I got back to my senses. Anyway, while waiting in Farm Town’s marketplace last week, I remembered the emoticons in Ragnarok Online. Especially the crying emoticon. It would be fun if farmers in Farm Town could show a crying emoticon if they are pleading for a job, or a thanks emoticon when they get hired. For me, emoticons was one of the best things in Ragnarok aside from the real game. So that players could  socialize better with other players. Here’s some videos I found in YouTube showing Ragnarok players communicating with emoticons, or at least reacting with emoticons. Adding this kind of animation in Farm Town though may add to the bandwidth being used in the game, but I still hope Farm Town developers are considering such feature in the future. And oh, letting the farmer/avatar  sit too would be cool. For the meantime, I will use the Ragnarok Emoticons app to bug my friends in...

Cost of Upgrading Your Land In Farm Town

By on Jul 16, 2009 in Facebook, Games | 6 comments

The initial land’s size in Farm Town is 12 x 12. This is enough land when you are starting the game, but as you reach higher levels where more experience points are needed to level up, 12 x 12 land size may not help you anymore. Instead, you may want to upgrade your land so you have more space to plow fields, plant crops, and put new decorations on your farm. But you can only start upgrading your land when you have reached level 15.  So it is best to know while you are at a lower level than 15 how much it costs to upgrade your land, so you can save coins for it. Here’s the sizes and costs. Level 15 – 14 x 14 size – 20,000 coins Level 17 – 16 x 16 size – 25,000 coins Level 19 –  18 x 18 size – 30,000 coins Level 21 – 20 x 20 size – 35,000 coins Level 23 – 22 x 22 size – 40,000 coins Level 25 – 24 x 24 size – 80,000 coins The 24 x 24 is the most expensive one. You can decide to buy it at a later time if you still don’t have enough coins. Since you cannot skip any land size, you have to buy it all. Example, you cannot upgrade to 22 x 22 if you still haven’t bought 18 x 18. The total cost of all the upgrade is 230,000 coins. For me, the cost doesn’t matter. It is worth it, since you can plant more crops if you have a bigger land. Hence, earn more coins. That was my goal when I started playing the game–to upgrade my land as soon as possible, and save a lot of coins after I’ve got the biggest land size. By the way, do you know where and how you can upgrade your land? Well, you can upgrade it by going to the Realtor’s Office. Just click the map icon on your Farm Town screen. A window will pop up, and there are icons that represents the several places you can go to. Choose the Realtor’s Office. Once you are in the office, another window pops up which shows the land you can purchase and how much it is. Just click the buy button on the land size you want to buy, and changes will be made in your farm a few seconds after...

Typing Games on Facebook

By on Jul 12, 2009 in Facebook, Games | 6 comments

You might have tried playing Typing Maniac in Facebook but your computer might not be able to support the Flash game, or it will not load. I have exeprienced that same problem with my old desktop computer. I have upgraded my flash but my screen still sometimes freezes because of the low specs of my desktop. I got frustrated with it so I ended up playing the game again with the laptop. I want to use the keyboard on my desktop though in typing games, so I tried to find other typing games in Facebook that I could play with my old desktop. And I found some. Typing Monster – This App has an old-school design, incomparable to Typing Maniac. The good thing about it though is you are going to type a paragraph, which combines uppercase letters and punctiation marks, while numbers are in a bomb. You should type the numbers as soon as they appear. Of course if the bomb explodes you will lose one life. You have 5 lives to spare, and if all are used up, the game is over. Typing Race – As name implies it is a race on typing, LIVE. On your first time playing, you will choose a car, and your country. Then choose whom would you like to race with: with your friends or with random people in Facebook playing the game at that time. This is a good game to see for yourself how fast you can type against other people in 30 seconds. You will see your typing speed at the end of the game. Typing Speed – This is just a simple and short game. In 30 seconds of typing  you can find out what is your typing speed and accuracy rate. Typing Maniac does not compute your typing speed, so play this game if you want to find out. The Typing of the Ghosts – Ghosts appear together with the words you have to type. The ghosts get bigger and bigger, so you type the words, or numbers as fast as you can. If not, the ghost will snatch your life. You have 5 lives to spare in this game too. pa-Ching Typing Game – See how fast you can type by typing three sentences or 10 sentences. That’s it. I would say that the goal of the developer of this app is just to gain money in Adsense. Having able to play these five typing games, I realized that Typing Maniac is the best among all of the typing games in...

Facebook Typing Maniac

By on Jul 11, 2009 in Facebook, Games | 33 comments

Yeah, I have a lot of free time lately that I can even play a lot of Facebook Apps and computer games. Aside from Farm Town and Mahjong Titans, I am also into Typing Maniac in Facebook. To type fast and accurate is one of the skills I have been trying to perfect eversince I got my own computer. I used to practice with Typing games that I downloaded for free online. So when I saw one of my Facebook friends news feed saying she was playing Typing Maniac, I was excited to try the game. Typing Maniac has a cool game interface, and just like othe typing games, the ability to type fast and accurate will help you advance in the game, and get high scores of course. The speed goes faster, and words get longer when level increases, but you can get through this challenge with the help of the bonus tiles: Fire, Ice, Slow, and Wind. You can get the bonus tiles by typing the words in the colored tiles which are red, blue, yellow, and purple. Then the bonus tiles pile up on the right column after you got the words correctly on the colored tiles. Since you can only keep up to 6 bonus tiles while playing, it is best that you strategize when to use your bonus tiles, and what tiles to keep. To use a bonus tile, you have to type the word. Type fire if you want to burn all the tiles. Type ice to freeze the tiles Type slow, so that the speed slows down Type wind, if you want to make your error percentage back to 0%, so you could play the game longer Since the game will be over once you have a lot of misses or 100% error percentage. it is best you have stock up in bonus tiles when you reach the higher levels. Aside from bonus tiles, you might also have noticed the dark tiles. You have to get the word right on this tile on your first try or else, the speed will increase. Strategy on Playing Typing Maniac My strategy in playing depends on what special tiles I get while I level up, but I make sure I have Slow and Wind tiles so I can advance. I also to perfect the scores on the first levels, up to level 10. If I don’t have any error in typing, the bonus points I get on these levels help me make my score high. If I miss to perfect a level I make sure I at least have perfected one of the higher levels. The bonus points are bigger at this point. When I want to do this, I should plan well what bonus tiles to keep and use. So far, my highest score is 380,344 at Level 19 679,666 at level 26 830,700 at Level 29. The top 1 one on my friend’s list got 921, 680 in Level 27. I am not sure what he did to reach that score. He’s just a random friend though so I could not really ask if he is cheating or not. Could you cheat in this game? Maybe he is really just fast typer, and good at using his power-up...

The New Crops in Farm Town, and Hiring Someone to Plow

By on Jul 10, 2009 in Facebook, Games | 13 comments

With six new crops laid out today in Farm Town, the Facebook App has become even more exciting. For sure, you already have seen these  crops when you clicked on the store earlier this day. These are cotton, pineapple, blueberry, pepper, carrot, and raspberry. Cotton is a 4-day crop, but cheaper than pumpkin. Pineapple and blueberry are 3-day crops, while pepper and carrot can be harvested in 2 days. The best among these new crops though is the raspberry, which can be harvested in 2 hours, lesser hours than if you have harvested grapes. As long as you have time to tend it, raspberry had replaced grapes as the top crop to plant if you want to gain experience points faster in Farm Town. It could have been better if one of the new crops is an 8-hour or 10-hour crop. Hire to Plow The six new crops isn’t just the big news today in Farm Town. You might even consider this as the greatest enhancement of the game on this latest update. You can now hire farmers to plow for you! That is really awesome if you are keeping a big farm, since plowing at that stage tends to become a boring task. When you hire other farmers, you spend less than what you could have spent if you have plowed the fields by yourself. Instead of 20 coins, you will spend either 10 coins or 15 coins. This depends if you are neighbors or not. The farmer plowing your field will get coins too: 5 coins if you are both strangers, and (someone told me that you get) 10 coins if he is a neighbor you hired to plow. Okay now, you want someone to plow at your farm, but what about experience point? Will you lose it? A resounding no! You will still get 1 xp, and the farmer you hired to plow will also get one experience point per field plowed. So it’s a good deal for both of you. You might also consider getting hired to plow so you could gain experience points faster. Hiring someone to plow at your farm is just like hiring someone to harvest. You just click on the player’s avatar, and click Hire to plow at your farm. Once he is in your farm he can only plow on fields that are previously harvested or on fields with crops that have gone to waste. He cannot plow on the green fields. P.S. When you hire someone to plow, it is best you wait until he is done plowing before you plant your crops. It’s hard to get over the ‘saving’ feature. You could try, but it would just frustrate...