Instead of simply loading the flash portion of the game, you’ll be met with a page similar to the following, showing your pending gift requests, and allowing you to claim them right from that page – no backwards navigation to the Facebook home page necessary. Note that the picture below may look odd as I have removed profile pictures and names to protect my friends’ anonymity. Your list will look more complete.
If you choose to skip this step and jump straight into the game, you’ll still be able to access your gift from “within the game” by clicking on the new envelope icon at the top right corner of the gameplay area. It will have a small number attached to it, which changes depending on how many pending requests you have on your account.
Clicking on it brings up the previous image, listing the requests and allowing you to accept the gifts right then and there. Once you accept a gift, the line will change, as you can see below. If you choose to click the “Send a thank you gift” link, you’ll be taken to a modified version of the FarmVille free gifts page, where each item has a button underneath it to send it to the friend in question.
Interestingly, even after accepting gifts in such a way, you’ll still have to manually refresh the page to see them appear in your gift box. Whether or not Zynga plans to fix this, to provide automatic refreshing, remains to be seen.
Head over to the game’s page to see this new gift requests system in action, and let us know in the comments – do you appreciate the change, or would you rather accept your gifts in some other way?