FarmVille Updates: Organic Blueberries, Game Bar Now Offers Free Fuel

Tue, Jul 20, 2010

FarmVille, Social

FarmVille has updated with a couple of interesting developments, the first of which comes in the form of a limited edition crop. Meanwhile, you’ll probably want to use fuel to plant this crop, so make sure you download the FarmVille Game Bar to receive some free fuel.

Organic Blueberries Available to Grow for a Limited Time

The game’s first organic crop has been released in the Seeds menu, and it comes via Zynga’s newest cross-promotion with Cascadian Farms. The seed is the Organic Blueberry, and it will be available to grow in the game until July 26 at Midnight (meaning Midnight leading into July 27).

Before you scoff at this new crop, know that while it is available, it will be the single most profitable crop in the game. You can plant the blueberries for 20 coins and harvest them four hours later for 80 coins. You’ll gain 2 experience points for each square of the blueberries you purchased.

What’s more is that the Blueberries can be mastered, with the first level of mastery being available after just 200 harvests.

Please note that the blueberries and the cross-promotion as a whole are only available for players in the United States.

Download the FarmVille Toolbar (Game Bar) to Receive Free Fuel

If you still haven’t downloaded the FarmVille Toolbar (Game Bar), Zynga is hoping that the toolbar’s latest update will be enough to change your mind and finally persuade you to download it.

The update adds an opportunity for free fuel in the game, that is redeemable once every eight hours. The toolbar will show the word “Bonus,” surrounded by two fuel cans when your bonus is ready (see the screenshot above), and by clicking on the button, you are taken to where a large banner reading “Claim Your Game Bar Fuel Bonus” will appear above the flash gameplay area, as seen below.

Once you click on this button, you’ll see that this bonus is a bit more complicated than it might outwardly apear. Depending on how many FarmVille neighbors you have that have installed the Game Bar, your chance at receiving a Large (or full) Can of Fuel vary. The more neighbors you have that have installed the toolbar, the higher your chance. That is, for 7 neighbors, as an example, you would have a 50% chance of receiving a Large Can of Fuel, but for 10 neighbors, that chance increases to 75%.

If you’re not lucky enough to receive the Large Can, you’ll receive a 1/5 Fuel Refill (all rewards will go to your gift box). While this may not sound worth it, remember that the bonus can be claimed once every 8 hours, so the chance to stock up on fuel is a good one, in the long run.

Make sure to download the FarmVille Game Bar to receive your free fuel, and head over to the game’s page to grow these new blueberries while they are still available.

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  • Drsue3

    I had enough neighbors sign up for the Farmville game bar to have a 75% chance to receive a large can of fuel. All of those neighbors have disappeared and it’s showing that I have zero nieghbors with the game bar. What’s going on?

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  • One

    They say the toolbar will work the way it use to as well as give you fuel. It only gives fuel bonus.

  • Laura

    I also have a problem with these 2 new additions to Farmville. Mine is with the organic blueberries. One minute they were at the market available to purchase, the next they weren't. There's still quite a few days left before they are suppose to expire. I don't know why this has happened. I wanted to buy them. :(

  • AKaBooM34

    I have had the same issue. I sent neighbor requests, then had 7 neighbors, then they disappeared. I resent neighbor requests letting neighbors know they disappeared & apologized – then I had 9 neighbors, then they disappeared. This has happened since the day the bar was intro'd. I'm playing with Mozilla Firefox. Anybody know what the issue is?

  • Beverleysh

    I have the same problem. I had a number of neighbors that initially showed up to give me 75% chance of a full tank of Fuel. But they've all disappeared today and it shows I have no neighbors. But I know these neighbors have the game bar. What's happening???. Not worth the space the bar takes up if it's not working the way it should.