The game can be most easily compared to Playdom’s Tiki Farm, in both its appearance and its gameplay, except, rather than building a tropical farm on a deserted island, you’ll be farming in the middle of your own Safari in Africa.
You’ll be able to plow land to plant all manner of crops, each of which requires a different amount of gold to plant, and grows for a different amount of times. Animals are also available to raise and care for, like zebras, rhinos, toucans, and even fish, via your Safari’s small pond area.
Gameplay itself is incredibly straightforward. You’ll plant a crop, wait for it to grow, and can then harvest the crop to sell it for a profit. You’ll then have to re-plow your land in order to grow the next crop or flower in it. As you earn experience points and level up in the game, you’ll be able to plant more crops and flowers, along with being able to purchase new kinds of animals.
A mission system is available in the game, for those who always want to have a goal in mind. The missions start fairly simply, with tasks like plowing a certain number of squares or planting a certain kind of crop, but we expect that they tasks will become more challenging as you go along.
The social aspects here include being able to visit your friends’ safaris, and even the ability to steal items (fruit from trees, crops, animal harvests, and so on) just like you can in Playfish’s Country Story, as an example. These items can be sold for a profit, just as though you had legitimately earned it yourself.
Other social elements include the ability to send items to your friends, and post many news items to your wall for your friends to collect, like lost animals for instance.
If you’d like to join in on the fun of Grand Safari, make sure to head over to the game’s page to get started. Also, check out our Frisky Hands-On video of the game below, to see exactly what to expect should you decide to give African farming a chance.