Meteor Games has launched their newest game on Facebook entitled Ranch Town. For those who are familiar with Country Story and other farming games, you’ll be able to jump in here just fine, which is good, as the game (as of this writing) contains no tutorial. You’re simply thrown into your farm, sans avatar (this is only temporary), and are allowed to “play overlord” on your ranch full of starter alfalfa plants, a tree and a cow.
The comparison to Country Story comes from the first second you play the game, as both share the same vertical presentation, the same feed troughs in front of stationary animals, and the same system of barriers separating your plot of land from the wilderness (although here it’s a series of rocks, whereas in Country Story, it’s trees).
As you harvest crops, they go into storage, rather than being immediately sold. You’ll use plants like the Alfalfa to feed your starter cow, which requires three alfalfa to reach a “full” status. Cows produce milk when fed, with it taking but a matter of seconds for your cow to produce its first amount. If you don’t click on the cow after the first jug has been produced, it will continue to make a second and third jug of milk, all the while eating the alfalfa in its trough, which can be replenished for just a few more clicks.
You can check on your stored items at any time by clicking on the “Storage” icon from the row of buttons that rest at the bottom of the screen. From here, you can sell items individually, or click on the “Sell all” button to sell off everything at once.
What makes the game different is its inclusion of machines, like a Butter Maker, which turns your collected milk into butter. Further machines like the Juice Machine, Windmill and so on, are unlocked as you level up, but still must be purchased and added to your ranch before they can be used.
Speaking with IGN, Meteor Games’ president Donna Powell confirmed that as the game grows, more features will be added, like decorative items to give your ranch that western flair, and entirely new gameplay elements like mining for ores, panning for gold, fishing, and more, all in an effort to make the game stand out from similar farming games.
For now, the game is incredibly minimalistic, with only the most basic of features being available right now. However, if the future plans for this game sound interesting to you, it would be smart to jump into the game now, in an effort to level up in anticipation of the launch of the new features. Head over to the game’s page on Facebook if you’d like to try it out.