We (the folks in the Literary Illusions Blog Network) own and run a Gaming Blog, but every now and then I will review or talk about social games here on LI Kids. While both Dominick and I review games and we both love our Xbox, when it comes to social gaming, I am far more likely to get involved. Statistically, that’s fairly normal as it has been said that more casual gamers are female. Of course, social gaming as a whole does happen more often and for longer periods then it ever has before.
In 2011 Popcap Games did a little research and found that in just one year the number of players playing several times a day went from 36% to 44% and that on the weekends the people playing ten or more hours went from 14% to 20%. My first thought on this is that for the most part, social games, such as the ones that you find on Facebook, are free. In this economy, these games offer you a chance to unwind and have a little fun without spending any money. This would explain why the number of avid social gamers more than doubled, going from 7 to 15% in just one year.
As a social gamer that is always looking for the next good game, I was happy to take a look at Tail Towns Friends. Currently in Beta phase, Tail Towns Friends is a free to play Facebook game. You can spend Facebook Cash on extras for the game, but nothing is required and it can be played completely free of charge.
If you are a fan of farming, country, or Sim-style city building games you should enjoy Tail Towns Friends.
You are a Country Mouse, known as Country, that moves to the big city to fully enjoy a new slice of life. Unfortunately, a corrupt corporate family is ruining life for the small businesses and farms in town. It’s up to Country to fight the man and help the local businesses thrive. You supply local businesses with fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other goods in order to keep business booming and to help build that perfect country getaway!
Like many other games on Facebook you have goals to achieve that pop up on the sidebar. Once you achieve the objectives you receive acorns (they work as money), reputation, and other perks to push you forward in the game. The fun thing is that the goals introduce you to all of the drama that happens in Tail Towns. The game is filled with soap opera-like exciting storylines. So while you’re building a country getaway you get to deal with a bunch of crazy characters filled with drama, some of who are willing to lie, cheat, and steal to keep the power in the town!
The graphics in the game really are top notch for your standard Facebook game. The entire game is pretty. Sure, the graphics can’t be compared to something like Assassin’s Creed, but for a Facebook Game I really enjoyed how everything looked and felt.
Another cool feature of Tail Towns Friends is the figurines that you can purchase at local participating stores. Each figurine comes with a special code that allows you to unlock a new person in the game and once you complete their story you can gain access to specialty décor items in the game.
The figurines are as cute as the animals in the game. They include such characters as Gardener, Chef, Ballerina, Mother, Soccer Player, Teacher, Birthday Boy, Nurse, Baker, Night on the Town, Florist, and Fashion Designer. I would have to say I’m more partial to Night on the Town, Baker, Chef, and Mother, but all of them are adorable!
Tail Towns Friends Review Pro’s and Con’s
-Fun to play
-Minimal amount of bugs makes it easy to play continuously
-Graphics are cute
-The story lines, while sometimes cheesy make things fun
-Allows for creativity to build your own country home once the tutorial phase is through
-You gain extra energy by visiting friend’s farms and can harvest their crops to get extra items
-Not currently enough people playing (makes it hard to move forward)
-Need energy for practically EVERYTHING, which slows down the progress
If you are interested in playing we want to help you get started on the right track. The following contest will allow one winner to receive a Tail Towns figurine. This contest takes place on Twitter, but to count your entry you must return to the comments here, copy your Tweet and post it. You can also Facebook Like and Stumble this post for some extra entries.
Now on to the fun stuff!
When you get to Twitter you need to describe your perfect version of a country getaway. Make sure you’re creative because you only have 140 characters to describe it. Also, make sure to add the HASHTAG #TailTowns.
This giveaway will end the evening of August 7, 2012 and the winner will be contacted within 48 hours so they can claim their prize! –Make sure that you return here to leave a comment letting us know your tweet, otherwise we will be unable to moderate everyone that has attempted to enter!-
If you want to learn more about Tail Towns Friends you can do so through the Tail Towns Blog!
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