Farming Simulator 14 offers a 3D world but is ultimately all about farm finance

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Somewhat unbelievably, 'farming simulators' are something of a 'thing' in the tech world - surely the real thing isn't so attractive as to want to simulate it on a mobile phone screen? Or am I missing something? Maybe it's the lure of getting to drive the combine harvester? Regardless, Farming Simulator 14 is new in the Windows Phone Store and shown off below...

From the Store description:

Start your agricultural career in Farming Simulator 14 on mobile and tablet! Take control of your farm and its fields to fulfil your harvesting dreams.

As well as a refined look and feel, Farming Simulator 14 gives you double the number of farm machines to control, all authentically modelled on equipment from real agricultural manufacturers, including Case IH, Deutz-Fahr, Lamborghini, Kuhn, Amazone and Krone.


- New highly detailed 3D graphics and a slick user interface take your gameplay experience to the next level
- Plant wheat, canola or corn and sell it in a dynamic market
- Mow grass, tedder and windrow it to create hay bales to feed to your cows, then sell their milk to the highest bidder
- Make money by selling grass or chaff at the biogas plant
- Hire computer-controlled assistants to help you with your work

Ahem. My "harvesting dreams'? I seriously doubt that many people dream about farming - especially not managing the minutae of planting, harvesting and then selling in what is, at the end of the day, a numbers game.

Having said that, the visuals and 3D world are very well done, as you can see in our screenshots:

Screenshot, Farming Simulator 14

Plenty of money spent on visuals here - the vehciles are all authentic too, though tiny and somewhat pixellated by necessity in the game itself...

Screenshot, Farming Simulator 14

Ah yes, the crux of the game is evident up-front - it's all about numbers, buying, selling and expanding - your typical 'Sim' title.

Screenshot, Farming Simulator 14

You do get to drive the vehicles though, with full control of attached tools, throttle and steering. And.... you get to blow the horn. Woohoo!

Screenshot, Farming Simulator 14

...And then it all comes down to the (probably) boring bit - selling crops and, ultimately, buying new vehicles and expanding the farm. 

Screenshot, Farming Simulator 14

The in-game currency can be earned, as mentioned above or you can short-circuit the hard agricultural slog by using in-app-purchases...

Screenshot, Farming Simulator 14

You can still have fun exploring the farm world and driving the vehicles, however much you choose to interact with (or try to avoid) the money side of things....

You can grab a trial version of Farming Simulator 14 here in the Store to see what you think. It seems that there's a £2 paid version that lets you play most of the game and the IAPs then let you buy the more exotic vehicles, should you be a real farming 'nut'. Does that sound like you?

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store