For those out there who may have interest in the forbidden fruits of botany, “Weed Farmer Overgrown” can be a legal way to slake one’s curiosity.
“Weed Farmer Overgrown,” a successful sequel to “Weed Farmer,” is much like Farmville and other time-leech farming games. What sets this game apart from others is the greatly improved social aspect of the game and the anomaly of having a discreet and legal marijuana garden in your pocket.
While the basic premise of both “Weed Farmer” releases are the same, “Weed Farmer Overgrown” offers several features that its predecessor did not.
The best of these new features are the ability to grow outdoors, Weed Bucks (which allow the grower to purchase goodies unavailable elsewhere), helpful guides to growing, the ability to make edibles and player-to-player interaction.
Interactive features include chat rooms, the ability to add players as contacts, forums, leader boards, an auction house and trading between players.
The game also displays improved graphics from its predecessor.
It even offers several mini-games that ask a series of multiple-choice trivia questions and offer bonuses if correct answers are given.
This game is still in beta mode, so several of these features are not yet available.
It offers 30 different strains of marijuana, indoor and outdoor growing styles, assorted lighting and potting options, and the ability to make bubble hash.
Like most repetitive games, it is a catastrophic waste of time. However, it does offer realistic botanical information to those who may grow or wish to grow marijuana. The game offers a real-time based growing style that requires the player to select a strand and raise it for harvest. If inadequately cared for, the player’s crop can either become burned or soggy, greatly affecting the plant’s yield. If properly tended to, the plant can yield several ounces of very valuable bud.
This very responsive game has an appropriate total size of approximately 200 megabytes. While I had to install and uninstall it several times to get the game to download properly on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it has not crashed on me since then.
*The Northern Light does not endorse the use of illegal drugs, but it does endorse playing games, even if they’re, “a catastrophic waste of time.”
Game: “Weed Farmer Overgrown”
System: Android phones
Release date: Oct. 29, 2012
Rating: 4 stars