Petal Farm (originally Petally) was a game developed by Superpea LTD between 2012-2016.
That's right, it took 4 whole years to perfect which is a lot of work for a phone game!
So why does it rock??
Petal Farm is a free to play flower farming game from a 3rd person perspective bringing unprecedented immersive quality to the traditionally top-down 2d farming genre. While fun to jump in and out of, Petal Farm has hundreds of hours of content to unlock and there is no limit to how much you can expand your farm.
The game is full of suspense as true luck determines when your next Rare Flower spawns which, along with your ability to find it, is crucial to the research and farming of better quality seeds.
You are continually challenged by your ultimate nemesis; yourself, as you try to beat your own Profit Record score, making you better and better at running your farm at maximum efficiency.
Strategy and careful planning will make or break a new farmer as a finite supply of tools (sprinklers, scarecrows, speed buffs and daisy cannons) are all you have to grow and protect your fields from the relentless attacks that Birds, Locust swarms, Droughts and even Tornado storms throw at you.
The game is fully online which allows you to log in from your phone to make sure your Bees are collecting honey in the morning then beat your friend's Profit Record from your tablet when you get home.
Full 3rd person control is not a simple thing to deliver to a touch-screen so pay attention to the opening segment while you get used to moving the character.
Touching the terrain will move the girl there and you can hold touch to continually update the girl's direction.
Touching close to the girl's feet will cause her to walk slowly and touching close to the bottom left or right corners is the best way to turn sharply.
There are 9 Objectives which set out to teach you how to run your farm, and each must be completed in order. If you ever forget what your current Objective is just press the menu button in the bottom left corner for a reminder.
1) Learn The Ropes
The first objective requires you to collect wild flowers from the nearby fields and assemble them into Bouquets at the Workshop. Selling Bouquets at your Shop is the primary mechanism for making money in Petal Farm.
2) Frantic Farmer
Why sell 5 bouquets when you can sell 500? This objective teaches you the basics of planting seeds and filling the fields with your choice of flowers. Don't forget to keep selling bouquets to earn money for more seeds!
3) Watery Wonder
Flowers need water to grow, and collecting water from the river all of the time is hard work, in this Objective you'll save up for your first tool.. The Sprinkler.
4) Crazy Scientist
So you've planted a few Candytufts and Tulips and are starting to make decent money, but you want MORE! In this Objective you'll need to keep an eye out for your first Rare flower, Forget m'Nots, which occasionally spawn in the fields. Once you've inserted 10 of them into the Seed Researcher you'll unlock the ability to plant the much more valuable Forget m'Not Seeds.
5) Feline Pursuit
Your farm is growing and you're starting to find it difficult to collect so many flowers with just one pair of hands. Clever Cats to the rescue! In this Objective you'll recruit your first Cat and send him on a flower picking mission where he will need to collect 1000 flowers. Don't forget to empty the Cat Pile as when Night Time comes any flowers left in there will Wilt.
6) Crafty Capitalist
Here you'll need to max-out your terrain, filling each Zone with 50 seeds. While you can plant whatever you want wherever you want it pays to be patient and invest in the most valuable seeds as they will give you a much higher return at the Flower Shop. If you can bunch your flower types together in adjacent Zones you'll get a Group-Bonus which will cause even more Extra Flowers to grow!
7) Land Magnate
You've packed every square inch of your terrain with flowers, leaving only one way to expand.. Buying more land! Here you'll save up the $2000 required to buy the Cockerel's Closure from Ms. Wiggins, opening up 8 new Zones for planting. Now that the terrain is yours you can get to those Purple Irises that have been staring at you from the other side of the fence. Bonus!
8) Greener Finger
Flowers can grow with a bit of sunlight and water, but they can grow BETTER with Fertilizer! In this Objective you'll need to discard your less valuable flowers at the Compost and buy a few Worms which will get to work for you turning your unwanted flowers into Fertilizer for your terrain. The more Worms you buy the easier this becomes.
9) Making The Most
You can get more money from your flowers if you bunch them into Prettier Bouquets. Here you learn about Bouquet Designing and which flowers pair better with each other and after which you'll want to reflect that knowledge in what you decide to grow. You'll also learn about Fixing Prices at the Shop to squeeze every last penny out of your customers before your bouquets Wilt.
The Stuff Box is where you buy Decorations and Tools. Decorations don't just make your Shop look pretty in Petal Farm, they help you to sell more flowers to customers too! Decorations give you some Attraction which helps Bouquets to sell more quickly in your Shop. This offsets the effect of Raising Prices (Unlocked at Objective 9) which makes Bouquets sell more slowly so when you buy some new Decorations don't forget to have a go at pushing Prices a little higher in your Shop to find that sweet spot where you can sell everything you're able to grow for the maximum possible profit before the flowers Wilt.
The Sprinkler takes water from the River and distributes it to your Zones. Every point of water that is added to your Zones is subtracted from the River affecting the water level. Once all the water in the River is depleted you'll trigger a Drought and won't be able to water your Zones until it next rains and the river fills back up.
The Scarecrow protects your Zones from Bird attacks. Whenever Birds attack they permanently destroy any Seeds you have in the Zone. If you don't have enough Scarecrow coverage for all of your Zones you'll need to scare off the Birds yourself which is hard work if you own a lot of land far away from your Challet. It's worth spending some time thinking about how to plan your Scarecrow coverage.
The Container acts as extra capacity for your River. In times of Drought, before your Sprinklers run dry they will tap into any nearby containers associated with the Zones which they are trying to water. This makes Containers an excellent guarantor of your ability to beat your daily Profit Record even in the face of unpredictable Droughts owing to long periods without rain. Obviously the more land you own and the more Sprinklers you use the more Droughts become a problem.
Some people find it a bit of work to run all the way to that lovely spot beside the River at the end of the Cockrell's Closure just to plant another bunch of Candytufts. With the Map, you can dig-up and plant any seeds you own in just a couple of clicks. It will also show you where all of your Tools are and which Zones are covered by which Tools using the buttons at the top. This can be extremely handy for strategic high-level planning of how to improve your Farm. It's amazing just how much better a well planned Farm does in terms of bringing in the cash so you'll want to spend some time looking at this and considering improvements.
Once you get the Expedition Box you'll be able to donate a little cash to that greedy capitalist who runs the Expedition Company. It's not all lost however as you'll rise up the ranks of the Expedition Company and get invited on Flower Expeditions more often. The effect starts at 2:00 hours for new recruits and gets as low as 20 minutes for Royals. Donating also gets you invited on an expedition right here right now so this is one of the best ways to research more valuable Flowers.
You can put the Golden Slippers anywhere on the terrain, and when you pass them they will give you a run-speed buff. The effect is huge so you'll need to be a bit of a ninja to keep the character under control. The buff lasts 5 seconds before it wears off and the slippers need 10 seconds to recharge. This means that with a strategically placed network of Golden Slippers around your map you can effectively keep the buff going while you careen across the map to scare off Birds or look for Rare flowers. The more terrain you can cover at Night Time the more likely you'll find a Rare so a well designed network of Golden Slippers is one of the fastest ways to unlock more valuable Flowers.
Daisy Chain Gun
The last thing you want when you're scrambling to beat your best ever Profit Record is a swarm of Locusts munching on all of your Flowers. The Daisy Chain Gun will both protect any Zones within its radius from their little mouths and help contribute to the Locusts Removed figure that is necessary to end the swarm.
The Bee Hive is a great source of extra cash for players that want to progress a little further when they are offline. Each Bee that you buy will fly from the Hive out into your fields to look for the current Best Flower that you have the ability to plant. Upon returning to the Hive they will deliver 1 Point of Honey, so the more Bees you buy, the more Honey you can make. This process continues even when you are offline and for a maximum of 8 and a half Hours so make sure you collect any Honey before you go to sleep! Obviously Honey made from Dracula Orchids is worth a lot more to the refined connoisseurs of this world than that made from the comparatively forgettable Forget-Me-Not's so every time you research a new Best Flower you'll get an instant boost to your Honey Money.
The Sundial allows you to pause time. It takes 20 minutes to recharge, reducing to 12 minutes when it is fully upgraded. The more you invest in upgrading it the more secrets it will unlock for you, eventually gaining the power to communicate with the very spirits that summon the Rain.
The Mailbox is your contact point with the outside world. Characters like Uncle Frank, Fancy Nancy and Lover Boy frequently get in touch with orders for certain types of bouquets. You never know what they are going to ask for so make sure you have at least some of every type of seed planted so that when an order comes you can satisfy them as they are worth a lot of money. You've only got 2 minutes to complete Mail Orders so you'll need to be quick and remember where you planted those seeds. Once you have the required Flowers you'll need to head into the WorkShop to make the Bouquets and load up the Van.
If you find a high quality Rare Flower, the Crazy Scientist will drop you a mail and offer some money for it. You can haggle with him to double his offer but each time you do, there's a risk that he will get fed up and offer you even less. He is crazy after all. It's up to you whether to give in to the scientist's temptation for a quick buck, or whether to save your Rare Flower for the seed researcher so you can ultimately learn how to plant the seeds.
You can write letters to your friends in the Mail Box and even use it to exchange presents which contain a surprise reward. Once per day the Present Guy will drop you a mail and offer you a present just for logging on!
The Cat House is where you can buy Clever Cats. Cats need to be Poked in order to get to work collecting Flowers, so make sure you know if your Cats are moving and keep an eye out for the Poke button in the Cat House. When they get back from a run around your terrain they will deposit all of the Flowers they have collected in the Cat Pile. Once the Cat Pile contains Flowers you'll need to send them to the Flower Box before you can use them to make Bouquets. Cats stop to Rest when they need to Eat and Sleep which is when you really want to be out there yourself collecting Flowers efficiently if you plan on beating your Profit Record. Cats can be upgraded several times, with massive Upgrades to Run Speed Unlocked at Levels 35, 52, and 77.
The Compost is where you make Fertilizer for your Zones.. To do this you need to Discard Flowers into the Compost. It makes no sense to discard a rare Dracula Orchid so try to use up your least valuable Flowers here. Worms allow you to get much more Fertilizer from fewer Flowers so do invest in Worms when you are struggling to keep your Fertility levels high. Fertility is critical for your Zones and without it, you will find it takes a lot longer for Flowers to regrow. The more Flowers you have planted the more they will drain your Fertilizer level and Super-Flowers drain your Fertilizer twice as much!
The Shop is where your Bouquets go on sale which is the main way of making Money in Petal Farm. When you make a Bouquet in the WorkShop it appears here in one of the Slots at the Shop. The time it takes to Sell a Bouquet depends on the Attraction value from all your Decorations, and the Prices you are demanding (Unlocked in Objective 9) at the Shop. It's important to consider both of these aspects when trying to ensure that you can sell everything which you can grow for the best possible price. How else would you beat your Profit Record!?
The Market offers a quicker way of acquiring Rare Flowers. Save up Tokens and trade them in for either 1, 2, or 3 Rares of the type that's on offer. You can earn Tokens from Presents given to you by your Friends. You can have up to 30 Friends so make sure they're actively sending Presents and you'll get those Tokens coming in.
You can earn Presents by beating challenges at your Present Pile. You can't open Presents yourself however, you need a Friend to send them to. The more Friends you make the more Presents you are likely to receive in return. You can have up to 30 Friends so that's a lot of Presents if they truly are active Present Senders. Make a note of their Presents Sent Score before friending them as that's a good indicator of an active friend. Just make sure it's you that they are actually sending them to!
The Flower Box is a convenient storage for Flowers when your Basket is full. Most importantly, it's the only place where you can Inspect Flowers to see what they Pair Well with and what they Pair Best with. When two Flowers Pair well together, any Bouquet you design (Unlocked in Objective 9) which has them both in will get a higher Prettiness Score. The Prettier the Bouquet the more Money it will sell for at the Shop. This means that sometimes it makes sense to focus on farming Flowers that aren't even the most valuable, just so that they can increase the Prettiness of your Bouquets. It takes a little practice and careful planning to figure out exactly what's best to grow.
The terrain is divided into Zones, and each Zone can hold up to 50 seeds. You can inspect your Zones with the leaf in the bottom left corner of the Screen which causes the window to pop up when you next stand on a valid section of the terrain. You can Water Zones yourself with the Put Water button, or you can buy Sprinklers and place them within reach of the Zone. It's important to be aware of your Zones' Water Levels and make sure that they remain high else you'll find Flowers take a long time to grow back. As well as Planting Seeds into the Zone from your Basket, you can Dig Up Seeds from the Zone and they will go back into your Basket. It's possible to plant a mix of different Seeds inside a Zone, which can be handy for completing Mail Orders, but really the most Money can be made by sorting your most valuable Flowers into Group Bonuses. Whenever you fill a Zone with 50 Seeds of the same type of Flower (say Poppies), that Zone will get a Level 1 Group Bonus. Neighbouring Zones can also be filled with that same type of Flower and extend your Group Bonus to Level 2. It's possible to fill up to 30 adjacent Zones with the same Flower and get a huge Group Bonus. This causes Extra flowers to grow in all of the affected Zones.
The Basket can hold up to 500 Flowers, with Capacity Upgrades unlocked at Levels 56, 66, 76 and 86. When your Basket is full you either want to drop off your Flowers at the Flower Box or sell them at the Workshop. The Basket can also be used to buy and Research new Seeds. When you buy Seeds they first appear inside your Basket, from here you can plant them into a Zone on the terrain.
With your Basket Open you can click the $ button to open the Seed Buyer. In here you can choose which Seeds you want to buy, and how many. Generally, it's best to invest in the most valuable Seed as that will earn you more Money selling Bouquets at the Shop. However, when you buy a Seed, the cost to buy more of the same type increases, so sometimes you'll find it better to spread your investments into a few types of more valuable Flowers. You should also try to plant at least a few Seeds of every type because you never know whether somebody will ask for something specific in a Mail Order.
You can only buy new types of Seeds after fully Researching the Flower. To do this you need to find enough Flowers of the kind you want to Research growing Wild on the terrain. The chance of finding a Rare Flower becomes smaller and smaller the more valuable it is, but it also significantly increases at Night Time. When Night falls you really want to get out there and hunt for Rare Flowers before morning breaks. The best way to do this efficiently is to cover as much terrain as possible, a process that can be helped by investing in more Land and building a network of Golden Slippers to help you travel more quickly. You can also get Rares on Flower Expeditions but it takes quite a bit of skill to spot the Flower you're looking for.
With Alchemy you can convert regular Flowers into Super Flowers. This has a huge impact on their value, turning regular Daisies into giant Rares that are worth even more than Fat Boys. The process will destroy any regular Flowers you have on the map and replace them with Super Flowers that need to be researched before you can Buy the Seed. To make the Super Potion the Scientist will require you to collect Reagents from the map. Once Alchemy is unlocked, Mistletoe can be found hanging from the trees, Water Lillies can be found floating on the River, while Widow's Root, Moon Rock, Asparagus Tips and Fool's Gold can be found anywhere on the terrain. It will take a sharp eye to look out for these while running your Farm and hunting new Rares.
In the Workshop you can make Bouquets to sell at the Shop. You can do this either with Flowers from your Basket or those inside your Flower Box. It takes 10 Flowers to make each Bouquet. You can select a Flower in the Bouquet and swap it for other Flowers allowing you to experiment with different Bouquet designs (Unlocked in Objective 9). This is important because the most money can be made when you make Bouquets with a high Prettiness Score as shown in the green bar above the Bouquet. The Flower Box shows you which Flowers Pair Well and Pair Best with each other, allowing you to Design Prettier Bouquets. The number beneath the Bouquet tells you how many Bouquets of this type you have the Flowers to make.
Petal Farm is fully translated into English, Spanish, and Italian and we will soon be providing language support for Korean, Japanese and Mandarin.
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