Zynga launches new mobile FarmVille game

FarmVille 2: Country Escape adds an offline and anonymous single player mode.

Social and mobile games company Zynga has launched FarmVille 2: Country Escape last week, a new FarmVille game designed especially for mobile devices.

Unlike Zynga’s previous attempts to bring FarmVille to mobile devices simply as an extension of the PC game, FarmVille 2: Country Escape was designed based on mobile players’ feedback. It has an offline mode, which allows you to play wherever and then connect to the internet to save progress, and also an Anonymous Mode, which allows you to complete quests, sell goods, and expand your farm without the social features the series is known for.

Of course, FarmVille 2: Country Escape is free-to-play with in-app purchases, and still has all the social features that can accelerate progress.

The game had a solid debut on the iTunes App Store, coming in as the third top free game in the Top Free Apps chart, and number 42 on the Top Grossing chart. It broke into the top 100 free games on Google Play, but didn’t make as big of a splash there.

FarmVille 2: Country Escape is also the most notable game Zynga has launched since former Xbox executive Don Matrick left Microsoft to join Zynga as its Chief Executive Officer in July 2013.

"I joined Zynga because I believe that [Mark Pincus'] pioneering vision and mission to connect the world through games is just getting started," Matrick said at the time. "Zynga is a great business that has yet to realize its full potential."

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52 comments
Jarten
Jarten

I prefer Harvest Moon.

ferna1234
ferna1234

in my opinion, the current crisis in gaming is in part because of shit like this.

ranzikiel
ranzikiel

Yes!. Finally the wait is over.
NEXT GEN MOBILE GAME IS HERE!!!

warriors30
warriors30

I don't hate casual games in general. I do like to play horrible mobile games sometimes, just because I find joy in playing bad video games (makes you appreciate the good ones even more)...but I just can't understand how anyone would want to spend time with games like Farmville, The Simpsons Tapped Out or the new Family Guy game, these games are just atrocious imo.

To each their own.

SolidSnakeJT
SolidSnakeJT

All the people in the comments section makes me sick!
It's not because you are a hardcore gamer that you cannot like playing these kind of games...
I've been playing games for over 25 years now and i really like the relaxing feeling of playing games like Farmville 2 or Simpsons tapped out.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Farmville 2?  Ha.  Farmville 1 was a freak hit, and won't be reproduced by this crap.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

About time Goat Simulator got a competitor for GotY...

Dilandau88
Dilandau88

In other news, who the fuck cares?

pcty
pcty

My most anticipated game.

lilflipp
lilflipp

Should I play Farmville on my phone, or Zelda on my 3DS? Hmmm tough one.

Stesilaus
Stesilaus

I can't wait for the Oculus Rift version.  :-/


jer_1
jer_1

Lazy c*nts have not a single original bone in them. Don't buy this tripe people...

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

"Unlike Zynga’s previous attempts to bring FarmVille to mobile devices simply as an extension of the PC game..."

Let's not brand it as that please.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

I thought the title said Farmvile. 

koospetoors
koospetoors

Having to go online to save progress is not what I'd call a worthwhile offline mode....

radar2670
radar2670

"It has an offline mode, which allows you to play wherever and then connect to the internet to save progress"

So you cannot save your progress until you go back on line?!?!.....     Not much of an OFFLINE mode then is it.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

They should try making games for a change. You know, just to mix things up and see what happens.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

"adds an offline and anonymous single player mode." 

ROFL!!! Seeing how developers prefer to do things nowadays with online and stuff this seems like a desperate move.

m_dorian
m_dorian

Yes, but can you play this on a submarine, Don?


eze_sl89
eze_sl89

i dont consider these kind of software, "real games".

bye.

shingui5
shingui5

And on this day, not one s**t was given. 

chyll
chyll

I joined Zynga because I believe that [Mark Pincus'] pioneering vision and mission to rip  everyone's wallet through games is just getting started

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

I'm tiered of Gamespot reporting news about these Free to download 

"Games"

Godlikan
Godlikan

Brainwashing game. Makes you unintelligent. 

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Please everyone, don't give in FarmVille 2, that leads to the Dark Side. 

wexorian
wexorian

F YEAH wanted this garbage for my phone whole life!!!!

galeta
galeta

"Mark Pincus pioneering vision and mission to connect the world through games.."

AHAHAHAHA

Xirtahm
Xirtahm

It's feeding time for the sheep already?  Just let them starve, for Christ's sake.

demondogx
demondogx

i tought this was gamespot, not paywallspot, why not do articles on real games like Stronghold Crusader 2, instead of paywall apps

xinortam
xinortam

@SolidSnakeJT I hear you. Gamespot has loads of users/readers; lot's of whom consider everything that is not 'hardcore' is also no worth writing about. YES: EA is trying to put your money in their pockets (as all companies do, that's why they are COMPANIES), but at least with these games you can play freely and pay only for the extra's. If you say these aren't games, that's a bit sad; what else but gaming would you be doing while spending your time on these titles? Nobody forces anybody to play these games and I do understand there is a bit of an overload of them which creates little too much news in relationship to 'big ass titles' but hey, that is simply how it is; if you don't like it, just ignore it, but lame reactions about EA or for things 'not being a game' are a bit off reality maybe (and not, I'm also not a big fan of EA and their policies).

zeek_fox
zeek_fox

@SolidSnakeJT  

I'm in the same boat.  Been gaming for two decades, and games like Farmville are great for people with more to do than practice Call of Duty all day long.  Relaxed games with no need for a fast response or undivided attention are great for multitasking, where I could be talking to some of my buddies on Skype or other instant messengers because I'm not too busy with a game.


But then again, I've always been a bit less mainstream.  Never cared to practice up on FPS's, but was competent at fighters, racers, etc, and could hang in such games with my competitive friends.  But then, we'd pop in a traditional puzzle game, something like Tetris Attack, and I'd just dominate like there's no tomorrow, because that was my genre of choice.  Then someone would be all "dude, put a real game in there."


The point is, gamers get all elitist and put down what they can't handle.  Typical immature style thinking.

zerohournow
zerohournow

@SolidSnakeJT If some game nerds mildly raging against crappy facebook games makes you sick, you may want to stay off the internet. You are welcome to play these lame games, but that doesn't make them any less lame. I watch Adam Sandler movies, but they are still shite.

SolidSnakeJT
SolidSnakeJT

@Thanatos2k Actually, farmville 2 is a big hit since over a year, there is at least 350k people playing all the time.

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

@m_dorian you shouldnt be playing games on submarines you need to be tracking the russian subs off our coast


vorbzv
vorbzv

Really?

I tought I taw a putty tat...?

SolidSnakeJT
SolidSnakeJT

@zeek_fox @SolidSnakeJTAmen to that, i've always been very competitive in games and when i was young i would dominate in fighting games, and i LOVED pokemon puzzle league, i was pretty decent at that game but one of my friend was a god at that game, to this very day i still remember he had 100 victories and i only have 19 agaisnt him lol, ''in reality he had way more than 100, but the game only kept count to 100''

Typical immature elitist gamers will put down everything just to look ''cool''

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Eh, what are they going to do? We jam their surveillance with classified orbital satellites and they aren't dumb enough to attack. We'd drop the hammer. Then again, Obama is our president, it isn't like anyone is really too afraid.

xinortam
xinortam

@terrariafan247 Well, it's a large ass company, putting out a lot of games. So lot's of news to be brought about them too I guess. Not that you have to like what they come up with every single time (or even most of the time). It's like the supermarket; you won't buy everything they offer you, some stuff would turn your stomach I guess, but then again, nobody forces you to (like GameSpot won't force you to read the EA stuff they put up.. fortunately)