Ranch Rush - just 3 acres of land and your determination
Fresh Games and Alias Worlds have brought us a great example of
time-management games that make you click, and click, and click, and
never stop until the game is over. Ranch Rush is one of such games. You
have three acres of land to do there whatever you wish - and save your
ranch from bankruptsy. You have 8 weeks, a starting capital and a host
of grateful customers - and your strategic thinking to cope with all
this and earn the necessary money.
You act as Sara, a real natural with plants and
animals. She loves experiments and they always end with a success. Now
it's time for the biggest experiment in her life.
One day Sara had to hear the sad news - unless the situation changes,
in 8 weeks Jim, her boss, will be forced to sell their ranch. An idea
immediately appeared in Sara's pretty head: why not use the extra plot
of land (just 3 acres) and try to earn enough in order to keep the
ranch? Once the idea got to her mind, it wouldn't go out, and Sara
decided to give it a try. The biggest experiment starts - and you are
invited to share the success!
At the beginning you have a plot of land, a barn, a well, a stack
of crates and a little money. You buy soil and seeds and start working.
You will get orders from customers willing to buy your products. Each
order corresponds to one day of week and, accordingly, has a limited
time within which you have to fulfill it. Some orders will require real
strategic thinking and planning, because some products take much time
to make and need additional actions. While, for example, everything is
simple with crops - you just plant seeds (you have to do it once and
will get harvest several times), then wait for the crop to ripen,
collect it and take it to the barn, other products need more attention.
Say, to make milk you have first to give cows some clover, which you
have to grow yet. Ketchup machines will consume tomatoes, making wool
requires first feeding the sheep, then shearing them and taking wool to
the barn, and to collect honey you first grow clover, then wait for the
bees to produce the needed amount of the sweet mass, and then - the
most tricky moment - to wait for the bees to leave their home and
collect the honey.
So it's better to plan your level at the very beginning - and, say,
first make the ketchup and then collect tomatoes. Mind that you will
get no bonus for making more products than necessary, so better keep
the surplus amount for the next customer.
Each Saturday you will hold a Farmer's Market - here you have to
sell as many products as possible within a limited time and try to earn
as much as you can.
Tip: if you have time on Friday, prepare some
products that take much time to make in advance - selling them at
Farmer's Market will bring you extra profit.
The most attractive feature of the game, to my mind, is your complete
freedom in designing your own ranch. You decide how much land you
allocate for each type of crop, where you place your buildings and
machines, and whatever, and in what sequence you fulfill your orders.
You determine, how many wells you need and where your cows will live,
and whether you will feed your livestock. As starting from
approximately the second week you'll always have enough money for all
your needs, I recommend that you buy additional wells and barns and
place them in different corners of the plot so that you can go to the
nearest one and save time.
game gives you total freedom in where to place all the stuff in your
ranch. In Move Mode you can move anything you have already place
wherever you wish. The most efficient way is to locate cows next to
clover, sheep next to wheat, seeds next to corresponding soil patches
etc. This helps you save precious time and fulfill your orders quicker.
Ranch Rush features two modes - Casual and Expert (needs to be
unlocked) and a trophy room giving you real challenges to overcome.
Beautiful graphics (you are welcome to take snapshots of your ranch
at any time), merry country music and perfect voicing will
significantly enrich your game experience.
Ranch Ruch is one of the best time-management games I've played lately - and you?
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