Farm Heroes Super Saga

King Games has a new offering for us called Farm Heroes Super Saga. I know you will find this hard to believe, but it is a match three game. Shocking, right? As you can tell by the name, it is a spin-off of their popular Farm Heroes Saga.

The game play is similar with some new twists. You can now match four in a square configuration, which will result in a super cropsie. (Think of how you make fish in Candy Crush Jelly or Candy Crush Soda; it's the same move.) They don't give you anything towards your goals when you create them, but they can give you quite a lot of points when collected.

So what's so great about super cropsies? Two things. One, there are levels where you need to collect them to hit your goals. Two, they retain extra points. You know how in the original game the cropsies become more valuable when you match next to them? But that extra value vanishes after your next move. The super cropsies keep that value, which can help you meet those higher goals, like 100 water droplets.

The whole game has a new look but I would not call it a better look. The flowers that were pink are now white and make a particularly unattractive face in one of the stages of collection. The map is now “lenticular”, which as far as I can tell means it makes the player motion sick.

We have some new cropsies to collect, including tomatoes, bananas, pears and plums. There is also a squirrel, who collects nuts, which you get by maneuvering it near the nuts. This is similar to the frogs in Farm Heroes Saga, and how they lick up the water droplets, etc. There is also a goat, which butts squares with hay, enabling you to collect the hay.

Rancid, the raccoon boss, now flings cans onto the playing field. When you match next to them they are flung at Rancid, damaging him. I don't think collecting fruits and vegetables harms him, as they do in Farm Heroes Saga, but you do need to meet cropsie goals, as you do in regular game play.

Unfortunately power ups or boosters are not as easy to get as they are in the original game. Instead of getting free rechargeable boosters, you have to buy them one of two ways. Of course you can use gold, as that is King's revenue source, but you can also buy a couple of them with silver coins, which you earn in a brand new method.

The Country Show allows you to earn both trophies and silver coins. As each show begins you are given a little pot and your own cropsie to grow. (This is reminiscent of the zen garden in Plants versus Zombies.) You have a certain amount of time to grow the cropsie, which you do by earning stars in the regular game. There are five levels you can attain and your rewards get bigger as you ascend the levels. Frustratingly, replaying levels you have already beaten don't count towards your star count.

The most baffling addition to the game are levels that rely on the wind to move the cropsies. In your ordinary Farm Heroes game the cropsies fall down as you remove their fellows below them, working the same way gravity works in real life. In the wind levels the cropsies are blown by the wind in whatever direction you move a cropsie, meaning new cropsies will come from that direction. So if you make a match by moving a pear to the left, the wind will blow to the left and move cropsies into the empty spaces from the right. I had a hard time adjusting to this. I'm pretty good with the match 3 games but it’s hard for me to wrap my head around this and plan for future moves. Keep in mind that you always have two options for each move. If you are making a vertical match you can move a cropsie so the new ones fall down, or you can move the opposing cropsie so the rest move upwards.

The game is available to download for free from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Facebook. The game launches with 205 levels.

Bonus Treat:
This week's bonus treat is a video of a very young child who is playing with a resuscitation training dummy. She is adorbs.