Country Life is a Facebook farming game produced by a developer of the same name. Country Life is a direct competitor to Farmville and one of few other farming games that can compete with the depth and entertainment of Farmville.
Country Life does have gameplay tweaks which differentiate it from Farmville and its clones. The use of a storage barn for harvested crops presents an entertaining improvement and the multiple decorative items available for in-game (as opposed to real world) currency allow for even free players to engage in creative farm decoration. The storage feature allows a player to “see” the increase in number and variety of crops and the stored crops can be processed further by other buildings for greater experience and monetary rewards.
The key unique gameplay element in Country Life is the interaction between crops, animals, and buildings. Standard farming games have a repetitive and boring cycle of leveling: buy seed / plant seed / water / wait / harvest crop. Country Life alters this dynamic by forcing players to include animals and buildings into the cycle. Harvested crops can be used to feed animals which produce raw materials consumed by buildings to produce higher value goods. This improved cycle adds to the depth of Country Life as players can focus their farm economy toward the production of specific end-game items. A focused farm will be more efficient to play than a farm that plants a variety of different crops.
The limited selection of crops and decorative items is the weakest aspect of Country Life. Ironically, the limited selection of crops is likely due to the need to integrate crops with animals and buildings. If Country Life had twice the amount of crops and decorations, I would likely recommend it as the best farming game on Facebook. The entertainment value of a farming game quickly declines if you are looking at the same pixels every harvest.
For players with slower computers, Country Life can cause a problem with its integration of flash. There is a low-resolution option that solves many problems with lag, but at the highest-detail setting the game slows to a crawl and farm actions can take several seconds to process properly.
Overall, Country Life provides a strong alternative to the dominance of Farmville. The two games have a different visual theme and most players will quickly develop a preference for one or the other. I recommend even experienced farmers give Country Life a try. You may enjoy your new life on the Country Life farm.