I’m obsessed with playing Papaya Farm on my Android phone. It’s a Farmville clone, intended to be cross-platform. It’s free. If you’re interested in giving it a try, you can go to this link and use Barcode Scanner (or your barcode scanner app of choice) to scan the QR code.
Unfortunately, the support for Papaya Farm is really minimal. The developer is based in China, and the English instructions provided in the game are both in broken English and not complete. Once you get into it, it’s really fun though. You start with a small plot of land and access to only a few seed types, like carrots. Planting, harvesting, and re-plowing results in getting tools. For example, you can get a carrot blender to make carrot juice. Eventually, when you’ve played for awhile, you start getting repeats of tools and/or needing specific tools. That’s where the social game gets fun. Papaya provides a cross-platform (iPhone, Facebook, Android) chat area where you can meet up with other Papayans and set up trades for tools. This has led to some Type A documentation on my part…I have a GDocs spreadsheet online with all the products I’ve made, what I’m working on, what tools I have available to trade, etc. You can see the public trading page at my Papaya Farm GDoc. I’ve also got a big table of seeds, values, tools, etc. posted there that you’re welcome to download and modify for your own purposes.
If you want to friend me in Papaya Farm, my user name is exactly what you’d expect: tsukata. My avatar has pink hair, and it will say that I’m a US user on Android. (Papaya allows people to duplicate user names, so you need to know someone’s user name as well as a few details to make sure you’re friending the right person.)
I’m also happy to answer questions that people have about the game. Here’s a few tips on using the app to start:
- In-game money is earned by selling products in the game. Papayas are earned by completing offers, buying them directly (using real money), or referring friends to the game. You also get a regular papaya bonus just for logging in. Papayas have significant in-game value, especially as you progress further in the game, so don’t waste them on early purchases of avatar clothing and such.
- When you exit Papaya Farm (pressing quit from the farm), you can click your Android menu button to access “Home” (your profile, f-list, and inbox), “Chat/IM” (where the chat rooms are), and other helpful sub-areas of Papaya.
- If you’re a new Papaya user, a friend (like me) can get bonus papayas by referring you. There’s a field for referrer when you first sign up with Papaya Mobile. Get your friend’s referrer ID (mine is my e-mail address ) to give them credit for your registration. They’ll thank you!
- Chickens and cows can be converted into meat to feed cats and other carnivores. Before you start on a carnivore, raise enough chickens and cows to feed it. Chickens have a better grass-to-meat exchange rate, but it’s faster to get more meat by raising cows.
- Don’t buy a ranch or farm dog. It requires regular upkeep of dog food, which costs papayas. I can’t tell you how many Papyans are begging for dog food in the chat room because the dog’s animation when he’s hungry is so pitiful. No one can steal from you bad enough to justify the ongoing cost of the dog.
- Speaking of stealing, it’s a normal part of Papaya. You earn respect points (which gets you periodic bonus items) by stealing from your friends *and* by being stolen from. In fact, it’s a common strategy to leave a pile of eggs laying around in the ranch for people to steal, because you get respect points for every item stolen. Your last fruit on the vine and last product on the ranch generally can’t be stolen, with the exception of “fast” fruits like pumpkins and grass. Someone has to use a special card to steal the last item.
- However, plowing other people’s fields is a faux pas. Because plowing is how you get tools, and tools have the most value, plowing your friends’ fields is a sure way to lose friends. But, it’s your call in the end. Personally, I never leave my fields unplowed. I plow as soon as I harvest. But, some folks like to leave them unharvested because there’s a theory out there that you’re more likely to get tools if you’re plowing more fields successively. Also, my personal rule is that the “friend plots” (the areas where only your friends can plant) are fair game for either the friend or me to plow once we harvest.
Hope this helps!
PS – I’ve created a Papaya Fan tumblr, since I wanted to play around with tumblr anyways. You can submit questions and tips over there, and I will post it. Papaya Fan on Tumblr