How to Play Facebook's FarmVille Game


FarmVille is a fun & addicting game made by Zynga and found on Facebook. You may have noticed that some friends "gave up city livin' and started a farm!" If you enjoy SIM-type games and like to interact with your friends, this is the game for you!

Things You'll Need

  • A Facebook page
  • A Farmville account
  • A little time
  • If you have a friend with a FarmVille (FV) account, you can click "Play FarmVille Now!" on any of their FV related posts. If not, click on this link (you must sign in to your Facebook account first): FV will ask you to create a character. You can customize your farmer's features and then begin playing!

  • Once a crop is ready to harvest, you simply click on it and your farmer will harvest it. When you hover over the empty plot, it will let you know that it is now "fallow land" that you can click on to plow. Plowing one plot costs 15 coins and earns you one experience point (XP). Click again on this plowed plot and you will be given a list of seeds to choose from. Pay attention to how much each costs (to make sure you have enough coins to purchase the quantity you'd like to buy) and how long each takes to harvest. If you are heading to bed, for example, you don't want to choose strawberries, which only take 4 hours to harvest. When you wake up in the morning, your crops will be wilted and you will not earn any profits from them.

  • Be sure to visit your friends' farms each day! You will be helping them and also helping yourself. When you fertilize their crops, you may find extra fuel and you receive coins and XP. If they have a chicken coop, feed their chickens and you will receive coins and XP, plus you may find a bonus egg to hatch for a prize. In addition, it will encourage them to return the favor and visit your farm. Fertilized crops earn extra XP and well-fed chickens earn extra coins!

  • One of the most fun aspects of FV is giving and receiving gifts! In order to do this, you must first have neighbors. Invite all your friends because each neighbor you have provides more opportunities for coins and XP. Once you have neighbors, click on "Free Gifts" in the tabs at the top of the game. Choose a gift (again, which gifts you are able to send depends on the level of the game you are currently at) and click "Proceed to send." Choose which friend(s) you want to send the gift to and you're all set.
    ** One thing that many people overlook is that you must accept your friends' gift requests before you can use them. When you have a gift request, you will see "Farmville Gift Request" in the top, right-hand corner of your Facebook homepage (NOT your FarmVille page). Click on this and it'll show you which gifts you have been given. Click to accept these gifts and then you will see them in the gift section of your FV toolbar.

  • New features are being added to Farmville all the time. Click on "Specials" in the market section to see what the new deal of the day is. You can also recruit friends to help you build buildings such as a horse stable and larger chicken coops. You can now join or start a co-op, where you have a limited amount of time to seed and harvest a particular crop to earn extra XP and coins.

  • Lastly, if you're given the reward of a Farmhand or Arborist, consider yourself lucky and take advantage of their services! The Farmhand will harvest all your livestock in an instant and the Arborist will harvest all your trees instantly. Use their services wisely by waiting until all (or most) of your livestock or trees are ready to be harvested and then voila! You are done farming for the day.

Tips & Warnings

  • The more crops you plant and harvest, the more money and XP you will earn, which will allow you to purchase decorations, buildings, and a larger farm.
  • I've found that it's easier to have your trees along the back edges of your farm so you can easily reach them to harvest and so they don't block the crops you need to get to.
  • This game is very addicting!

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