Beach Farm is a time management game for your Windows Phone that has you overseeing operations at an island farm. You are tasked with growing and harvesting crops, raising livestock and trading/selling your farm goods to neighboring island customers.
Beach Farm comes in as is today's HERO App, which is a promotional campaign for Windows Phone and Windows developers on the AdDuplex Network. The program has changed slightly from last year and partners AdDuplex with AppDeals, TechRewards and Windows Central to deliver a host of benefits to the top apps and games each month. Our role in the HERO App campaign is to offer a little exposure to these titles by sharing them with you, our readers.
When you first launch Beach Farm, the Windows Phone game will walk you through a tutorial that will highlight the fundamentals of gameplay. You start the game with a modest farming spread with just a few parcels of cultivated land where a crop of corn is growing. You'll add hen houses, grain silos, road-side stands and more. The goal is to grow your farm and become a farming giant through trade and sales.
The gaming screen is modestly laid out with your farm view modified by touch (slide to the right, pinch to zoom, etc.). Your gold and gem count is displayed in the top right corner, and access to your gaming profile is nestled in the left corner. Access to the game's settings is just below the player profile portal and access to the community menu and gaming store run along the bottom of the gaming display.
Settings cover sound and music options, language selection, access to the gaming tutorials and exchange code entries for trading resources amongst players. Your gaming store is where you will buy everything for your farm from cultivated land, pastures, decorative trees, livestock, seeds, fruit trees and more.
You'll earn money as you sell your farming products, which in turn can be used in the gaming store to re-stock your farm or expand it. Gems are earned during gameplay and are used to speed up wait times associated with construction.
The mechanics of gameplay are simple in that you tap the area of your farm that you need to interact with, and action icons will appear. Tap the icon and slide your finger over the area you want to effect. For example, to harvest crops tap on the field and choose the sickle icon. Then slide your finger over the crops you want to harvest.
For the most part, Beach Farm plays out much like Farmville or Township. You will encounter walk up traffic looking to buy products, and there is a message board where neighboring islanders are looking to buy products. You also have the ability to visit other farms and trade or buy goods from them.
The only nit I have discovered in playing Beach Farm over the past few days is that screen taps didn't always register as they should. If you are tapping a target that is close to another item, you may need to zoom in a little before your tap gives you access to the correct item.
Overall, Beach Farm is a fun, free game to spend a little time with. It is ad supported with in-app purchase opportunities.
AdDuplex HERO Promotion
AdDuplex is a fantastic resource for the cross-promotion of Windows Phone and Windows apps. AdDuplex's HERO Apps program is designed to help developers promote their apps even further with free access to various tools and resources from AdDuplex.
The HERO Apps promotion partners AdDuplex with Windows Central, AppDeals and Microsoft TechRewards to provide additional benefits to the top apps every month. These benefits are spread across four packages and include:
- 100% exchange ratio on AdDuplex for 1 month
- $50-500 credits to run ad campaigns on AdDuplex
- @AdDuplex tweet about your app]
- Professional ad design (banner and/or interstitial)
- TechReward Points
- App quality review by the Windows Store
- Free feature campaign on AppDeals
- Review of your app on Windows Central
The rules to join the HERO Apps program remain the same. Every app that you start to cross-promote on the AdDuplex network will be able to apply for the program and receive one of the four benefit packages. You can find all the fine print and sign up for the HERO Apps program here at AdDuplex's website.
Windows Central is proud to be partnering with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. As with our existing partnership with myAppFree Deals, this is yet another excellent opportunity to promote both the Windows 10 PC and Mobile platforms.
Windows Central is already partnering with the myAppFree campaign and is proud to be collaborating with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. It is another great opportunity to promote the Windows 10 PC and Mobile platform.