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FarmVille 2 Country Escape – a Gamers’ Review | Max Lang-Orsini

This is the mobile (very tablet friendly) version of FarmVille, available as a free download and a fun to play game for all. Before you read this article, give the trailer a watch and take your own perception and then read this article for a better understanding of the game!

Although you get access to more in-game rewards if you log in with your Facebook account, you don’t actually need to be on Facebook to play. From your mobile or tablet device just go to your app store and enter ‘FarmVille 2 Country Escape’ to download the game free and for a low storage space!

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It’s a Zynga Games development, so watch out for the opportunities to spend your money (buying keys lets you unlock land for expansion & high value animals etc) but you can play the game without spending your hard earned cash. It makes sense since the game is free.

This a worthwhile farming simulation game – grow, harvest and develop your land; trade with neighbours, participate in regular events – there’s genuinely something here for all farming simulation fans.

Probably one of the best aspects of the game is the constant opportunities to earn rewards by participation in events – there’s something happening every few weeks that’ll give you the opportunity to earn a new farmhand (either a 30 day stay or a permanent placement) and that’s a massive bonus while you’re building your farm.

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Plus if you’re a ‘builder’ who likes to grow, maintain and develop as part of your games this is the perfect choice for you – you can farm, harvest and grow to your hearts’ content. And if you’ve a competitive edge (and who in the Gaming community hasn’t?!) then the event participation and the chance to win bigger rewards for ranking higher is definitely going to keep your attention (and probably also keep you up all night too!).

For me, this is a better version of the game than the main FarmVille 2 game on Facebook: on the mobile Country Escape version you can constantly refill your water supply from the stream and lake, meaning you never run out of water to tend your crops with so there’s no ‘time lag’ like you can experience in the main Facebook version.

Overall, this is an addictive and really well thought out farming simulation game: I’ve played a few but this is the one I got hooked on (for all of the above reasons!) and still today I’m planning my farming activity tonight so I can win the current event reward…. A very good overall gaming experience, providing you can spare the time to get hooked on yet another great Zynga game of course!!

Check it out now on the Google Play Store and Apple Store!

Games That Can Make You Smarter

Even though we are used to the idea that games are meant to make you forget about studying or having problems, if we could look a little further they have the potential to develop our brain and help us see the world from a different point of view.

Chess

Chess is one of the most intelligent brain games ever created. It requires a lot of perception and predicting what the opponent might do.

2 players vs each other (typically on a board, though can be played on technology) and each side has 24 pieces spread across a 64 mini squared board. The pieces that you will start with are; 16 pawns, 2 knights, 2 bishops, 2 rooks, 1 queen and 1 king.

During the game each player takes a ‘turn’ by moving a piece forward whilst sticking to their ‘designated square colour’. It is a common trend that the ‘white’ pieces start first, causing them to typically win slightly more and are shown through tournament games.

Chess has a long history as it spans back to the 6th century and began in Northern India.

Chess creates a better analytical thinking in those who play regularly. Studies show that playing chess can even increase your IQ and it does an amazing job with your concentration abilities.

Scrabble

Scrabble is a word game that expands your vocabulary and language skills. There is a whole scrabble association that searches for new words, suitable for the game.

Scrabble is very similar to crossword puzzles, except works slightly differently. Instead of filling in the blanks, you are making as many words up as you can by expanding the letters to create more words. It is a very fun game and has brain training elements to it that you won’t even realise.

Played between 2 and 4 players, a board divided into 15×15 squares has the purpose of creating words from the pieces they have left, whilst expanding on the one on the board.

In 1983, the American Architect ‘Alfred Mosher Butts’ invented the first Scrabble board.

It not only makes you learn new words, but increases your imagination to a point where you not only know the word, but you can also recall it in your memory when the time is right, in a way, improving your memory.

Monopoly

This is a great game for those who dream to become leaders someday. It creates a sense for business and it teaches people about money management techniques. By playing monopoly regularly you can learn how to manage other people’s lives together with your own.

There are even simpler games that can seriously impact on your brain abilities.

If you are right handed, that means that most of your actions and thoughts are performed by the work of your left brain half. This is because the nerve pathways of the right and left brain cross before they reach the body. That means that your left half is more developed than the right one. One effective way to significantly raise your IQ is to try developing the right half as well. A very simple way to do this is by trying to write with your left hand. You will be amazed how such an easy action can take so much effort. Adjusting to this could take years!

Another action that can develop your imagination and improve your visual cortex together with abstraction thinking is to try reading and talking backwards. Talking will take you a little more time, because the brain is designed in a way that it can grasp things easier when you can see them written on a paper.

There are many fun ways that can stimulate your brain to be able to perform difficult tasks. Thus you are not only able to do those tasks, but also you improve the development of different centres in your brain to be able to memorise and complete even harder tasks. And they say that you can’t have fun while learning!