Square Enix’s Farms & Castles is a game for Android and iOS devices that is referred to as a “fiendishly addictive puzzle game played by millions.” All you have to do here is match objects in order to build castles and farms. As you go on, moving up from knight (a lowly one at that) to an emperor, you will harvest goods and earn gold. And as usual, you can compete with your friends or other players from around the world in an effort to climb up the leaderboard.
That sounds all well and good, but if you’re just starting out, it’s easy to get frustrated. That’s why we have come up with a list of Farms & Castles cheats, tips and hints to help ease you in and get you acquainted with the game…while succeeding in the early goings.
1. Split The Board Into Two
One thing you can try if you’re just starting the game is to split your board into two halves. One half would be for mines, while the other half would be for farms; in other words, you should save the farm half for wood and grass items, and the mine half for stones. This sounds easier said than done, but if you’re looking to improve your score and have as many moves as possible, this is the best way to go. We’d say you’d have a good chance of getting this right with a little practice.
2. Think Of It As Similar To A Chess Game
Whether you play chess or not, you probably get what we mean here. When playing this title, you’ll have the most success if you’ve got a good idea of what your future moves would be, even if you haven’t even played the first element. We recommend covering the sides and the corners before anything else, and making easy moves in the center of the board.
3. Familiarize Yourself With The Matching Mechanic
Figuring out how matches work is another thing you need to do early on. That’s going to help you know what happens when you make a match. So what’s the deal with the matching mechanic on Farms & Castles? Well, “L” shaped matches count towards your score, while V-shaped or diamond-shaped ones aren’t included. Remember this when you’re playing the elements on the board.
4. Use Gold When You Absolutely Have To, But Not Too Late
There’s some strategy involved when it comes to spending goods and gold. Waiting until you’ve got a board that’s almost filled up means there’s a good chance of you failing, even when you start using orbs and goods. As for the goods, we suggest using them for higher-level elements that come in slower than usual.
5. Keep Practicing
We won’t deny it to you – Farms & Castles is a very complex game. So is chess, but the only way to get better here is to practice, to learn through your mistakes and pick up the mechanics as you go along. Playing while well-rested is also a good idea.