A puzzle game for farmers
Topsoil is a neat little game about farming and resource allocation. This is a game for people who want to apply themselves to puzzles. You have a limited piece of land, and an endless stream of plants to sow on it. These plants vary and you can then harvest them a few at a time. The soil cycles after every step and so fragments depending upon the bits where you harvested last. The goal is to plant and harvest as many times as possible before you run out of spots. It makes for an interesting take on match-3 where the blocks are in your control but you have to think several moves ahead.
The graphics are quite simple but adequate and underscore the quiet simplicity of the game. There are a variety of trees to discover and sometimes birds appear as well. The way this game inserts advertisements is by asking you to watch a video in exchange for three plays. You start off with only five plays and they do not replenish on their own with time, like in all other games. While the end result may be the same, you being forced to watch a video in order to move ahead, this method makes it too apparent and it may seem a little too much to consciously watch a video every time you want to play this game. You can also purchase the game for Rs. 260 to have infinite plays but the price is steep for a game with just this much depth.
Topsoil was created by just one developer and just one other person is credited for all the sound. And despite the somewhat arduous process of getting more plays, the game deserves to be tried out at least one for the sheer novelty of the concept.
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.