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[Nintendo Switch] Farm Tycoon Review

[Nintendo Switch] Farm Tycoon Review
  • On May 27, 2022

Farm Tycoon from SONKA is a new farming simulator built from the ground up for console. Learn more about it in our Farm Tycoon review!


Farm Tycoon from SONKA is a new farming simulator built from the ground up for console. You’re tasked with saving the family farm after it was hit by a hurricane that destroyed everything. You’re all alone, but you don’t want to sell the farm to strangers. Your mother loved the farm, and even though you never wanted to become a farmer, you’re ready to dive in and do all of the hard work. The game can be played either in the Normal Mode, which offers the standard experience or in Casual Mode, which boosts all income by 15%, thus allowing you to upgrade at a faster pace.

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You’ll get started with a short tutorial chapter that will give you a chance to go over the basics. You’ll arrive at your new farm to try and bring it back to its former glory. Your first three goals will be to own a small warehouse, own a manure storage, and repair the farm owner’s small house since, you know, the roof has certainly seen better days. Once you take care of that, you’ll carry on into planting, cultivating, fertilizing, plowing a field, buying and planting some strawberry seedlings, and repairing the house for permanent employees – because you can’t take care of everything on your own as the farm continues to grow!


To control the game, you’ll move a cursor around the screen with the left analog stick to select structures and resources with the A button. Pressing in on the right analog stick will allow you to change the game’s speed, boosting speed up to three times. If you press in on the left analog stick, you will instantly pause everything. If you press the Y button, you’ll be able to get a quick look at the objectives you have to complete. Press the + button, and you’ll get an expanded look at what you need to do.

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Press the L button, and you’ll get access to the wheel menu. From there, you can select between the different options that include building repair, buildings, and decorations, market, roads, field, and more. You’ll need money to take care of everything, and that does not mean that once you buy something, there won’t be additional expenses to cover. For example, if you buy the small warehouse that is needed to complete one of the first objectives, you’ll have to spend 10,500 to build it, but you’ll also need to cover an extra 50 cost each month for maintenance costs.


Once you have some fields to take care of, you can select them with the cursor and press the A button to enter the filed management menu. From there, you’ll be able to review its size, the fertility of the soil, crop quality, and soil moisture. You can then select if you need to plow, cultivate, fertilize, sowing, water, spray, harvest, work on bales, or harvest bales. After selecting the action, the tools, and any resources needed to complete it, you’ll have to assign some employees to take care of things.

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Employees will have a set amount of energy for completing the activities you give to them each day. If they run out of energy, they’ll stop working and go back to the permanent employee house to rest. After they’ve recovered their energy, they’ll get back on it until they’re done. Each of your employees will also have some special abilities to consider. Some might have endurance, which allows them to work as hard as possible without any rest, making the most of their max energy. Others might be better at caring for animals. Another one could be great at working with machinery, thus minimizing the wear and tear for any machines used. You should also hire some new employees as soon as you’re in your first summer so that you can add more fields to tend to, new animals for your farm, and new activities to perform.


You can increase the abilities of your employees by spending some additional money on training them to improve their skill level. Money can also be spent for training over several days to, for example, increase machine durability, increase the quality and quantity of the harvest, reduce bills by improving farm financial management, increasing the strength of employees by way of labor law training, increase the production rate, or unlocking renewable energy sources, giving you access to the wind farm building.

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There’s a lot to do in Farm Tycoon on Nintendo Switch. The more time you spend with it, the newer objectives you’ll be able to work on as you not only restore but also expand the farm. As you hire more employees, diversify your farm, and buy more land to expand your enterprise, you’ll also have to balance the purchase and sale of resources, keep an eye on your animals so that you can call the doctor if they’re sick, and make sure that you keep an eye on your chickens, since they multiply in the blink of an eye, and you might as well sell the surplus to gain some extra money. Farm Tycoon is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 asking price.

This Farm Tycoon review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by SONKA.

Review Overview

A fun farming simulator tailored for Nintendo Switch