Farming Simulator 20 is one of the best farming games around, giving you the chance to enter the exciting - and challenging - world of farming. Your job is to maintain and grow your farm by harvesting crops, tending to livestock, including pigs, cows, and sheep, and selling your products. This latest version of Farming Simulator also lets you ride your own horses to explore the vast lands around your North American farm.
How can I get Farming Simulator 20?
Farming Simulator 20 is the mobile version of the popular Farming Simulator 19 game. It is available on Android and requires Android 7.0 and above to operate. It’s also available for iOS. It is rated PEGI 3 for content, meaning it's considered suitable for all age groups.
FS 20 is not free - it is a premium game that costs $5.99 to download. There is no free trial version of the game, which may put some users off trying it.
How do you play Farming Simulator 20?
Your goal in Farming Simulator 20 is to increase your farm's cash reserves. This is achieved by completing all the farming activities necessary to keep the farm running. Tasks focus principally on planting and harvesting crops such as wheat, barley, oat, canola, sunflowers, soybean, corn, potatoes, sugar beet, and cotton.
Players must also tend to livestock, as well as selling products, such as milk and wool, in a dynamic market. Money earned can then be invested in additional agriculture machinery and farm expansion.
Virtual farmers need to learn how to keep all the crops, fields, and animals balanced while still maximizing profit. This can be a challenging process that requires patience and experience. As it moves through the seasons, the game accurately depicts the ups and downs of farming life. Users experience unforeseen disasters, all depicted at a slow and steady pace.
Realistic and beautiful graphics
The game offers a deep and powerful simulation experience, with beautifully rendered graphics. The locations - all of which are in North America - are atmospherically portrayed. In a fun upgrade, FS 20 offers, for the first time, the chance for players to ride a horse around the stunning landscapes of the USA.
Farming Simulator 20 also features more than 100 realistic machines and tools from some of the biggest agriculture machinery makers. Most of the equipment is branded by well-known manufacturers such as John Deere, one of the world's largest manufacturers of farming machinery. This adds a dash of realism to the game and will certainly appeal to those interested in the tools used in modern-day farming.
Virtual farmers also get to drive tractors and other vehicles including those made by famous farming brands such as Case IH, New Holland, Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Krone, Deutz-Fahr and many more. Players experience these vehicles from the driver's seat, although we did find the control scheme for tractors wonky and unreliable.
Best for new users or experienced players?
New users might find it difficult to get started with the game, due to the limited tutorials available. Because of this, Farming Simulator 20 feels more geared toward experienced players rather than complete novices. However, conversely, those who have played previous versions of Farming Simulator might find that version 20 feels somewhat simplified.
In contrast to previous versions, tasks in FS20 are completed by players largely on their own: you can hire some workers to take care of the fields, but only in limited numbers (unlike previously). The AI helper, which aided the selling process and sped up certain boring tasks, has also been removed. This makes the game more laborious and slow.
In addition, challenges and requests that were present in previous versions are missing here, while there are also no pedestrian cars or shop owners with which to interact outside of the farm. This gives a somewhat isolated feeling to gameplay, making you feel as if your farm is separated from the rest of the world.
If you're new to the Farming Simulator world and are looking for a version to play on your mobile devices, then Farming Simulator 20 offers decent experience to would-be farmers. Its slow and steady gameplay, punctuated with disasters and unexpected incidents, accurately depicts the unpredictable experience of real-life farming.
Should you download it?
Experienced players might find that versus Farming Simulator 19, Farming Simulator 20 is overly simplified. Nevertheless, they are likely to be charmed by the addition in this version of horses upon which to ride around the beautifully rendered farm environments.