Hire workers, plant crops and harvest wood to earn money.
Create products out of harvested crops to earn even more revenues from your produce.
Manage a world of workers, crops and natural resources.
Orchard is a very challenging time-management game that puts you in control of a young heiress that has to prove her worth to her inheritance. This young girl has been given a large patch of land by a relative as an heiress, and now it’s up to her to transform that large patch of land into a very productive farmland.
Uncle’s there to help you out, but soon, you, as the player, will have to take on the task on yourself using the skills you’ve been taught by the original owner of the land.
One of your very first tasks is to till the land and make it suitable for agricultural production. The farm already has a general store set by the side of the road. This is where people drive by, stop, purchase your produce and move on. What you need to do is set up a continuous production of the needed produce in order to keep customers and the profits coming in.
Profits and revenues in this game are dictated by your ability to satisfy your customers both with your price and the quality of your service. When you go to the Store, you’ll see statistics there like supply of a certain fruit or product, YOUR PRICE, and the market price. You can always set the prices to be similar to the market price, but this can also have effects on your customers. Some may find it too expensive, and will want to look for a cheaper price so they can buy more.
What you can do is tweak the price so that they become cheaper. However, cheaper prices don’t always translate to customer satisfaction. It now hinges on your supply. Because the price is cheap, customers will want to buy more. If you don’t have enough supplies, however, they end up getting disappointed and leave.
While some time management players will find this kind of control a bit too in-depth, it makes playing Orchard a very well-rounded virtual world experience. The layering of the challenges and the functionalities to meet the goals should introduce a brand-new experience for seasoned players.
Another feature that sets this time management game apart is the progression of the levels. Instead of having one level represent one day of the farm, one level or location in the map could span as much as three days, or even more. There’s plenty of time for the player to try and achieve the goals, which is good given the depth of the game’s realism and its difficulty levels.
Aside from planting crops like strawberries, blueberries and grapes, you can also make products like Grape Juice and Blueberry Jelly that can sell for a higher price per unit than the raw materials themselves. However, you need to have established a production that is stable and can provide raw materials very quick so that the supply is maintained and the customers continually satisfied.
In addition to in-game cash, another reason that you’ll be producing is Wood. This requires you to send somebody to chop wood and bring them back to the Sawmill. Of course, you have your workers to assist you. To recruit a worker, you’ll have to build a house for them, one for each worker. Each worker has his or her own specialty, although they can be employed on just about any task in your farm. More than one worker can be assigned to a specific task, like harvesting or chopping wood.
Give Orchard a try by downloading a free 60-minute demo from Big Fish. Don’t forget to purchase the game if you like it after the trial period is over.