How I Cheated at FarmTown Today

Cheat??? Why??? Well, after posting my previous blog entry about FarmTown cheating I noticed a huge number of Google and other search engine hits by people looking for “how can I cheat at FarmTown”, etc. Apparently I’m not alone in the desire to overcome FarmTown boredom.

There is a huge amount of wonderful pages devoted to farmtown data, but not as much about advice about how to play efficiently. For those just looking for how much stuff costs, what level you get it at, etc, I recommend
Uncle Joe’s Farm Town Addicts Site

Today’s Progress

While working diligently away on my farm today and jumping from level 19 or 20 (I forget) to level 24 I:

  • Ate a wonderful father’s day breakfast with my family that was prepared by my wife
  • Filled up the car with gas
  • Packed the car
  • Went shopping
  • Played a game of pool
  • Read to my daughter

Motivation

Well, simply put I wanted to be level 27 so I could buy rivers. I didn’t get all the way there today, but I made a good leap forward. The problem with farmtown is that after the first 15 levels or so it gets very boring when it comes to the farming aspect itself. Not the building pretty pathways and stuff aspect, but the aspect of cultivating a huge set of crops just to try and get more experience points.

This, in my opinion, is a fault of FarmTown’s. They should, after a certain level, make it easier to clear and plant a field full of crops with one “select a rectangle” type motion. It’s cute when you first start to plant each square, but boy does it get boring by the time you get up there in levels. And because levels get harder and harder to achieve the level reward is less and less (aside from the financial increase, which is constant).

FarmTown isn’t the only game with this problem. It dates back to any large “build an empire” type games including empire (the old ascii text game for those that remember it) to warcraft and to the latest in the line: FarmTown. Maintaining a huge set of maintenance tasks gets dull and dry.

But… I really wanted to be level 27. I just didn’t want to spend the time.

Enter The Cheat

Ok, it’s not a “real” cheat. It’s well known, as I’ve discussed previously that you can turn FarmTown cash into FarmTown experience points. The cheapest way to do this is by adding hay bails to your farm. At the end cost of roughly 1 experience point per 10 FarmTown coins spent the hay bails are the best return.

But, it’s boring putting out a gazillion hay bails too, so why is that any better? It provides you increased speed at yet more boring work.

Or does it. I handled this by recording mouse clicks with a mouse event recorder and then playing them back. I’d buy a hay bail and then sell it. And then tell my computer to repeat the process over and over for me while I went and did something else.

Sure, occasionally it would mess up and start trying to place a bail on another, but in general it worked and I got a lot of house-hold chores done instead! Yay! I’m level 24 now!

So if you want the amount of coins you have divided by 10 in experience points, you might give this approach a shot. I don’t have software to recommend to you (see below for my linux notes) but I’m sure if you search for some for your OS of choice you’ll find something. I know stuff exists for windows, and I suspect for OSX as well.

Advice for FarmTown Developers

Don’t get mad at the people that want to cheat. Fix the issue within the game. I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends simply stop playing near level 28 or so because it’s just boring after that. You’ll loose customers unless you can fix the boring aspect of the higher levels. Add something else for them to do instead that captures their interest again.

Final Linux Geek Note

Turns out that all the linux event recording software is dated and doesn’t work. There is some playback software though. I wrote a quick script to wrap around xte from xautomation to record and then replay what I needed.

14 Comments

  1. How to win (sort of) at Facebook’s FarmTown Said,

    June 22, 2009 @ 6:14 am

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  2. Jennifer Said,

    July 2, 2009 @ 8:53 am

    I suggest that more be done with the animals. There are so many people out there that would like the option to raise cattle farms or turkeys, etc. You could milk cows or sell them at the market, and similar things with goats. Offer a horse riding camp for kids and do advertising research for better returns of money, etc.

    There is my suggestion, right now the animals sit there and do nothing but look pretty.

  3. James Said,

    July 9, 2009 @ 5:26 am

    Well, we were complaining about Farmtown becoming boring, so I tried to do the hay bail thing. The developers don’t want you to move up in levels, the hay bails that used to sell for 6 coins now only sell for 2 coins. Sorry farmtown, to me that’s cheating me and you just lost this level 26 farmer. FarmVille here I come…Maybe they will show some level of concern and listen to their players.

  4. Becky Said,

    July 15, 2009 @ 6:22 am

    Farmtown addict here (level 30). My advice: rather than buying and selling hay bales, try this: there is a glitch in the program when you are plowing that everyone most likely runs into. You start to plow and it doesn’t plow, but it charges you 20 coins and gives you one XP. DON’T MOVE. Just keep clicking your mouse and the same space will do it over and over and over again. So you’re ‘paying’ 20 coins for each XP, but its better than buying and selling hay bales I think.

  5. admin Said,

    August 10, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

    The interesting thing is after the passage of time since I posted this and the previous story, a bunch has changed with farmtown. You now can plow in larger squares, and plant more quickly. Is this because they’re actually listening to “the folks out there”? I hope so!

  6. Susan Said,

    September 11, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

    I started with farmtown in April maybe, and was so driven to
    get the rivers. I had lots of coins so I just bought and sold barns to get to the next level. I have enjoyed playing this game but now that I am at level 28 I not longer am interested. I changed my farm to have a few crops and rows of trees. I sold my farmhouse and bought the cabin. But there is nothing I want to buy in the market so what is the motivation? Oh well, it was fun for awhile.

  7. Joy Said,

    October 2, 2009 @ 8:25 am

    Susan said, “Oh well, it was fun for awhile.” – that’s the point. :) It’s a game – have fun with it. If you’re bored, move to something else. :) Cheers!

  8. jason Said,

    October 6, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

    can you send me the xautomation scripts for the playback of farmville? thanks

  9. anonymous Said,

    October 13, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

    pshh i got bored at Farm Town after level 8!! these programmers better get thier ducks in a line for crying out loud.

  10. Top Farm Town Cheats Said,

    February 12, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    Nice post, thanks

  11. neo Said,

    June 3, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    cheating is fun

  12. neo Said,

    June 3, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

    i am cheater

  13. Michael Said,

    July 29, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

    Is there a way to gain Farm Town cash at a quicker rate? There are so many facilities that I’d like to have but am unwilling to pay real cash for them. Is there a way around this?

  14. Robert Said,

    March 30, 2011 @ 12:52 am

    is there going be more leavles i am at 185 and why dos it take so much coings to get a biger farm