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Fae Farm Review

Fae Farm

Release: September 8, 2023
Publisher: Phoenix Labs
Developer: Phoenix Labs
Genre: Reviews, Switch Reviews


Great About Rating
8 - Gameplay
7 - Video
8 - Audio

Fae Farm, released in September 2023, invites players to the whimsical island of Azoria, where magic is both blessing and burden. As a newcomer inheriting a dilapidated farm, you must cultivate the land, appease mischievous sprites, and restore balance to the island. This Nintendo Switch title blends familiar farming sim mechanics with light RPG elements, offering a charming escape for those seeking a relaxed and visually delightful experience.

Blooming Landscapes and Whimsical Charm:

Fae Farm’s greatest strength lies in its presentation. The hand-painted visuals are a feast for the eyes, with vibrant colors, adorable character designs, and detailed environments that bring the world of Azoria to life. The soundtrack complements the atmosphere perfectly, with lighthearted melodies that evoke a sense of tranquility and wonder. Exploring the diverse biomes, from sun-drenched meadows to mysterious forests, is a genuine pleasure.

Streamlined Farming:

The core farming gameplay follows a familiar loop of planting, watering, harvesting, and selling crops. However, Fae Farm introduces several welcome simplifications. Gone are tedious quality levels and animal sickness, replaced by a more relaxed and accessible approach. Contextual tool use, auto-watering, and generous storage options streamline the experience, allowing you to focus on enjoying the rhythm of farm life rather than getting bogged down in minutiae.


Dungeons and Sprites:

Beyond the farm, Azoria holds secrets hidden within its vibrant landscapes. Environmental hazards like whirlpools and miasma block your progress, requiring you to delve into procedurally generated dungeons to appease the mischievous sprites responsible. These dungeons offer light combat, resource gathering, and puzzle-solving, adding a welcome layer of variety to the gameplay loop.

Social Life and Romance:

Fae Farm features a cast of quirky and colorful townsfolk to befriend, each with their own unique personalities and stories. While the social interactions are charming, they can feel somewhat repetitive, with many NPCs offering generic comments. The romance options, although limited, provide a sweet and lighthearted layer to your journey.


A Few Thorns Among the Roses:

While Fae Farm excels in its charm and accessibility, it’s not without its shortcomings. The story, presented in a storybook style, feels somewhat thin and predictable. The characters, while endearing, lack depth and often repeat the same dialogue. The dungeons, while initially engaging, can become repetitive due to their procedural generation. Additionally, the online co-op, while a welcome addition, currently feels clunky and underdeveloped.


Fae Farm is a delightful and visually captivating escape, perfect for players seeking a relaxed and charming farming experience. The streamlined gameplay, adorable world, and light RPG elements offer a fun and engaging experience. However, the repetitive social interactions, thin story, and underdeveloped online co-op prevent it from reaching its full potential. If you’re looking for a deep and complex farming sim, this might not be your cup of tea. But if you yearn for a charming world to get lost in with a sprinkle of RPG adventure, Fae Farm is sure to bloom in your Switch library.

Daniel also reviewed this title and had a little better opinion of the game overall than I did, to compare check it out here.



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blank Kevin Austin has been in gaming journalism in one way or another since the launch of the Nintendo Gamecube. Married and father of 3 children he has been gaming since the ripe age of 6 when he got his first NES system and over 30 years later he is still gaming almost daily. Kevin is also co-founder of the Play Some Video Games (PSVG) Podcast network which was founded over five years ago and is still going strong. Some of his favorite gaming series includes Fallout and Far Cry, he is a sucker for single player adventure games (hence his big reviews for Playstation), and can frequently be found getting down in one battle royale or another. If it's an oddball game, odds are he's all about it.

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