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Funky Barn review

You can't pull the wool over our eyes, sonny: we're no country bumpkins

We should begin by saying that there's nothing particularly wrong with Funky Barn as a game. Honestly, there really isn't. Millions of people enjoy FarmVille and there's really no reason why those same people wouldn't enjoy this, too.

You get to use the GamePad to drag and drop your various animals, crops and bits of goofy 'egg robot' machinery wherever you fancy.

You get to stroke your animals to make them happy. It's the familiar method of play that we've seen over and again on the Wii and there's nothing particularly noteworthy that stands out.

So far, so average, but it's the non-gaming elements that ruin this game. Trine 2 has proven that great titles can be eShop-only and can be released at a great price. Funky Barn looks like a glorified 3DS game and plays like a run-of-the-mill farming sim. That would be fine if it were priced accordingly (that is, under a tenner). As things stand, it'll set you back three times what would be appropriate. It's utterly ridiculous.

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This game should never have been released as a physical product, but even the eShop download is massively overpriced. We are, admittedly, at an early stage of the eShop, but common sense has been doing the rounds for a good few millennia now.

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  1. KH81314 Saturday 23rd Feb 2013 at 09:19

    Seems like a lot of reviews are based of how much they cost like Angry Birds.

  2. lazy_by_choice Saturday 23rd Feb 2013 at 09:30

    Oh my god, this game is actually released as a physical product?! What a waste IMHO.

  3. Scraggy man Saturday 23rd Feb 2013 at 09:45

    It was crap like this that often gives Wii and now it would seem Wii U a bad name. As developers see them as money makers where any half baked garbage will sell on the system.

  4. zappy27 Saturday 23rd Feb 2013 at 14:27
  5. mushroomchow Saturday 23rd Feb 2013 at 14:51

    To be honest, the game itself looks okay. When it's relegated to 10 bargain bin fodder, I might pick this up for a laugh.

  6. Pete Kelly Saturday 23rd Feb 2013 at 17:53

    The review couldn't be more true. The game itself isn't bad at all. Seriously it isn't. As stated it I'd pretty much FarmVille. I was curious and bought it.. It's fairly fun and my kids enjoy it but the pricing is the issue. It doesn't provide anything worthy of $30. $10 would be fine but not $30. With that said it keeps my 6 and 10 year olds happy so..

  7. Zaphod_B Friday 1st Mar 2013 at 10:26

    This game looks awful but remember: without Funky Barn, there'd be no Funky Barn Miiverse Community!

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