Some popular farming games are Farmville, Farming Simulator and Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town. These games dominate their respective gaming platforms and have equally successful releases since their initial launches.
Farmville is one of the most successful farming games launched by Zynga. Launched on Facebook, the game runs on four platforms, including Android, iOS, HTML5 and Adobe Flash. The free virtual farming simulation became a hit due to its simple farming mechanics. It reached 10 million active users per day within six weeks and became the most popular game on Facebook from 2009 to 2011. It is succeeded by Farmville 2 and Farmville 2: Country Escape, both of which failed to capture the same frenzy from the public.
Farming Simulator is a farming game for people who enjoy real-world farming. Compared with the 2D graphics of many farming games, this game showcases realistic visuals that appeal to actual farming fans. Based on the American and European farming method and location, Farming Simulator allows players to grow crops, raise livestock and sell assets to the market. This PC-based farming game is so popular that it inspired the development of a tractor controller.
Released for Nintendo and later for other gaming platforms, Harvest Moon is a farming game that started in Japan. The game starts in a rundown farm. The player's goal is to turn it into a successful farm over a period of time. The game is popular both in its country of origin and in Western countries.