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Game Addictions - My Addiction to Hay Day

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Hay Day Cow

This Hay Day cow photo can be found everywhere!

This Hay Day cow photo can be found everywhere!

SuperCell - Hay Day

  • SuperCell is a video game company from Finland. The company makes online games and started making them for mobile devices (like the iPad) in 2011. Forbes says it is the fastest growing company ever...I think Hay Day has something to do with that. Of course it can also be downloaded to iPhones and iPod touch.
  • Facebook claims Hay Day is "the simple life in the palm of your hand".
  • There are Hay Day "Cheat Forums" available all over the Internet.

The Beginning of the End

It began so simply. I'm sure you've heard that saying many times but its true. My four year old grandson frequently puts games on my iPad. One day he said, "Grandma can I put Hay Day on your iPad? Its free." How can you refuse your grandson, especially when its free! So, I replied, "Yes, of course."

When he first put the game on my iPad, I watched him play. What a cute little game. Its a farm. Actually, it's your farm and it is your responsibility to grow the crops, collect them when they're ready, take care of the animals by feeding them and collecting their eggs, milk, wool, etc. when it is ready and helping to grow your farm by purchasing more land or animals, etc. Easy enough. Ah, but there's the catch. There is more to it than that.

You have a farm stand too where you can sell your wares and earn money. Money to buy more for your animals and your farm. You can buy cake ovens and smelters, you can buy dogs and cats that get you extra points when you feed them. I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, but it seems I always do when it comes to Hay Day. Just when you think you're satisfied, there's one more crop to pick or one more animal to feed and if that's not enough those animals provide you with eggs, and milk, and wool and all the things you need to build your farm!

Every action you complete on Hay Day gives you stars. As you collect stars your score rises and when it hits the right amount you move to the next level.

Hay Day Farm

To the left you can see the window that lets you buy more things for your farm.

To the left you can see the window that lets you buy more things for your farm.

Great way to play your Hay Day

How I Started

I started with a small farm. The one my grandson left me with which was probably a Level Two farmer already. I had chickens and cows and wheat and corn. As I grew more and sold some at my farm stand I was able to buy some sheep. Once I had the sheep I could use their wool to make a sweater. When I bought more land to plant I could plant lavender which let me make blue sweaters and hats. That was of course after I bought the loom.

At each level a farmer can buy more things; from animals to ovens. Right now I'm up to a Level 26 and I'm waiting for my diamond mine to open up. It took me awhile to save the money to buy the ability to open it, but I finally made it this morning.

Of course just like anywhere else you need money to buy things. You sell your stuff through your roadside stand, a delivery truck, and little men and women that appear on your farm wanting to buy certain things. Sometimes you have to say no to your visitors though because they want things you're not ready to sell.

Then there's the diamonds! After completing certain achievements or by finding them in mysteriously appearing lock boxes, you can collect diamonds to buy things quicker.

The first time I planted a crop and watched it grow I have to admit, I was hooked. You tap an empty field and your available crops appear in a small window. You pick the one you want to plant and drag it over your field(s) to plant. What's cool is for every plant you plant, you harvest two. That's how things begin to grow.

Different ways to play with the farm!

Roadside Stand and Newspaper

The roadside stand is well known to any small farmer. In Hay Day you start out with eight selling slots. Each slot can be filled with items to sell. For example, you can sell one piece of wheat or you can sell 10 or more. Each time you sell something, you get the money. As your money increases you can get enough to move to the next level.

You can add to those eight selling slots by buying another with diamonds or by adding new friends from Facebook. I haven't gotten into that as I don't know if I want to expose my friends to Hay Day, they surely have other things to do.

You can also buy things from the roadside stands of others. Things you need to make something on your farm or things you need to help you move to the next level. For example, if you don't have enough feed for your cows, you can buy some at someone else's roadside stand. You can find the items of others in the local newspaper, the "Daily Dirt". Advertisements are placed in the newspaper and if you have enough money you can buy something you need.

Advertisements can be free or paid for. Every four minutes you have the ability to post a free ad or if you're in a hurry you can use diamonds to pay for your ad. Just like real life, the more people who see your ads the quicker you'll sell things. I guess you could say in Hay Day the newspaper is the marketplace. You set the price of your item in the newspaper ad. Most people, of course, choose the highest price to get the most for their products.

Intro to Hay Day

Your dog can play Hay Day too!

Increasing in Hay Day

If your barn fills up or your silo is maxed out you can increase the size of either. However, you need to collect the items necessary for your expansion. Seriously, this is a game that makes you think.

If you want to increase the storage in your barn for example, you need enough bolts, boards and masking tape. Don't ask me why you need masking tape but you do. As your levels increase you need more of each item to build. The silo needs nails, screws, and boards. I have to say the building materials are the hardest to find. Oh you'll get some as you pick your crops or make your products but it seems the bolts and nails are the hardest to get. When you search the newspaper it seems every time you find one its already been sold. Don't despair, it can be done.

When you reach a new level you'll be able to buy a field or a cow pasture or stable, etc., depending of course, on whether or not you have enough money. Once you buy one of them you can then buy one animal at a time to fill it up.

Certain levels allow you to buy more fields to grow more crops. You do have to be careful when growing crops that you keep enough to allow you to plant more. You can buy fruit trees and bushes and lots of things to decorate your farm.

Are you confused? Bored? Not interested? Understandable. However, if I've peaked your interest at all you might want to try playing Hay Day but be forewarned it is addictive! I know I'm not the only person who's gotten addicted. I personally know several people who play Hay Day everyday and for more hours than they probably should.

Are you willing to give it a try?

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Comments

Mary Craig (author) from New York on February 17, 2015:

So right peachpurple.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 17, 2015:

Hay day is almost same as farm tv, very addictive

Mary Craig (author) from New York on September 18, 2014:

Sunshine (Linda), I know what you mean. I haven't played Hay Day in two months now, I think I might be cured. My iPad is so full every time my grandson wants to download a new game he has to delete one of the old ones.

Teaches you're better off with a one player game, no one to lure you in :)

Paula it is amazing how these dumb games can draw you in and keep you there!

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 17, 2014:

Early in my Facebook days I got totally addicted to a game involving knights. I don't even remember the name. I learned that I just don't have time to play games on Facebook. I refuse them to even be in my stream. :)

Dianna Mendez on September 16, 2014:

I'd better not start on this one, looks like I would be hooked for life! I am already a daily one-play gamer on Solitaire.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 16, 2014:

I was addicted to Farmville, I quit cold turkey 4 years ago and I haven't played a game since. I was REALLY addicted. So no Hay Day for me. I agree though, you can't refuse your grandchild's request especially when it's free. My Kindle is filled with kids games and Barney shows :)

Mary Craig (author) from New York on April 15, 2014:

Vellur beware, it can be addictive ;) but it is fun and mindless relaxation.

True Tolovaj, so many games over time. I remember playing King's Quest when computers first came out. Good allegory!

Tolovaj on April 09, 2014:

Oh, I remember how addictive can be games ... It was totally wasted time, but I miss it a lot. Well, I guess, writing online is also a sort of the game, right? You have your farm, your products, your customers, ... And it can also be addictive:)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 01, 2014:

Hay Day sounds like fun, I will give it a try right away!!

Mary Craig (author) from New York on February 26, 2014:

JohnFerris I won't even look at Clash of Clans for the fear of it ;) I check my Hay Day several times a day and if for some reason I can't I make up for it the next day for sure!

John Ferris from Montana on February 18, 2014:

I am with you tillsontitan! My daughter and I both are addicted to heyday. My wife gets really annoyed with it because we both stare longingly at our iPads. My daughter and I are also addicted to another supercell game "clash of clans". I have to physically force myself to not play them!

Mary Craig (author) from New York on February 05, 2014:

I never played Farmville but they tell me Hay Day is just like it. I guess we all have a bit of the addictive personality Crafty and the marketers of these games are smart enough to hit us where we get hooked! My grandson has to be limited too or he'd sit there all day!

CraftytotheCore on February 03, 2014:

This reminds me so much of Farmville. I had to stop playing internet games. One day my husband looked at me when I asked him to set the alarm clock for 2 a.m. He asked what on earth for? I said because I have to pick my strawberry crops or they will wilt. LOL No more of that for me. But my son started playing Pet Pet Park. I have to limit his time on that or he gets totally wrapped up in it.

Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 23, 2014:

Yes Audrey but that's the problem, time ;)

Audrey Howitt from California on January 22, 2014:

Sounds like you are having a great time with it!!

Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 22, 2014:

Unfortunately, aviannovice, I don't have time to play it either, but it is addicting and I never thought about it but you're right, it is educational too.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 21, 2014:

I don't have time to play it, but it does should like an educational game. After all, farming is hard work, but it doesn't pay much. It does look adorable, too, so that helps attract potential players.

Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 12, 2014:

Brett, I'm hoping it'll wear off for me too. I was amazed at how many free games there are out there. Thanks for the votes and share.

Rebecca, see, Candy Crush has lured you in ;)

Peg I know what you mean. Reading, writing, HP, TV and now Hay Day and somewhere in between housework...not enough hours in the day!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 12, 2014:

Hi Mary. The game really sounds intriguing. I have my share of addictions already - way too much TV and too many hours of Spider Solitaire on my Kindle. That Hay Day cow looks kinda cute, though.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 12, 2014:

It sounds like a fun game, I don't play games much. I kind of like Candy Crush though.

Brett C from Asia on January 12, 2014:

Lol ... my lass is also addicted to this game. I tried this style once, but thankfully lost interest after a few weeks. However, I do understand the game addiction, there are so many great games that are completely free now!

Shared and voted across.

Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 11, 2014:

Yup Sheila, there's that addiction! Seems no matter which game sucks you in, you're addicted. Zoo Tycoon sounds interesting.

Macteacher you are wise to stay away from Hay Day. I've heard about Words with Friends and fear it ;) Thanks for the vote.

It is good if you can give them up easily DDE.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 11, 2014:

Hay Day sounds fun I enjoy playing such games but give it up fast.

Wendy Golden from New York on January 10, 2014:

I got sucked into the world of Farm Town on Facebook for awhile. Now I'm trapped playing Words With Friends on my smartphone. These games are fun, but insidious. They take over your life if you let them. Thank you for a great hub. I loved reading the description of the game. It sounds tempting, but I'd better pass. I won't get anything done if I take on one more game! :-) Voted up!

sheilamyers on January 10, 2014:

Hay Day sounds like a fun game, but I probably won't play it any time soon. My favorite game for building, buying animals, etc is Zoo Tycoon. When I finally get everything done and am ready to start over, I knock down one of the walls of the lion cage and watch them chase the people all over the zoo.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 10, 2014:

Sure no probs later i will try it

Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 10, 2014:

Oh no! Another one bites the dust Lady Fiddler. Let me know how it goes ;)

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 10, 2014:

LOL @ Frank your a hot mess :)

Tillsontitan i am in the google play store downloading Hay day (Hand covers face) lol

Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 10, 2014:

Bill there's nothing like a fun farm! That's where all this stuff starts, with our children and grandchildren!

Ah Maria, this semi-mindless Hay Day actually appeared at a time I needed an escape. I have a version of Candy Crush on my iPad too, courtesy of the same grandson. Put the iPad down, step away and run ;)

I know Words with Friends is very popular...I guess sometimes we just need that irresponsible game playing to let our hair down. Hugs and blessings Faith.

Thank you Frank for reading. I can't see you playing games, your short stories depict a deeper being ;) Your stopping by and commenting is so appreciated though my friend.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 09, 2014:

Til although you piqued my interest I don't think I can play hay day.. seems like work..LOL but I get the game.. and I can understand why it can be addictive, so I better not play...:) thank you for sharing nonetheless...:)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 09, 2014:

LOL, I love your confession of your addiction, and I can see how one can get addicted to such a delightful game. I really do not play games, but have been asked to many times on Facebook, but I just do not have the time to do such, but the minute I have a free moment to check it out, I will do so, being it sounds like a lot of fun! One of my sisters tries to get me to play Words with Friends.

Hugs,

Faith Reaper

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 09, 2014:

Oh for ever more, Miss Mary...you are adorable.

I am getting used to seeing my hubby's glazed eyes from overdosing on 'candy crush' so now I will be on the lookout for 'hay day' mayhem. So far, I have resisted all urges...

but diamond mines...?! No no, I am stepping away from the IPad...

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 09, 2014:

Interesting Mary. I'll have to see if my four year old grandson plays this games. Sounds like fun.

Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 09, 2014:

It snuck up on us Bill ;) I'm afraid to go near Words!!

Eric, I too have an addictive personality, that's how I wound up here :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 09, 2014:

There are some things I avoid because of my addictive personality. This will be on my list.

But it was fun reading it and I can see your fun!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 09, 2014:

Facebook as Farmville and I was hooked on it for about a year. I finally had to quit cold turkey. Now it is Words that has my full attention. When did life become so complicated, Mary? LOL

Have fun with your game.

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