Duckbug: "A Wonderful Game for Children and Adults Alike"★★★★★
Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:35:28 (2 years ago)
As a long-time user, I can confidently say that PokéFarm Q is quite literally the single most enjoyable website that I have ever gotten to be a part of. This is where my love for Pokémon was able to thrive, this is where I met a few pals, this is where I learned to code, so this is important to me and I'm glad to have stuck around.
The game works incredibly well usually, with only a slight hiccup now and then. In fact, the only time I have really noticed any kind of lag since the server upgrade was during the last few days of the Twelve Days of Christmas event. However, as I've seen Niet mention, that's an issue that can potentially be remedied at least somewhat. This brings me to my next point.
There is constantly development going on, and I mean that in a good way. For the time being there's always something to look forward to. This is a pro for both the website itself and for the community, since users get new features to enjoy which results in them sticking around when they otherwise might not have. I have another teensy note on this, but I'll get back to that shortly.
While I don't role play at all, I do use the forums to work on coding projects from time to time. The BBCode available to users is, as far as I'm aware, far more extensive than on most other forums, while still being restricted and simplified enough that it's safe and easy to use. Coders rejoice!
The staff do an amazing job of what seems to be essentially cleaning up other people's messes, something that I quite frankly feel that they don't get enough credit for. However, through the site chat and live streams, users are still able to see that the staff is comprised of normal people just like them. This helps to reduce any feelings of nervousness or intimidation between the general user base and members of staff. On top of all that, PokéFarm Q has a talented graphics team making sprites and other high-quality digital found throughout the site.
The only actual complaints that I have are essentially superficial. The first that comes to mind is related to the site's design. While PokéFarm Q provides users with the ability to create custom skins to alter their personal look of the website — a feature that is much appreciated, might I add — the default skin is not very easy on the eyes. While I find green to be oddly fitting, the default skin coloration is incredibly bright to the point that I find it genuinely hard to look at for more than a few minutes. On top of that, the recent design tweaks added box-shadows to some elements of the site. However, these are fairly basic, and end up looking more like a "box-glow" than a box-shadow, which somehow looks out of place in my mind. Ah, and all the rounded boxes are kind of funky, though I think that that's entirely my own opinion and of course not something crucial to one's experience with the game.
The other is quite understandable, but a hope of mine nonetheless. I have spoken to Niet himself about this and while my proposal was rejected with valid reason, I still find myself wishing that there were a way for regular users to try new features before their official release, something that is currently restricted to members of staff. While this undoubtedly would have to have some restriction to who may participate if it were to be implemented, from a development standpoint it seems logical to assume that the more input that the programmer has on a project, the better it can become even before it goes public.
But I've saved the most crucial part of this website for last. PokéFarm Q has one of the best online communities that I have ever seen, and I'm not using those words lightly. I had left for about 16 months before returning on 01 March 2016, and I was honestly a bit worried that I would have missed so much that I basically wouldn't know what to do. I had missed a lot, yes, but everybody was so helpful upon my return. Nobody seemed to be frustrated by all of my questions or made remarks about my "noobishness," they simply respectfully answered my questions to help me back on track. Since then, even, the community has grown significantly and hasn't lost its charm in the slightest. In fact, it keeps getting better as more and more people are brought together. And while it almost feels as though it's interrupting the rest of this review, it's definitely worth noting that because this community is generally so welcoming and helpful, I find it to be, much like the official Pokémon franchise, a community that is safe for children to be involved in while also allowing for adults to not feel as if they don't belong.
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Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:33:29 (2 years ago)
I like the game its fun but one thing, I've been waiting for a while for the ability to interact with your pokémon and (like) play games with them. Also to just play games for credits every so often, not infinite times (cool down) cause that would be op. Thanks for adding a review system I've wanted to tell you my feed back. Thanks :)
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JeWeLs: "goood or bad?"★★★★☆
Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:32:05 (2 years ago)
for the most of pfq I enjoy the play, I can't afford to buy all the extras, which kinda sux for me, I also was on the first pf, lost all my awesome pokemons. sad about that, there was a cute game on the first one, visiting the other worlds, was fun. find the odd bug but corrects itself, would like more scours, I don't understand the hypermode at all, just that it costs a lot. Otherwise I do enjoy playing pfq.
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vulcant: "Mixed Bag"★★☆☆☆
Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:26:45 (2 years ago)
You dub this a child-friendly site, yet seem to forget that children lie about their age daily to watch restricted videos on YouTube, and have forums filled with pornographic material of childhood characters (pokemon). Although I know you can't exactly stop lying twerps, I believe threads such as those should not be accessible on this site so easily.
Whilst I disapprove of some of the methods used to run this site, it is an interesting, almost hive-mind community to behold.
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Niet replied: 07/Jan/2017 21:52:16 (2 years ago)
We're sorry you feel that users lying about their age means our site deserves a lower rating. We do take efforts to ensure that people who lie about their age are caught, and when we do catch them we take good care to explain why lying about their age is a problem - not just for our "mature hangout" area (which, for the record, has allowed some users to find help dealing with serious issues such as depression and sexuality) but also for any content we may implement in future that could be considered age-sensitive. It's also worth noting that we collect date-of-birth information in order to comply with child protection laws, which we can't do if people lie. While you may not see it, since any incidents that do happen are handled in private, we do take good care to protect the children who visit our website, and I hope you understand our stance on this.
Pølnareff: "PFQ is improving, bit by bit! Recommend all friends and family to play this online game!"★★★★☆
Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:24:26 (2 years ago)
PokeFarm Q has been my favorite game ever since I first came there. The staff communicates with its fellow players, and that's something that staff on every virtual pet site should do! (Not that I'm saying that PokeFarm Q is a virtual pet site, but it may be depicted as one to some people...which is blindly wrong, as PFQ isn't a virtual pet site, it's more of a fan site that caters to Pokemon fans, young and old, with a ton of Pokemon to collect.)
It's awesome that two people are manning this site like pros - yes, I'm pointing at Niet and Garthic, they are a powerhouse team when they're together and making this site grow and release new features for us to enjoy! Plus I'm glad there's moderators (both chat and forums) to enforce rules when someone's breaking them!
My favorite feature has to be the Scour Missions. I can find tons of things that I can sell or use on my Pokemon!
There's one thing that worries me. Like, if the server is having hiccups, it always has errors popping up every which way. I know that I might be overreacting, and I understand. But I hope there's a way to reduce them so they don't hinder interactions on Pokemon in other people's parties. And it is a common issue that may be unable to be fixed. Some that appear are a Deadlock error, 200 OK and Internal Server Error (404). Those either persist, or they appear for only once or twice and never appear again.
However, I do recommend reporting the errors (and other various bugs) to the Bugs forum so Niet can figure out the issue and try to fix it.
The News part of PFQ updates constantly with new features and updates to features that are already present! It's very handy to check out the latest stuff!
Oh, and PFQ staff, if you are reading this, I want to thank you all for what you guys have done to keep this site looking better than ever. I know that one thing about the errors was a bit nitpicky, and I am sorry for that. But I thank you for all that you guys have done, I am proud of you all for making this site.
Thank you for everything, and thanks for reading this review!
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TurboTowns: "Interesting and Unique."★★★★★
Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:21:23 (2 years ago)
A great site if you want to be more of a Pokemon Breeder rather than a Pokemon Trainer, with original "Fake"Mon and Mega Evolutions procedurally released.
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lucky4432: "Pokefarm, a Site for All Ages"★★★★★
Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:11:18 (2 years ago)
So, I actually played the original Pokefarm quite a while ago and due to shifting interests my attention flew elsewhere and I left the game. However, recently with nothing better to do I came back to Pokefarm to feel around again, mainly for nostalgia purposes. I have to say I've gotten hooked again, not only with the simplicity of the game but also with the potential player interaction. I have always been a Pokemon fan so coming back to this game gave me so much nostalgia and happiness. Compared to other interactions with people I had on the internet, I found this place to be much more well maintained with much more respectable people. (I had actually referenced how this place taught me much of my internet etiquette in a paper I wrote previously to a class, leading a great deal of nostalgia for me.)
If there were any complaints I would have it would still be towards the server perhaps, there are still some laggy issues I've been having but I know it's a work in progress. Furthermore, I'd like to see the PF1 transfer back, but again, I know that's planned for the future. Any true unhappiness I would have with the game would probably come down to RNG, my own luck, so--I would say overall that this game is utterly wonderful, so addictive and that it's a joy to be back.
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IceMistress: "Very Addictive!"★★★★★
Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:07:41 (2 years ago)
Ive loved playing this game for a very long time, and its so addictive! There are so many different things you can do and take part in from Berry Garden to PokeWalker to Mass Click Weekends to the Forums! Theres always regular updates and such a lovely positive community. Well done PFQ x
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Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:07:35 (2 years ago)
Love playing on here and meeting new people.
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Cele: "Great game!"★★★★☆
Posted: 07/Jan/2017 21:07:32 (2 years ago)
- Clicking people's Pokemon is pretty relaxing.
- It's nice to be able to play a Pokémon game (even non-canon) of quality such as this even when I don't have my 3DS on me.
- PokéFarm Q is the best fanmade Pokémon game out there, even in its unfinished state.
- The staff is super friendly and they respond quickly to issues.
- The balancing is done well, and the only things I could think of to improve it are minor.
- Has room for growth in not only the number of users, but also the content of the site and the various minigames present within.
- Super hard to get Credits without trading for them.
- Premium Boxes don't feel like they're worth it. They just kind of happen and you pray for something good but generally get stuff that's "meh."
- Melanistic and albino sprites are generally quite unappealing, visually. The color choices could use improvement.
- The Market is the cancer of this game. People obscenely overvalue their items on the MB.
- Still deadlocks and/or lags sometimes. The site could definitely run more smoothly. (Understandably the site is a work in progress.)
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