Jaceblep: "Cool game!"★★★★☆
Posted: 24/Jul/2021 07:20:30 (4 days ago)
Really cool game, I remember reading something somewhere here, I think in one of Niet's journal things, about people reacting negatively towards possibly being able to respond to trades with just money/items and no Pokémon (along with other things I can't remember, as I have bad memory), and I have to say I think that's a good idea and don't understand why they reacted negatively, but I understand if that's not a possibility anymore.
You guys are doing a good job! Nothing's perfect, but this game is pretty dang cool, and the people here are nice too!
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goovat: "All experiences are subjective."★★★★☆
Posted: 02/Jul/2021 10:55:10 (26 days ago)
As a courtesy to the reader I wish to emphasise that Pokefarm is certainly a game I enjoy and consider to be a very loving timesink of mine; to the point where I have cashed in for Hypermode, I have considered this game valuable enough to my entertainment to have spent real money on it. I appreciate it for what it is—an indie petsite derivative of its source material in a very fun manner with its own unique mechanics and ideas. It is a game I would recommend to a friend who enjoys Pokemon and petsite formats, however I strongly believe that to ignore what negatively impacts the experience would be a great disservice to both the subject of my recommendation and the game itself.
To play a petsite with extensive mechanics and features regarding the obtaining of the desired virtual animal is to take upon yourself a certain level of grinding, whether for currency or to reach the specified requirements needed to unlock a reward. Depending on what a player is looking for, coming into this game and seeing the Everest that is the PokeDex and Arceus rank will either make or break them. At its core this game does have an end goal, to reach the top rank by filling out their PokeDex which is constantly expanding due to frequent updates in adding new Pokemon or forms. Along the way, completing PokeDex entries will unlock other rewards such as gaining the ability to obtain Legendary Pokemon, which in of itself unlocks more PokeDex entries. You have to find out what part of this you enjoy, what your niche inevitably is. Some people will strive for rare variants of Pokemon to sell through this long process, it spurs a sense of satisfaction. There are periods of stagnation. This game is not an MMORPG experience, do not go in looking for that experience.
As with all things, there are negatives. I do not need to be a particularly experienced programmer to understand that what I frequently come across on here are counterintuitive design implementations. There are numerous issues that range from "Inconvenient yet workable" to "This is not excusable for a game that has been up for this long". At the time of review this game is maybe 8 years old. There are issues with features on here that make me wonder just what exactly the code must look like. There are optimisation issues that need addressing whether or not you can have another coder on the staff team. I am willing to cash out on the opinion that there are likely people on here who would volunteer—not even ask for money—to help streamline what I'm beginning to visualise as spaghetti code. Please understand that if there is a plug-in by a random user that many people, myself included, consider essential for making this game playable, there is a problem. This site does not even consider blocking to be a core feature. Even with the argument that it impacts the inherent gameplay of clicking, I strongly disagree! People will skip over the blockable user and deprive them of their clicks regardless, this forbidden fruit of a generally essential and widely-used feature is happening whether or not it is officially coded. The site banner claims this game is still in Beta. For 8 years? This is... not a good thing. This is worrying, and evidence that something is not being done as it should be.
I apologise if I sound overly pedantic, but this is a frustrating and poorly-addressed issue, it calls into question what the future of your games looks like. I have to emphasise that, as people are already optimising the website for free as plug-ins, there are definitely people who would happily look over the inner workings of this site as volunteers. I genuinely, genuinely believe in the possibility that this site can be optimised, and I am not someone to lightly take on the agony of having expectations.
Overall, it is a game that is fun. It is a Pokemon petsite and it works, I enjoy it. It has a dedicated community of regulars who have dug their heels in for the long haul and these are the people who want to help this site grow. This site is lovely and people are willing to help each other and I am happy to spend my time and money here, because ultimately, I get great satisfaction out of seeing the funny currency numbers go up and helping other people, especially the new players who would like to spend time on here. I hope this site is around for a long time.
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Niet replied: 03/Jul/2021 13:11:47 (25 days ago)
Thank you for your insightful and eloquent review. I would just like to mention that yes, the code is indeed that bad. It is so bad that I would not be willing to subject others to it, especially not for free. This is one of the main motivations behind the "PFNew" project and that part is going well. The new codebase is in fact a pleasure to work with, not something I dread doing every time something breaks.
On a personal level, I've been dealing with some serious motivational issues. I am very grateful to the community for their patience while I work through this. I understand how frustrating it can be when "the devs" (or in this case, the single dev) aren't living up to expectations, so I consider myself very fortunate to have such a generally understanding community backing me.
With regard to the QoL plugin, its features are things that are useful, but not necessarily intended. For example, fields were "intended" to have Pokémon laid out so they're visible. In original concepts they even had collision boxes! But this was scrapped, and players discovered that the META was to stack and sort them, but not everyone does that, so QoL offers the option to do it - even though it wasn't, and still isn't, "intended". But that's okay, that's exactly what "plug-ins" *should* be able to do: provide an alternative, some would say "better" but that's subjective, way to play. I actually have plans for PFNew to have some kind of "plug-in workshop" where you can develop and share your own. Rather than having to copy snippets of Custom CSS into your skin, just toggle on a plug-in. Sounds nice, right?
Anyway, thanks again. Your feedback is much appreciated <3
Posted: 04/Jun/2021 20:20:14 (1 month ago)
I joined back in 2017, forgot it existed, and came back. I'm hooked again 😂. I love that it's the collecting part of Poké without all the battling and such all the time. The albino is really cool and the exclusive "pokemon" are really awesome
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Posted: 02/Jun/2021 23:08:37 (1 month ago)
I think that Pokéfarm is mostly a good website to go on. It could be better, but it’s great if you prefer collecting Pokémon instead of using them to battle.
👍 3👎 0
Posted: 05/May/2021 00:36:42 (2 months ago)
Haven't been playing long. Absolutely in love! Better than competitors!!
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fyrebrite: "Good, as a Game"★★★★☆
Posted: 30/Apr/2021 05:25:52 (2 months ago)
Honestly I'm very fond of this site. I've played off and on for years now. It's a very well done game. All the staff care about the players and the experience. All the changes and new regions added over the years have greatly improved my enjoyment of the game. I enjoy games where I can adopt, evolve, and interact in other ways with my critters. This game has contests, dojo sparring and user created gyms, plus a wide variety of site events. It is mobile friendly, which is incredibly important for me. Most things I actually enjoy more on my phone than on a computer. It is not a pay to play or pay to win kind of site. Obviously, things progress quicker when you upgrade to hypermode. I don't mind donating to the site with how much I play and enjoy it.
The biggest draw back for me is community based. This is a GAME and a game that is supposed to be CHILDREN friendly. There are so any politically based comments in user profiles it makes me incredibly uncomfortable. I do not enjoy having to interact with people because I feel like if I don't think they same thing as them, they are going to react poorly. This is not the place for such things anyway, especially if people are not kind to one another even if they believe different things. If you want to make changes in your community, state, country, world, go out and do it. Telling people not to interact with you if they don't agree doesn't set a good example in my opinion. Let's all just enjoy the pokemon and filling our dexes.
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Posted: 29/Apr/2021 20:07:32 (2 months ago)
Super addicting, definitely the best forum-based game i've played. but there isnt much to do.
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Posted: 21/Apr/2021 18:26:18 (3 months ago)
It's an excellent game love it but I wish when you dress up the pokemon you can adjust the accessories to be bigger and smaller and I also wish you didn't have to buy shiny charm and albino radar. Also wish there were another way to get zc
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rat eggs: "pretty good!"★★★★☆
Posted: 30/Mar/2021 18:06:46 (3 months ago)
this is an incredibly addicting and enjoyable game to play! as somebody who knew pretty much nothing about pokemon when I started, it's a good introduction to the pokemon universe. however, if you want results, be prepared to work hard for them... I don't currently have a job so I have a disgusting amount of free time to click, and even then I haven't reaped as many rewards as I would have liked. I understand it's mostly luck based, but as somebody who can't spend money on the game I would like it if obtaining premium currency/hypermode (especially) were just smidgen easier, but even then it's actually much more feasible to play free and get results than some other similar games I've played!
honestly, other than that, no complaints :)
👍 9👎 1
Mso: "It's ok but could be a LOT better"★★★★☆
Posted: 01/Mar/2021 09:00:58 (4 months ago)
It's a great game I enjoy playing it but something that bothers me is seeing so many political hashtags, even entire threads about "determined lives matter".
In my opinion a pokemon game is not a place for this. This is an online game and in my opinion, talking about political things should be against the rules, just like in many other online games.
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