Summary: Funky Barn is neither Farmville nor Harvest Moon . It’s a farming sin with heavy real time strategy elements. It’s well done and the only hiccup you’ll encounter is the slowdown that may occur when your farm is quite large and supersaturated with animals and crops alike.
Excerpt: I was first exposed to this franchise on the Nintendo 3DS. That was a solid title on a handheld. Funky Barn on the Wii U surpasses it in almost every way imaginable. Information is shown on two screens. So I would tap on the Wii U Gamepad to open a message on the television screen. It took me a few minutes to grow accustomed to that. Once I did I was farming with the best of them.
Review: Funky Barn is a delightful farming game with the case of uglies
30 January 2013
Excerpt: What is it about managing your own farm that makes it so enticing to gamers? Whether it's the hustle and bustle of the Harvest Moon series or the more laid-back, social experience of Farmville , there is no denying that sometimes, gamers just want to leave their earthly realm to tend to their livestock. Funky Barn was released earlier this year on the 3DS and now makes its way to Nintendo's other dual screen console, the Wii U.
Summary: Parents need to know that Funky Barn is a "time management" game in which players take control of a farm and try to manage a continuously growing collection of milk jugs, pieces of wool, eggs, and more. Players must manage their time effectively while keeping an eye on the farm's inventory. The game starts off relatively simple but quickly becomes much harder as the number of animals -- and the demands of each level -- gradually increase.
Conclusion: Funky Barn is addictive, and might keep you playing for a several hours, but it's not satisfying or memorable. That's a characteristic I often associate with mobile and handheld games, the latter of which this game is derived from.
Conclusion: If it was offered as a low-price downloadable title, Funky Barn would barely be worth your time. At a full retail price, the game is insulting. The targeted demographic often seems to become an excuse for developers to offer little content and oversimplified game mechanics, but any parent that wants to offer something their kids could enjoy on their brand new Wii U should think twice before investing in this title. It’s insipid, boring, and nearly broken.