developer: Masterbrain Bytes
publisher: Toplitz Productions
Game mode: single player
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Cattle and Crops is a farming simulator developed by a German studio – Masterbrain Bytes, who acquired the funds for developing the game through a Kickstarter campaign. Unlike other agricultural simulators, Cattle and Crops is a well-developed game featuring numerous possibilities.
In Cattle and Crops for PC one has to run a farm, which, however, is not limited to sowing and harvesting the crops. To manage the farm efficiently enough, a player has to master particular agricultural machines representing real vehicles of the makes like Claas, Damman, Horsch, Hawe, Stapel, and Mercedes-Benz. The driving physics have been thoroughly developed – the handling is affected by the condition of the bed on which one drives, and the entire experience is enriched with the realistic sound effects and the ability to adjust side mirrors.
Since there is plenty of work to be done on the farm, employing some additional helping hands is well worth considering. Workers can be assigned to various tasks – from transporting fruit, through fertilizing the soil, to taking care of the animals. Additionally, these workers acquire experience affecting their overall efficiency.
The breeding animals make for another piece of this agricultural puzzle. Should one launch an animal husbandry, they have to provide proper feed, tidy the farmhouse, and prevent the animals from catching diseases.
Everything that has already been described herein is accompanied along a realistic weather system – a long drought forces players to irrigate their fields, or their crops will wither otherwise. Long periods of rain, however, can hinder vehicle handling because of the wet soil.
Interestingly enough, the developers from Masterbrain Bytes wanted Cattle and Crops to be a game not only for farming simulator veterans, but also for those players who want to begin their adventure with such games. The latter ones can use the available facilitations – among others, one can disable weather’s influence on the gameplay or switch the realistic physics to a more forgiving system.
The game features three main game modes – the first one is the single player campaign, in which one has to live a farmer’s life and develop his rural business. The Sandbox Mode allows players to play with no limitations (no character specialization, no experience points, etc.). Moreover, Cattle and Crops for PC delivers a solid multiplayer mode, in which one can invite other players to run a farm together or join forces and help someone else with their farms.
Game score 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 48 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 155 players' votes.
PC / Windows
- Dual Core 2.0 GHz
- 4 GB RAM
- graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 760 / Radeon RX 550 or better
- 7 GB HDD
- Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
- Quad Core 3.0 GHz
- 8 GB RAM
- graphic card 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 / Radeon RX 5600 XT or better
- 10 GB HDD
- Windows 7/8/10 64-bit