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- 1993 June 9
SimFarm Quick Docs By: Black Bird / DREAD Quick Info: ----------- Disk Space: 4.9 megs Input: Microsoft Compatible Mouse Graphics: VGA/EGA Hi-Res (640x480x16) Sound Support: PcTweeter/AdLib/SoundBlaster/Roland Icons On The Left Side Of The Screen: ------------------------------------- Hand - Move objects from one place to another (farming equipment/food etc.) Magnifying Glass - Get info on anything on the map. Pave/unpave road - Paved roads allow easier access to the farm and town. Fence - Fence off an area so that the cattle do not run away and destroy your crops. Gate - Controls where the cattle or farming equipment moves. Irrigation Ditch - To control how wet a field is, if there is excess water and a dry ditch near by, excess water will be removed. And if there is too little water the ditches can be used to water the field. Irrigation Ditch Valve - You probably won't want to water all the fields at once but only parts. If clicked on with the right or left button it will turn on/off and will enable you to control where the water goes. Livestock feed - You need this to feed the livestock (cattle). Place it near where the cattle is. Water Trough - The livestock also needs water and this is where they'll get it from (I'm not sure but for now when the water is gone, I just bulldoze it and buy a new trough with water in it. But it may not be necessary if it can be somehow re-filled, maybe via irrigation ditches?). Trees - You can plant them around your fields to prevent wind from causing damage (soil erosion etc.). Icons Across The Top Of The Screen: ----------------------------------- Buy - Will let you buy all the necessary farming equipment so that you don't need to lease it. I found that it's A LOT less expensive if you buy and use your own equipment instead. You'll also be able to buy water pumps and storage facilities so that you can store your crops/livestock/equipment to prevent damage. Sell - Sell whatever equipment/crop/livestock you have. Evaluation - Self Explanatory. Map - You can buy additional land for the farm. You can also inspect the pollution etc. levels on the farm and surrounding areas. Wind meter - Check current weather (I rarely check the weather). +/- - See your balance sheet, show all your expenses/revenue/profit etc. Calculator - Use to borrow/repay money (self-explanatory). Bar Graph - Show current crop prices (and maybe predict future prices). General Game Tips: ------------------ I found that if you plant Strawberries it will yield the most money no matter what time of year it is in the great lakes region. The price of the crop varies and you can click on the bar graph icon in the top row which will show you current prices for the different crops. The more pollution/ water the more it affects the quality of the crop. Most of the info about when to plant the individual crops is included when you go to the BUY icon in the top left corner. If the livestock is not fed well they start kicking the fence and eventually break loose and their value eventually goes down. The only way to prevent monetary loss is to sell them as soon as possible since they don't like coming back and you risk losing more cattle. If a picture of weed/pest/bad corn appear in the upper right corner of a field then that means you need to use chemicals. For weed control you use a herbicide, for pest control use a pesticide and for the other crop infestation use a fungicide. Sometimes a bag of fertilizer appears, that's an indication that you have to spray some fertilizer. Keep the crops without these problems and the quality of the food will be a lot better and be worth more.