Farms and Castles is Square Enix’s new puzzle game for the iOS and Android platforms. It’s a bit of a take-off on the Triple Town formula, with the typical pretty-looking Squeenix graphical treatment, and a new currency system that can be used within the game to purchase more of the pieces you want, without bleeding over into the obnoxious IAP area. Read on for some tips and tricks on how to win at Farms and Castles!
Plan out every move before you make it. When you have three of the same piece next to each other, they will upgrade, and the upgraded piece will be placed on the same spot as the last piece that you put down. If you plan your moves right, often you can make 2 or 3 combos just by placing one piece down, which clears up a LOT of space on the board.
The goal is to go as many moves as you can and to get the highest score that you can. The moves are what earn you the titles, though. The planning ahead will keep you going for as many moves as possible. In addition, purchase wisely from the store. If you can, save your goods for when you are almost out of moves, so that you can make an excellent combo and recover, but if you see an opportunity to make a huge improvement, such as a second farm, don’t hesitate to use it.
Gold is equally important, and can be earned by turning rocks into castles (and then on every turn after that). Gold will buy you three different kinds of magic orbs. One will make a match with anything, while one will allow you to destroy one piece. The other one will let you transform an object from wood into stone or from stone into wood.
Be sure to upgrade your farms and castles, as well, for extra goods and gold. This typically requires extra careful planning so that you can get three of them next to each other. The higher the upgrade level of the farm, the more goods you get with each turn. Consequently, the higher the upgrade level of the castle, the more gold that you earn with each turn.
Make the most out of the rainbow orb, which is the one that matches with every piece, by using it to upgrade at least your first-tier farms and castles. Your second tier is preferable since it is almost impossible to effectively plan out how to upgrade them to third tier using normal pieces.