Ranch Town is a Facebook game from Island Paradise developers, Meteor Games that gives a player the chance to own and run a ranch by using its natural resources such as rich soil, minerals and fish, which are then cultivated by growing a variety of plants, feeding animals, running machines that generate minerals and produce food, all to earn a profit and expand.
Meteor Games founders are the founders of NeoPets, and all their games on Facebook so far have had high production values and cute, consistent themes. Ranch Town is no different, as players take on the farming model but play it with on the Wild West.
Ranch Town lets players start with a plot of land and a cow, and players slowly expand and build their farm as big as they can. But there’s also the element of mining, where players also have the goal of attempting to mine for gold. The simplicity is refreshing and the first set of tasks is very enjoyable. Meteor Games always have nice interfaces, and you can spend some very nice time with this game.
Tips and Tricks
Take Advantage of Natural Resources
You start off with 500 coins, several Alfalfa plants, a cow and an apple tree. Before you start spending your coins by adding trees or plots, you need to take advantage of the resources that are available. Your ranch produces salmon, copper ore and rich river soil.
Every few minutes, you will notice fish swimming at the lake found on the left side of the game screen, copper ore appearing at the bottom and river soil just right beside the tree and the lake. Click on them and it will be added in your storage. You can then sell them individually to earn money. You can, however, opt to keep it until you purchase machines that will produce goods that are higher in value.
At level 1, three machines are available for purchase at the store. With your starter coins, buy all three machines. You’ll still be left with coins to plant more alfalfa seeds.
The smelter produces copper bars from copper ores, the soil processor produces gold flakes from rich river soil and the smoke house will give you smoked salmon from the fish you catch. Each will be ready in one minute.
A machine can hold up to 6 items. 3 raw goods and 3 produced items. Collect the finished items as soon as its done so you can continuously add more for the machine to churn it out. If the maximum number has been reached, you can’t add more until it has been processed or collected.
You can also opt to buy just the smelter as a start. Bags of copper ore appear more often than soil and fish.
Earn More with Processed Food and Minerals
Selling raw items like the fish you catch or soil you gather can earn you coins but their value is lower. By using the machines you purchased, processing them will earn a bit more. Since it only takes a minute of your time, it’s worth the wait to gain 5 extra coins. You will also earn 1 level point each time you put them into the machines for processing. By doing this, you will unlock more machines and can afford to purchase them for even more high valued goods.
As you progress through the game, you will unlock items that will produce high valued goods. If at any point you want to remove machines, plots, trees or animals to make space for new items, you can do so by clicking on the red “X” mark on the menu and click on the item you want to delete. A window will appear to confirm whether you want to sell the item.
How to get Steam Power
Steam Power can be obtained in two ways: it can be bought with Meteor Credits, or it can be obtained as a gift from fellow Ranch Town players. Let’s start with purchasing.
Players will first need to buy some meteor credits. This can be done by clicking the “Add coins and credits” tab, above the game itself. $10 purchases 1,000 credits, so an easy trick is to remember that one Meteor Credit = one cent. There is no discount for buying larger amounts of currency, like in many other games.
Once you have the credits, steam power can be purchased from the “Automation” tab of the Ranch Town store. Steam Power packages range from the quite small (150 steam points) to the very large (12,000 Steam Points). Again, there is NO discount for buying a larger package!
Regardless of which package a player buys, they get 15 steam points for 1 Meteor Credit (i.e. 1 cent). So feel free to buy the smallest package, to test the feature out.
Gifting is the only other way to receive Steam Power. Players can gift 25 Steam Points to one another on the Ranch Town gifts tab, in the same way other in-game gifts are sent. 25 might not seem like much (it is not even 2 cents worth!), but if a large group of people send each other 25 every day, it will add up quickly. Plus, there is always a use for it, unlike gifting something like machines, which may not be wanted or needed.
After you accept the gift, the 25 Steam Power is automatically added to your total.
How to use Steam Power
Once you’ve gotten some Steam Points, it’s time to spend them! To begin, click the new Steam Power icon, below your level and XP bar.
This brings up the Steam Power icon above all your animals and machines. By clicking one of these icons, it will change from red to green. This machine is now automated! It will automatically restock itself, and once it finishes processing an item, it will automatically harvest it.
Clicking on the icon above the machine again will disable automation.
What Steam Power Can’t Do
– Steam Power can not plant or harvest crops from farm plots. It only works on animals and machines that process goods from one form into another.
– Steam Power DOES NOT work if you close the game! Ranch Town must remain open for goods to be processed.
– Steam Powered machines and animals still require the same amount of processing time. The process is not sped up – just automated. So if you’re like us, with nearly 600 flour built up, it will still take 600 minutes to process it.
Other Steam Power Facts & Questions
– Players still earn XP as normal for processing goods with Steam Power, even though they aren’t clicking.
– Two Steam Points are used to process each good, not one. This is because a Steam Point is spent every time the game does something a player would normally have to click to do. One Steam Point for stocking the machine, another Steam Point for harvesting the finished product. Remember this when planning! 200 Steam Points will process 100 items, not 200!
Suggested uses for Steam Power
– Help with a backlog. Most players will have hundreds of flour or cornmeal saved up before they get their first bakery. Automating that bakery can be a big boost.
– Automating a single full production line. By automating both a cow and a butter churn, players can turn Alfalfa directly into butter. When butter is eventually used to make something, that building can then be automated as well.
– We suggest players not automate machines that only have 20 – 50 items to process, or one-step production lines. These situations are easy for a player to handle themselves. Save Steam Power for the big stuff!
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