Available On: Android, iOS
Gnome Village is a game that originated on Facebook but was recently ported onto the Android platform. Right away you can tell that Gnome Village is easily a Disney game simply because of their cutesy art style (the art director seriously needs a raise). The cutesy art style is definitely something that makes Gnome Village fun to play, but the game does a lot of things differently from other games like Farmville and some other notable Zynga titles. Disney has actually integrated a fairly well thought out story in Gnome Village as well. It’s actually one of the things that makes Gnome Village unique from the other games out there.
I’m not one to enjoy casual games a whole lot, but I found Gnome Village to be extremely satisfying, at least for a little while that is. You’ll find some similarities to games like Farmville, but not a whole lot. One of those similarities is the day-to-day waiting that is involved. When you construct something, sometimes it will take up to 48 hours to complete, which I find extremely annoying. I guess it’s not really a fault with Gnome Village itself but casual games in general. I don’t want to feel “required” to go back and play after a certain task is finished at x time. I just want to be able to pick up a game and play for a certain amount of time and then put it down. The way time is handled in these types of games is ridiculous.
The only gripe I have about this game was the time factor. It isn’t as outspoken in Gnome Village, but it’s still there, which can be kind of frustrating some times. Regardless, after playing Gnome Village for a while, I have really enjoyed the time I spent with it. The personalities of the characters in the game were very well done. They felt like actual real fleshed out characters which is something you don’t often to see in casual games like these. They all had their own unique worries and weren’t rehashes of another character as well. That was probably the best part of the game — the lack of redundancy in characters.
One thing that players will enjoy in Gnome Village is that there is no shortage of unique questions and thrilling environments in the game. You will always have something new to do and numerous environments to explore. I really like it that you aren’t limited to one area. That said, there is a bit more free roam in the way things work in the world.
Overall, Gnome Village is a fun free game to play if you’re looking to waste some time. While I really don’t like how constructing things take so much time, it really isn’t as outspoken as games done by Zynga. Even though you’re building something, there is plenty of other things to do with the other characters in the game. I thought it was very well balanced.
If you’re wanting to play a Disney game with a cutesy art style, Gnome Village might just be what you have been looking for.