Tail Towns Friends is a new free-play Facebook game that blends cute critters with a pastoral Kinkade-esque landscapes and soap-opera intrigue for a social media-enhanced gaming experience like no other.
Unlike other FB games I've played, Tail Town Friends has detailed graphics and voiceovers that make it pretty addictive. It doesn't surprise me that it's the latest offering from Ganz, the makers of the insanely popular Webkinz retail/gaming phenomenon. The storylines are linked with collectible figurines that you can buy in real life. These figures are really sweet, hand-painted and very detailed. Each comes with a code so you can play the character in the game and have new goals to achieve, as well as an exclusive virtual item. This is our TT Friend, Chef Angelo:
I assumed Tail Towns Friends would be a game for kids since the characters are so cuddly and sweet looking but there's some dramatic tension in the script. Nothing too wild to prevent your tweens from checking it out but it definitely requires more reading comprehension than a little kid can handle. I wish it was available on a standalone website, too, since Roo doesn't have her own Facebook account and I don't want her to play around on mine. Of course, that would mean I'd have to stop playing it myself. Ahem.
Here's what my orchard (NOT a farm, man!) is looking like currently. Just wait until I get a fancier house and some topiaries…
You can send in-game gifts to your FB friends and, of course, the ever-popular requests. Tail Towns Friends might be a wee bit addictive. Just a gentle warning!