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Zynga bets the FarmVille 3 animal menagerie will hook you on iOS

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Now on iOS: FarmVille 3 lets you raise baby animals and keep some as companions.
Now on iOS: FarmVille 3 lets you raise baby animals and keep some as companions.
Photo: Zynga

Game maker Zynga launched FarmVille 3 on iOS and Android Thursday. It’s the newest version in the strategy simulation game series, which first broke out as a hit on Facebook in 2009 with FarmVille and then expanded with mobile FarmVille 2 versions in 2016 and 2018.

FarmVille 3: more baby animals, please

The newest iteration, FarmVille 3: Animals, features new animal husbandry mechanics. That means one thing above all else: baby animals, and lots of them. And their care and feeding, of course.

Sound like something a kid you know might like? Maybe it’ll keep them from asking for a real baby animal. Or just the opposite. Now they’ll learn to ask for exotic creatures, many of which are featured in the game, like Golden Pheasants, Palm Cockatoos and Silver Arabian Horses.

And more help around the farm

Some aspects of previous game iterations will remain. A farmhand character named Marie, who first appeared in FarmVille 2, is still toiling away. And “a fresh cast of farmhands with diverse backgrounds and skills who will assist players with new elements in the game, including new customizable farms and animal husbandry” will join her, Zynga said.

In addition to increased animal interaction and a growing cast of farmhand characters, FarmVille 3 features weather patterns that players control, farm customizations like choices of farmhand clothing and a social co-op that teaches about exchanging goods.

Will it be another hit?

Enthusiastic players downloaded the original FarmVille more than 700 million times, according to Zynga.

“We warmly invite a new generation of players to meet the delightful new FarmVille characters and lovable animals who thrive in a gorgeous countryside filled with heart and humor,” said Bernard Kim, Zynga’s president of publishing, in a statement.

And, if they bring on those baby animals in a big enough way, maybe they’ll have another big hit.