Zynga’s FarmVille was once very popular. You would receive dozens of requests from people on Facebook who played the game. It was designed in way that players often needed to request their friends on Facebook to join in just to progress beyond a certain stage. Zynga then released a mobile version in 2010 which was essentially meant as an alternative method to play the desktop version on mobile. The company abandoned it after two years. Now it has gone back to basics by launching a new title called FarmVille 2: Country Escape.

It offers the true FarmVille experience with animals, crops and more that players have long been accustomed to. However its no longer like previous incarnations. Zynga says that it developed this game from the ground up for mobile devices. Its no longer a way to play the desktop version of mobile. FarmVille 2: Country Escape is a bonafide mobile game, though players will be able to interact and share items with the desktop version.

The title is available as a free download from the App Store and Google Play Store, though it offers a variety of in-app purchases through which players can move through the game at bit quicker. Since its a proper mobile game FarmVille 2: Country Escape doesn’t require an internet connection to play and neither does it compel players to connect to the internet like the original version.

Former Microsoft executive Don Mattrick, who became Zynga’s CEO last July, has repeatedly said that the FarmVille franchise will play a major role in turning the country around. Lets see if this new title aids that objective in any significant way.

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