What is Hay Day?
Hay Day is a farming game where you feed animals, grow crops and produce a plethora of goods for the people of your town to enjoy. From soy sauce to silver rings, all will be available to you as you raise the level of your farm. It might seem like a casual and relaxing game that lets you escape from the hustle and bustle of your busy life at first, but as you enter the marketplace, you will gradually discover the intricate strategies that will give you the cutting edge your farm needs to prosper in this growing marketplace.
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As you grow from humble beginnings, preparing your wheat and corn, and with your surplus you make your entrance into the marketplace, aspiring to one day become a cornerstone in this economy. One strategy that I used was to buy stacks of corn from people who would dump it at low prices of 1-20 coins and sell it at a profit of 72 coins, as corn was an essential component in the everyday operations of any farm, making it price inelastic. 72 coins was a pittance to big farms that were high functioning and had daily turnovers in the tens of thousands, raking in huge profits from which I could expand and decorate my farm.
This strategy worked for a while, till I realized that the profit that I made from this strategy could no longer fund my expansions fast enough, so I turned to other sources of income, investing in hamburgers and blackberry muffins, and spending every waking moment to find some good deals on the market. It was then that I gained access to neighbourhoods, which worked similarly to a trade association, and with my business acumen, I quickly rose to the top, commanding an elite force of 30 farms ready to aid each other in conquering this volatile market. With low prices set between each other, we were always sure to turn a profit and soon the only limits that we had were those set by the game itself, the level of your farm.
Another feature that came as part of joining a neighbourhood was the weekly Derby. These derbies were competitions between neighbourhoods, whose aims were both to instil a feeling of pride for neighbourhood members as well as grant them rewards that they would otherwise be unable to purchase, such as land expansion supplies and specific decorations. For the aesthetic and efficient farmer, these were a must.
After repairing the mines and opening myself up to the treasures of the deep below, one big investment that was indispensable was the construction of a smelter. Although this came at a heavy cost of 12500 coins, it would no doubt bring me into the golden age, as storage becomes marginally higher and I must move towards other profitable ventures, opening up new streams of revenue through town visitors, boats and truck deliveries, lest my carrying costs become too high.
But of course, as all successful business owners must do, I make sure to wake up at 8am every day and see what the latest current events are, such as a bumper crop of pumpkins and strawberries, or an increase in the efficiency of production facilities like the bakery or jeweller. A thorough understanding of these events will let any businessman take advantage of the market, reaping profits far above what would have been possible. A bumper crop of sugarcanes may lead to the supply going up, but a knowledgeable farmer would know that sugarcanes are easily available, dropping the price below the point where it would be allocatively efficient to produce, while you could produce something more profitable such as strawberries or even soybeans.
While I have been talking about this game as if it were a real-life economic market, this is still a mobile app after all. And, with mobile apps like these, come microtransactions to make the game easier. One of the methods of making the game easier would be to use gems to speed up production facilities and the growth of crops. While this is not the most efficient of methods, the developers have done their best to make gems readily available for the free-to-play farmer, but this could still lead the farmer into a downwards spiral as he becomes dependent on gems. Another method is the hiring of the errand boy Tom through the use of gems. Tom is definitely one of my favourites to use as he makes sure that almost everything that you need is available to you, less any expansion supplies and materials that are essential to the upgrading of town buildings. As he is relatively cheap to hire when paying in bulk, he can be relied on to bring you any product that you desperately need to satisfy the needs of both your neighbourhood members and your town visitors. Lastly, the use of gems to increase the number of production spots in a production facility is what I believe to be the most efficient use of gems. This will let your production facilities be efficient as they will let you take a break while they continue their production, giving the successful businessman the greatest commodity of all, time to enjoy himself.
I hope that this article gave you an accurate glimpse into my experience in the world of Hay Day, and the economic intricacies that come with it. Whether you prefer aesthetics over efficiency or vice versa, I am sure that Hay Day allows for all styles of play.