Back when FrontierVille started, I was so pleased with the game and got to consider it for a long time, the best game available on Facebook. I still consider that not any game released after FrontierVille (by Zynga or other companies) was better and none managed to bring into play the same level of revolutionizing content as Zynga’s title did. And this saddens me even more when I realize that FrontierVille is slowly dying and all those people that used to love it are becoming frustrated.
For some strange reasons, Zynga is making the game more and more difficult, having us to ask for hundreds of items in order to get things done, while our active neighbors are less than half the numbers we used to have several months ago. And Zynga should do something to even the playing field and let us experience the best Facebook game, rather than keep it in an unnecessary coma. Because I still love this game and I am sure I am not the only one who does, even though we’re all getting incredibly frustrated with it.
I am republishing below an e-mail I have received from one of our readers, a message that was sent to Zynga themselves and hopefully will be the step required to have Zynga turn things around and make FrontierVille the amazing game that it used to be – and maybe if all of us who are disappointed should send a message to Zynga telling them that we’re still care and we still care about FrontierVille.:
“I am not sure what your goals are on your games, but driving away people seems to be at the top. I used to have fun playing Frontierville, but as of about 4 to 6 months ago, I am no longer having fun. I have spent so many hours and also real money, I have been hanging in there but I am more and more discouraged each day I play.
We used to be able to finish missions by planting crops, visiting neighbors, asking for items ( reasonably ) feeding animals and such, but now everything we need to do require so many different parts, with having to ask for too many items, both on the wall and individual, that it is taking weeks and even longer than a month to finish just 1 mission and most the time I am having to ask your techs for help to do so this. I have had missions time out or just have to abandon them as there are just not enough people to ask. Before you say add neighbors as a solution, I HAVE done this, but it has not helped enough.
I am low income and though I have occasionally bought passes, I cannot afford to buy them on a regular basis nor should I HAVE to buy passes to finish missions.
Since when does adding buildings take so many upgrades. This is what is really pissing me off right now. I just finished gathering all the items I needed for the frontier works and now realize that it was only part 1. I am so angry I am on the verge of crying. I am no longer doing this to myself.
I gave up on Prospect Falls like 5 days into it when I figured out that it was going to be the same thing all over again.
I am sorry that greed has overcome good judgement on your part but as I am typing this it helped to make my decision clear. I am no longer going to play this game or any of your games ( which I never started as this one was the only one I wanted to play at the time and as it progressed it became apparent that I would not have the time nor did I want the additional frustration). I know I am not the only one to feel this way as over 50 percent of my neighbors have quit the game and when questioned, they had the same complaints as I do. This is also not restricted to just Frontierville as many of my friends have been complaining about and or have quit other Zynga games.
Venting here has been good for me even though I know that you will continue to ignore the very people you depend on to keep your games alive. I’m no longer interested in being one of many voices you continue to ignore.”
On this blog, amongst the many, many complaints that we received, I will quote the last two. First, we have Rocky saying:
“I’m sick and tired of having to ask for everything cause I’ve been unable to get/gift any items from the apps section of the game for months, yes months now. Plus, it also ticks me off that when I do finally get some of the items….the next day some have disappeared; or in your gift box you get items and when you go to the mission, they’re not there at all. I think alot of my neighbors have quit cause it’s getting to where I get about 1/10 of the things I request if that. The game has become a total B U M M E R!!”
And our reader Julie notes: “I’m also becoming frustrated with the game, too bad, I did enjoy it till they started overwhelming us with missions that repeat, I have spent money for horseshoes occasionally but not too much and it seems if you don’t your neighbours pull ahead quickly, Im thinking it’s time to quit frontierville”
And I am sure that many of your friends are considering quitting the game. But let’s all say that to Zynga, let’s all tell them that we would still love to play the game if they give us the chance and don’t make it an impossible game to play! Quitting should be the last option.
What is your take on this whole situation and, most importantly, do you think that something can still be done to turn things around?