FarmVille 2: Country Escape has released on iOS and Android devices this week, part of Zynga's effort to revitalize flagging franchises. The free-to-play game lets you build your farm, tend to your crops and animals, and visit with friends--but as an "escape," it is intentionally slimmed down from the more busy farming on the web application.
As VentureBeat notes, this version is meant to interact with the web version. You might run out of water in FarmVille 2, and then generated some more in Country Escape. Plus it allows for offline play, which means you don't always need to be connected to your social network. But your progress is saved in the cloud for easy hopping back and forth between versions.
“FarmVille pioneered social gaming on the web, and with FarmVille 2: Country Escape we’ve reimagined the franchise as a mobile experience to match how players want to connect with their farm and with their friends,” said VP Jonathan Knight, in a press release. “The foundation of the mobile game was built on listening to player feedback, so we’ve added features such as giving players the choice to play with friends or on their own, connectivity between the mobile game and FarmVille 2 on Facebook, and the ability to play offline. We’ve created an experience where all FarmVille fans will feel right at home."