When something new and exciting happens in crypto, it is wise to take some time to at least explore it.
A hot new and explosively adopted project is not super rare nowadays in crypto, but nonetheless, they are hard to find because there are so many projects flooding the attention-sphere.
It is just hard to filter through everything and find the gems.
All too often, you hear about a new project just slightly too late, after the majority of the hype has been achieved and thus value has been realized.
So I set aside a few minutes at lunchtime today to get setup and try it out.
Coindesk described the game as “a simple resource-gathering game that uses blockchain transactions for in-game actions.”
Sunflower Farmers is a new crypto game built on the Polygon Blockchain.
When I heard of a new crypto play to earn game, I instantly thought of Axie Infinity.
A game that has established itself as a legitimate way to earn money, Axie Infinity gained popularity in places like Pakistan and the token increased in value by over 100X.
While we haven’t missed the boat with Sunflower Farmers, unfortunately, its unplayable right now due to game maintenance by the developers.
More on that later, but I’m still super bullish on the game overall and I do believe it will be a big deal at some point in the future, once they get some of the technical difficulties figured out.
Here’s why I’m optimistic on Sunflower Farmers.
Why I’m Bullish on Sunflower Farmers
Community: The support on Twitter and Discord appears quite positive.
Although the project does not have a ton of followers on Twitter, the engagement is solid. A lot of comments, a lot of discussion on each Tweet they post, etc. Same thing for discord.
The thing about crypto business world nowadays is that it is all about kindness, empathy, sharing, and community.
These principles are held in high regard in some of the most prominent communities such as Bored Ape Yacht Club and Crypto Punks, with everyone saying gm to each other, maintaining the mentality that “we all gonna make it”.
From my initial research, I feel that the Sunflower Farmers community embodies these characteristics.
Vision of the Developers / Team: The team behind the game is very vocal about the fact that the developers don’t control the token.
For example, there is apparently no pre-mine, and the game will be launched for free for the community – only requirement to play was a donation. A noble vision, as long as it works!
The game is also OpenSource and decentralized, and has had about 8 developers on GitHub help build it.
SF’s roadmap for 2022 also looks solid.
Initial Buzz: SF made headlines on crypto Twitter on January 6th and 7th, 2022 after it overwhelmed the entire Polygon blockchain due to its popularity, increasing transaction fees to around $0.50.
Twitch – this is absolutely a game that could get big on Twitch. Although known for high-paced first person shooter games, there are plenty of creators on Twitch who have a solid niche following that play games with a silly, fun, and relaxing vibe.
Similarity to Farmville: The game’s playability looks similar to Farmville.
For those that remember, Farmville was a popular gaming app on Facebook during Facebook’s early days, around 2010 or earlier. It was a pretty big deal for a period of time.
SF seems to be positioning itself well, giving itself the potential to go as viral as something like Farmville did. Now that crypto is very much a real thing, there’s no reason that a silly and simple game like farmville couldn’t allow players to earn money.
Paired with play to earn and tokenization, SF seems to be enabling players to earn money in a unique way.
Sunflower Farmers is all about planting seeds, and harvesting crops. Crops are worth more than seeds. So you essentially spend money on seeds, which will then provide greater returns once the seeds grow into crops. It gets more complex, and I’d recommend reading about tokenization in the developer docs.
Gamework: Think about farming which, in real life, is difficult, back breaking labor.
We have a game that is simulating this difficult job that very few people would enjoy doing, and yet, people are playing this game largely for fun.
The processes in the game are all about simulating work that would be done in real life.
So, is it a game, or is it work? Difficult to say, but there are other games like this.
Animal Crossing, for example, is a game that gained a ton of popularity, especially as people were staying at home during the pandemic, etc. Animal Crossing is a game that has been described by some as simply “gamework”.
Gamework is a somewhat surprising and interesting phenomena – but these types of games often become extremely popular.
More on gamework the video below.
Anyways, back to Sunflower Farmers…
The game had a malicious attacker and is in maintenance mode
Unfortunately, when I logged back onto their website, sunflower-farmers.com, I was disappointed to see that the game was down.
Not only that, there was a message on the website that described how there was a malicious user who tried to corrupt the game, and so the developers had decided to move the game into “maintenance mode”.
This was extremely disappointing. According to discord, building a fix may take 4-6 weeks.
To play the game, apparently all you needed to do was simply go to the website and login by linking your Metamask wallet.
Perhaps the time to build and develop the game will give the team time to build hype for the game, so that they’re even more ready for re-launch when that time comes.
The game uses $SFF token and will apparently also offer NFTs.
According to the gaming docs, “the aim is to reward farmers who are early to the game and drive scarcity.” 
The Tokenomics documentation goes on to describe that “the earlier you start farming, the more you will be rewarded as the supply increases.” 
Basically, you plant seeds and can harvest those plants for more money than the seeds were initially worth.
In game strategy is somewhat complex, in this case, when you choose to plant is important. If a halvening event happens, or supply increases, this will affect the price and rewards you get for harvesting plants.
No mobile option?
I did notice, before my lunch break, that the game did not have a way for users to play on their mobile devices.
A mobile option is a MUST, and I will be sharing a few thoughts on this in the ideas section of the SF discord channel. Look for me in there, say what’s up if you see me in discord! I use the handle Espressoinsight everywhere.
The reason mobile is important is that more people use mobile devices than anything else…
In 2022, mobile is a must for any application, especially games.
Everyone carries their mobile device with them everywhere. And with the planting / harvest system of the game, I feel like the the gameplay itself lends itself to checking the game frequently, multiple times per day.
It is perfect model for a mobile game, similar to an idle oriented game like Clash of Clans.
The game has a Twitter account… If you’re reading this, tweet at them and tell them we need a mobile option.
What’s Next for Sunflower Farmers?
Hearing about another potential Play to Earn game in the cryptosphere, reading about it on the website and instantly became excited to play.
I know it will take time for the developers to work out everything, but I can’t wait for the game to finally be ready.
Given that this blog has such a low visitor count, I doubt anything I post here will have any impact on the hype of a project at all. But let this post serve as a flag in the ground – Sunflower Farmers will be HUGE.
- Tokenomics: https://docs.sunflower-farmers.com/tokenomics