Sunday, November 21, 2010

FarmVille Updated Market Guide

The Market has been completely updated! We’ve integrated a lot more functionality to the FarmVille Market, added some new features, and streamlined the user interface to give you a much more enjoyable shopping experience. 

Note: Currently only some of you will see the new Market while we make sure everything is working properly. Don’t worry, soon enough you will all get access to it!

Black Rose seeds: Right now the giftable Black Rose seeds are not showing up in the updated Market. You haven’t lost them, they’re just not displaying—we’ll get that fixed soon.

Navigating the Updated Market

You can access the Market by simply clicking on the Market button at the bottom right of the FarmVille screen as always. The Market is now divided into seven categories:

  • Specials
  • Seeds & Trees
  • Animals
  • Buildings
  • Decorations
  • Farm Aides
  • Clothes

The first time you see the Market you’ll be on the Specials tab by default, though afterwards you’ll be first shown whichever tab you were on the last time you used the Market. The Specials tab is arranged a little differently than the others; you are shown three special items we’d like you to know about, like the Mystery Game, specific Limited Edition theme sets, or other new features. If they are sets of items you can click on the “View” button to look through those selections; other features like the Mystery Game will have a “Play Now!” button that’ll bring you directly to it. 

All purchasable items (including Limited Edition theme and other timed items) are split up into the other six categories. You can easily navigate between these categories just by clicking on them. Each category is also split into a number of sub-categories, depending on the category. By default you’ll always be on the “All” subcategory, which displays everything in that category.

Each Market display page shows up to six items; if there are more than six, you’ll see arrows on the right- or left-hand side of the window that you can click on to move between the pages of items. Each item entry has all the information you’re used to seeing in the old Market, including Buy and Sell prices, harvest times, XP gain, how much time left to purchase that item (if it’s on a timer), the Limited Edition theme it’s a part of (if applicable) and an icon representing the item. If the icon has a “?” symbol on the upper left, it’s usually a special item (like a buildable structure) and you can move your mouse over the “?” to see the longer description. An item that cannot be purchased will show the “Locked” image in place of the “Buy” button; moving your mouse over this will tell you why you can’t buy it. The “Send” button will also appear for certain items that you can buy and immediately send to a neighbor.

You’ll also see a “Preview” button under the icon for many of the items. 

Clicking this will pop up a new window and show the item on a farm field next to a typical avatar, empty farm plot and a hay bale (for size purposes). This way you can see exactly what it’d look like on your farm.

For Clothes we use the “Try On” button, which will bring you to the Character Customization window. 

To the right of the line of sub-category boxes you’ll see the “Sort By” pull-down menu. Here you can select how you want to sort and display the items in that sub-category. For instance, if I click on “Seeds & Trees” and then “Sort By”, I’ll see that I can display all of the seeds and trees in ten different ways such as Lowest Price, Longest Harvest Time, etc. Here we’ve sorted everything by Shortest Harvest Time:

Not all categories will have all of these sorting options, however. The sort method will stay the same as long as you stay in the sub-category, so if you select to sort by “Mastery Level” for “All” on “Seeds & Trees”, this type of sorting will stay as you move through “Fruits”, “Grains”, etc. until you change the way the information is sorted or you change categories.

The last new feature you’ll see with the new Market is the “Best Sellers” strip at the very bottom. Here you can see some of the top selling items in FarmVille at that moment. Moving your mouse cursor over each item will show all the standard information about that item mentioned above, including the “Preview” and “Buy” buttons.
Source: Official Zynga Forums

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