At the end of December, we brought you the news that Zynga had launched a new version of FarmVille for Chinese players. While the game appears mostly identical (the games share the same basic gameplay functions, crop prices, and so on), there are actually a few differences to be found, especially where Chinese FarmVille's crops and trees are concerned.
While the standard version of FarmVille does have more items to offer overall, Chinese FarmVille has four exclusive crops, and one exclusive tree at the time of this writing. We've done a little bit of digging and have found out more about these exclusive crops and the exclusive tree, if you're interested in seeing what our Chinese-speaking friends are experiencing in their version of the game.
The image above displays the four crops and the one lone tree. The first crop is the Peony flower, which is the national flower of China, which obviously explains its presence in that version of the game. Based on our research, we believe the second crop to be Ginseng, an ingredient normally found in energy drinks or medicinal teas. The third crop is something called "dong chong xia cao," which literally translates to "winter worm, summer grass," but is more commonly known as Caterpillar Fungus. Finally, the mushroom crop is the Lingzhi, a medicinal herb found in health supplements. As for the tree, it is known as the Areca Nut Palm, which is found in Asia and the tropical Pacific regions.
Whether or not the original version of FarmVille will ever receive these items as well remains to be seen. However, even if standard FarmVille doesn't receive these items, it's still interesting to see what items are being offered for the Chinese-speaking crowd.
Will these exclusive items entice you to try out the Chinese version of FarmVille? Let us know what you think of them in the comments.