How to Beat Egg, Inc.
What is Egg, Inc?
Egg, Inc is a free-to-play farm simulation game where you'll gradually upgrade and innovate a chicken farm. Your objective is simple: hatch chickens and make money by improving the various facilities available to you. Because there are no enemies or time limits, you can't really "lose" the game, but there are definitely strategic ways to advance faster.
How does it hold up and what are the best ways to progress through? Here's all you need to know about Egg, Inc!
- Relaxed format
- Tangible sense of progress
- Good sense of humor
- Free to play
Egg, Inc offers an enjoyably silly farm. Rather than strive for realism, the game embraces its goofy nature, letting you upgrade your equipment into ridiculous forms. For example, you will eventually sell eggs that allow people to travel through time, and buy a hovercraft instead of a truck to transport your crop.
However, these upgrades are purely statistical, not functional, in nature. They won't alter anything except the value your eggs sell for and the rate of transport to buyers. In other words, the game won't change dynamically as you progress. You'll still be slowly accumulating dough, then spending it to buy equipment and research that earns more moola faster.
That said, it's fun to see each aspect of your farm undergo an aesthetic upgrade as you improve it, so you do feel a satisfying sense of progress.
- Limited Advancement
- No alternative game mode
- Spending real money becomes necessary to advance
I get it. Games need to recuperate the finances spent creating the game. Still, Egg, Inc tricks players by pretending they can beat it without investing real money. At first, you'll see your farm rapidly develop even without the bonuses offered from actual-money purchases.
As time passes, you'll realize how essential the real-money purchases are to "winning." For instance, you use silos to run your farm while you're away from the game, continuing to earn money. However, you can only have two unless you buy the silo permit to increase your limit to ten. Each silo can run the farm for an hour, meaning free-to-play gamers "waste" most of their time away from the game.
Spending Real Money
Even worse, only some of the research you obtain lasts permanently. You can reset your farm periodically using a prestige option, which starts you back at square one but gives you permanent Soul Eggs that help you earn faster. However, this resets all your expensive research—except for those purchased with Golden Eggs. And how do you get Golden Eggs? You guessed it: real money. Admittedly, players accumulate them by just playing, but it's an excruciatingly slow process. I'd earn more by spending five bucks than participating for 30 hours.
Strategies For Your Farm
If you're still willing to give the game a shot (it's free to try, after all), here's some tips for advancing:
- Focus on research that upgrades egg value and egg laying speed
- Upgrade your egg to its next form whenever you can
- Play in short bursts rather than long stretches to take advantage of silos
- Prestige to get Soul Eggs when your earning speed dwindles
The best research options are the ones that double and triple your egg value, drastically increasing your money pile. Increased egg laying rates also help, as do automatic egg hatching facilities. You should also upgrade your coops and vehicles, but only when they reach their storage/transport capacities, so put those on the backburner.
Prestige and Ads
You'll inevitably notice your farm slow down its rate of increase, meaning you should prestige and collect Soul Eggs. Seemingly counter-intuitive, this will earn you far more in the long run. Also, the game will occasionally let you watch a short advertisement to earn a sweet stack of money or a few Golden Eggs. Finally, whenever you see an alien UFO fly by, quickly tap it to earn more cash or Golden Eggs.
There also exist some time-advancing cheats and hacks, but in the interest of playing fairly (no foul play, chickens), we'll ignore those.
All these tips are great, but pale next to the bonuses of extra silos and Golden Eggs using actual money. I like to think of myself as a patient gamer, but after several weeks of prestige-ing and rebuilding my farm without being able to collect the next egg form, I'm finally accepting my poor poultry will never reach their full potential. That is, unless I crack open my piggy bank and shell out (I'll stop) some real savings.
What do you think of Egg, Inc?
Egg, Inc is a laid-back and amusing experience that eventually falters due to slow progression. While it can be fun, I don't recommend it unless you're willing to spend a few bucks or won't mind not actually completing the game.
Though I suspect a vast majority never come close to finishing, the game still collects favorable reviews from most players. After all, it's not the destination but the journey that matters.
Share your thoughts on the game, and I'll see you at our next review!