Hay Day is a pretty addicting little zen farming game in the vein of Farmville, but behind the simplistic facade there are a lot of little details that never get explained. After playing the game for quite a while I’ve picked up several simple tricks and tips that I wish I’d known about when I first started playing. Read on for the top 6 simple Hay Day tips I wish I had learned sooner.
1. Newspaper Pages
My good buddy agent86ix taught me this one in his article on Hay Day tips. I was shocked to see that you could swipe the pages of the newspaper to find many more items for sale! Every few minutes you’ll get a new batch, and you can tell by looking at your mailbox. When is starts “hopping”, there are more sales to review, so get browsing!
2. Exclamation Points
Have you ever noticed the tiny exclamation point next to the names of some seller’s in the newspaper? It took me a long time, and then I had no idea what it meant. Well, the answer is that it means that farm needs help in some way – either to fill a Boat (most often), or to revive plants, etc. You’ll find that you get the same option to request help, but now you know that anyone reading the paper will see it. More on that in tip 3!
3. Sell for Success
You get a free ad in the paper every 5 minutes. This means that most times you go to list some stuff, the first item you list will show up in the paper. This will bring in a fair amount of traffic to your farm and ads last for 3 whole hours! Unfortunately, as soon as your items sells you’ll get dropped from the limelight like a hot stack of pancakes. A tip to work around this is to sell your most undesirable items at max price in as large a quantity as possible. I find a stack of 10 Indigo at max price has pretty low demand, and medium size stacks of Wooly Chaps seem to show similar unpopularity.
Pro Tip If your newspaper ad expires without a sale, you can re-list it in the newspaper by selecting that item in the Roadside Shop interface. Eventually one of the non-player characters will buy it, so at that point you’ll have to add a new item from your inventory, but using the newspaper re-list will keep you from burning slots on more undesirable items.
Pro Tip Get the most out of your ad traffic! Even when you list an undesirable item in an ad, you can still fill your other slots high demand items, and the constant listing in the paper means those items will sell fast. The increased visitors you get from ads can also help with Boat items you flag and Trees/Shrubs that need love from a friend. I don’t usually have much difficulty with get Trees/Shrubs watered, but if you want a quick response be sure to move them near your Roadside Shop or Boat – because that the first place visitors are likely to look.