Recently we have seen a mysterious new app on the side of our farms called Facebook Games Arcade. Wondering if it is safe, what it is and what it does? Your Dirt Farmer Team has the answers for you. Read below for the details and please share.
The icon that appears on the side of our games inviting us to download the new app. Yes it is really from Facebook and yes it is safe. If you have already downloaded the app, there is also a play button to activate it from. Some browsers may give you a pop-up for permission, since the button launches an external desktop app, but this is nothing to worry about.
Essentially, Facebook Games Arcade is a desktop app that will allow you to play without connecting to Facebook in a browser- here is a look at the pop-up we see when we click learn more.
If you opt to download, simply click one of the download buttons you will get a popup stating that it is downloading
Then one stating that it is installing.
When it is finished you will have a notification where you normally find your downloads (location depends on browser) to install the program.
Then you will get a popup for permissions and it will install. You will always get a security warning with a .exe file. While they are the most common file type for installing programs, they are also common in viruses. This is really from Facebook and is safe.
It will auto launch on first run.
After that you will find an icon on your desktop - or you can use the link beside the game as mentioned above.
The first time it launches you will need to log in. If your computer is not shared with others with Facebook accounts your picture should be there with option to continue as you. If not click on switch account.
It will then load with a section of games recommended for you to try out at the top and games you play at the bottom.
Clicking on a game you play will give you the option to play now or see more details.
Clicking on FarmVille's more details will give a short description and a few examples of decorated or functional older farms to scroll through.
Clicking play now will load the game. Since this is a separate app exclusively for playing Facebook games, you will not have newsfeed access on it, except for the feed panel if you have that enabled. You can post, accept your gifts and do everything else as normal.
Some other options that it offers - click on the globe in upper right to view your game notifications for all games - you will only see notifications for those games that are allowed to send you notifications in this view.
Clicking on the back arrow will take you back to the app's home screen. The circle will refresh your game and the Plus signs will allow you to add a shortcut to FarmVille on your desktop and/ or Startup.
Clicking on the lock will allow you to adjust the app settings for the currently loaded game.
Facebook claims the new app is a faster way to play, so far some players agree, some see no difference and some say it is slower. Everyone's computer is different so the only way to know if it will be faster for you is to try it out. It is a separate app and within it FarmVille is not competing with other things in your browser for memory so in a sense it may speed things up. Since Flash does not release memory until you close the tab, if you are traveling to a bunch of farms and do not close and reopen the app every two or three it will lag for you.
What if you try it and it's not for you? It's really easy to remove.
Simply search for and open your computer's control panel
Click on programs
Click on the name of the arcade so it is highlighted. Then click uninstall and follow the prompts.
That's all for now, stay tuned to The Dirt Farmer for all the latest FarmVille news and information.