Originally Posted by y2kmp3
At what stage approximately are you supposed to start matching higher-end items like cows or apples? For farming that has only 24 turns (with a few bonus rounds), I am finding it difficult to get enough matches to escalate the matching. Am I expected to have an easier time later on because these items will appear more often?
Cows and apples are required after mid teen levels for placement for more advance buildings. Once you are able to match the number of pigs required to make a cow, and same with carrots for apples, you get them and the tool that helps you to harvest them is available to build.
And it does get easier to make matches for these things. Later when you have certain buildings, matching certain items on the board no longer advances the clock. Also, cows and apples can start appearing on the board without matches, and having more workers, number of matches need to get the advance items decreases. As you progress, you will also get more tools out of the new buildings for harvesting these items quickly .