Farm Heroes Saga is a level-based match-three game that sees you taking on the role of a farmer, setting out to gather crops, flowers, or farm animals in each level. Stages each come with different goals and one of several different board layouts, but the gameplay is generally the same. You'll make matches of three or more like crops or elements (like water and sun), with some of these items being required in bulk to complete a stage (a level might see you collecting 20 Onions, or 30 Sun, as examples).
While each level might see you collecting a different set of items, most come with additional symbols that aren't required, but can still be matched as normal. Since each level has a limited amount of moves available to reach its final goal, there's a real dose of strategy here. Sure, matching non-necessary symbols might open up matches of necessary symbols that weren't there before, but you'll need to determine whether that's a risk (and a move wasted) that you're willing to take.
The more crops you collect in a single level, the more points and stars you'll earn. Reaching just the one star level and the bare minimum in terms of required crops or minerals will see you unlocking the next stage, and so it goes as you make your way through dozens of levels. Power-ups will allow you to instantly clear out (and collect) a row of items, while a shovel removes one single item of your choosing from the screen. Along with these purchased power-ups, the game also provides automatic boosts in the form of multiplier symbols that make a single vegetable worth two or three times its original value (or more).
There are a few variants on this basic level type, like ones that see you collecting farm animals by earning a certain number of stars in a stage, and boss battles that see you making matches to actually damage an opponent on the screen. All the while, you're met with soft pastel graphics and absolutely adorable fruits and vegetables, each with a face and personality all their own (Onions are shedding a tear, for instance).