Merge Harvest is a unique match-3 merge game. David, a recently retired sheriff, wants to be a farmer, but the real-world effort doesn't suit him. A job opening for a virtual farmer offers him the best of both worlds. Yet, he doesn't know anything about farming or the virtual world.
He needs the player's help harvesting resources, rebuilding deteriorated buildings and the community, growing crops and making various food dishes from the fruits and vegetables on his farm. He is joined by his trusted dog, Cooper, played by a local college student, and a former chef named Miss Marple.
The farm is arranged as a two-tone green checkboard. Each space represents a merge spot. The player starts by chopping tree stumps, merging logs to create large wood piles, and then crafting log-processing equipment that strips bark off logs. When they're successful, they restore a building on the farm. They also receive energy bolts, gold coins and gemstones that they can use to top up their balances and pay for different things around the farm.
Merge Harvest isn't remotely incremental or idle. It features plenty of busy side tasks, quests and events. It tracks all the items the player collects and rewards gemstones for every achievement. With the Daily Quest Marathon, the player must play every day or start over from the beginning.
The player also receives free gemstones, empty merge spaces and other gifts by watching advertisements.