Mystery Boxes were introduced to Farmville in October 2009. They can be purchased for 16 Farmville dollars in the Market under Decorations. Farmville is now also selling the Best of Mystery Chest, which is loaded with some of the best stuff from past Mystery Boxes.
A Mystery Box can be used as decoration for your farm, but opening it will reward you with one special item and experience points. To open a box, place it on your farm and then click on it to get the “Open” option. After choosing “Open,” the box will reveal its special contents. Once the box is opened, it disappears from your farm.
Each box usually contains one of six possible mystery items and only lasts about a week for purchase in the Market. Unopened boxes that you’ve already purchased can still be opened even after they’re removed from the Market.
Past prizes have included:
October 20, 2009 – October 30, 2009
Country Picnic Table, Fire Pit, Golden Gnome, Hot Tub, Long Chair, Red Bike, Striped Rest Tent, Tree Swing
November 10, 209 – November 18, 2009
20 Fuel Refills, 30 Fuel Refills, Acai Tree, Gazebo, Large Pond, Manor, White Owl
November 27, 2009 – November 25,2009
Animal Float, Carousel, Donkey, SilverStreak Trailer, Water Tower, Zen Garden
November 24, 2009 – November 30, 2009
50 Fuel Refills, Black Manor, Green Tool Shed, Groovy Barn, Pagoda, Treehouse
December 1, 2009 – December 9, 2009
Golden Fountain, Gold Sleigh, Holiday Gate, Platinum Gnome, Tinsel Tree, Toy Chest
December 9, 2009 – December 15, 2009
50 Fuel Refills, Golden Chicken, Gumdrop Tree, Snow Globe, Super Spin Ride, White Barn
December 15, 2009 – December 22, 2009
Dancin’ SnowLady, Frozen Pond, Gingerbread Home, Holiday Sleigh, Santa Gnome, Santa’s Workshop
December 23, 2009 – December 28, 2009
Grey Goose, Melting Snowman, Porch Swing, Rock Stream, Sneaky Crown, Stone Well
December 28, 2009 – January 6, 2010
Alpaca, Animals Statue, Giant Bell, Jack in the Box, Lighted Snowman Family, Ornate Welcome Gate
January 5, 2010 – January 12, 2010
50 Fuel Refills, Bunny Slope, Gazebo, Golden Chicken, Mini Train Set, White Barn
There is debate about the value of Mystery Boxes in Farmville. To get Farmville dollars to purchase a Mystery Box, you need to buy those dollars with real money — 1 real dollar is equal to 5 Farmville dollars; the minimum purchase amount is 5 real dollars. So you’ll end up spending about 3 real dollars for a Mystery Box.
If you like to decorate and collect rare items in Farmville, Mystery Boxes can be an easy way to obtain cool and exclusive decorations for your farm, as well as gain experience points.