John Deere: American Farmer is a simulation about owning and operating a farm, featuring the John Deere brand license. Starting with the most basic equipment, it will be up to players to decide what to grow and what to buy in managing their farm. Successful choices will increase the amount of money available to the farmer, allowing them to expand and make new choices.
John Deere: American farmer resembles SimFarm in some ways, however the world is now made of 3-D models. Choosing one of several scenarios or choosing "Free Mode", Players are introduced to a game map of their farm acreage. Players must select individual workers on the farm and assign them to tasks or equipment. New equipment and buildings can be purchased and placed at any time from the buy menu. Crops must be planted and animals must be raised, and maintenance must continually be performed on equipment.