FarmVille makes its way to the iPad

Wildly popular Facebook game, FarmVille, is now available to iPad owners as a free download. The game was made available to iPhone owners back in June.

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FarmVille running on the iPad.
FarmVille running on the iPad. Zynga

FarmVille is now available to iPad customers, Zynga announced today.

Would-be farmers can get their hands on FarmVille by downloading it for free from Apple's App Store. Those who have been playing the game elsewhere can now continue to seed the fields and run tractors over their farms on Apple's tablet. Users who are new to the game can start a whole new farm within the app. Push notifications will be used to alert farmers to the health of their crops, Zynga said.

After FarmVille became popular on Facebook and quickly started annoying friends of players who were tired of seeing updates in their News Feed, Zynga offered the game to iPhone owners in June. According to the company, the title sat atop the iTunes App Store's top 25 games list for 50 days after its launch.

Now with the help of the iPad, Zynga hopes to build upon that success. But it's hard to imagine a world where FarmVille can get much more popular. The title is played by more than 60 million people around the globe. And according to Zynga, players receive more than 500,000 gifts in the game each day. To say it's a major hit would be an understatement.

FarmVille is the first title from Zynga to be made available on Apple's tablet. While the company isn't divulging any specifics, an iPad version of the company's Mafia Wars might not be far off.

"The iPad is a natural device for gaming. We are excited to bring more Zynga titles to the platform in the future," a company spokesperson said.