Proves that games can be enjoyable without violence, reference to drugs, crude humor. Innocent and fun.
Being a Harvest Moon fan since the Back To Nature series, and now reviewing this game years after its release, I can tell you that this is one of the best games in the series. :: -- Graphics -- ::
7 out of 10 stars.
The graphics are a little edgy, but otherwise quite pleasing and adorable. The black outlines add a cutsie flare to the overall game. The movement is all right, though footsteps can be kind of brisk. However, these minor glitches and not-so-hot things do not at all effect the game at all. :: -- Sound -- ::
8 out of 10 stars.
The sound effects are sometimes a little louder than they would be in real life, but are otherwise flawless. The music that is featured in the games, usually one track for each of the four seasons (and other tracks for special events, cutscenes, etc.) are very beautiful and catchy. There are no vocals in the music, so it kind of makes you feel like you're in a peaceful, harmonious, historical countryside- a place to live so ideal that I doubt even such a thing ever existed or will exist.
:: -- Movement -- ::
6 out of 10 stars.
Let's face it, if you've played any of the Harvest Moon games, you'd know that the movement isn't that hot. Instead of moving the feet, the characters will turn on their heals. There's only about 7 or 8 original facial expressions for each character, and the conversational movements (waving goodbye, handing things, putting items in your backpack) are not too realistic. However, that adds to the chibi cartoon aspect of the game.
:: -- Gameplay -- ::
9 out of 10 stars.
You can fish, you can pick berries, buy things, sell things, eat, farm, tend to animals, and you can even talk to other villagers. Basically, you can do just about anything a typical farmer can do. The gameplay is awesome, especially if you have an imagination. This is the kind of a game where your person goes to bed at night, wakes up in the morning, and lives through the day. This is the kind of day where you're given a whole village to walk through and do things in every day. So, pretty much, it'll keep you occupied for a long time.
:: -- Difficulty -- ::
7 out of 10 stars.
The game isn't that difficult, but once you finish it first, you start over with all the progress you made and try to save the village once again, this time in a different way. That's right. I believe there's about 9 ways you can rescue your town from being turned into a theme park, and after you complete them all (which is very difficult, for not even I have done it), THEN the game is over. So, it'll give you plenty to work with, and you have to evenly balance your farm life with striving towards your ultimate goal, which, once again, is to find a way to stop the city to transform the village and all its dwellings into a gigantic rollercoaster extravaganza.
:: -- Compared to other HARVEST MOON games -- ::
-You cannot get married.
-You cannot own goats, ducks, cats, etc.
-The game is only stretched over 1 year, but if you finish successfully by the 120 day deadline, you can play for another year, and another, and so on... All the way up to 9 years, if you are that successful.