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Harvest Moon

Released on 13 April 2007

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (33 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Fans of the Harvest Moon series will soon see that they're tilling familiar soil with the Nintendo DS version. Setting up your farmstead while maintaining relationships with the local honeys puts forward hours of challenges for you. Luckily, the Harvest Sprites can help you on a day-to-day basis.

As you perform tasks in the game, you discover a Harvest Sprite once you hit certain benchmarks (such as chopping so much wood or cutting so much grass). Once you discover a Harvest Sprite, you can visit their tree - a home the Keebler elves would envy. There, you can request that a group of Harvest Sprites help you with some duties, whether it's watering your crops or helping you with your stamina.

They don't work for free, though. You need to give them medals. You can buy medals or earn them by beating the house in a poker minigame. Hey, Harvest Sprites love their table games.

Whether you're farming, wooing, mining or building, you'll need to move fast. Time really flies once you're out and about in the sun. When you are inside buildings or the mine, time will stop so that you can get your work done.
  • Use a variety of tools to grow lots of different crops and plant trees.
  • Raise cows, sheep, chickens and ducks - and keep dogs, cats and horses too.
  • New festivals, extensions, and items.
  • Stroke your animals with the stylus to keep them happy and healthy.
  • Earn money to expand your farm and furnish your house with gadgets like a TV and DVD player.
  • All-year-round gameplay with different seasons, days and nights.
  • Lots of items to collect and mini-games to discover.
  • Inserting your copy of Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town or Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town into your Nintendo DS will unlock many surprises in Harvest Moon DS!

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 Full Moon

| | See all saladin's reviews (5)

First there was stitch 'em ups, then life 'em ups, now Nintendo have presented us with a new instalment of a long-running franchise - the Harvest Moon farm 'em up.

Having been a fan of Harvest Moon, both on its Snes and Gameboy Color incarnations, I was extremely keen to get my hands on a copy of Harvest Moon DS. Imagining utilising the touch-screen to use tools, pick crops and care for my animals gave me a warm glow inside. I was expecting something along the lines of Animal Crossing. What is presented is a game that seems more basic by far in some areas, yet almost too complex in others.

Keen to relive past glories of farming yore, I slapped the cartridge into my trusty Lite and switched on. Cue one of the longest and more arduous starting sequences of any DS game I have yet experienced. It's never-ending, and frankly ridiculous.

Anyway, you'd think that having sat through all that, the game would back off and let you play. Nope, as you now have to be introduced to a number of concepts, including harvest sprite assist system and others (more on this later).

Anyway, once the game releases you from the starting sequence, it's time to get to work. All the usual Harvest Moon staples are present, from tilling land to plant crops, which must then be watered and eventually harvested, to raising livestock for profit. Players can also go mining to raise extra cash and to find ores to use to upgrade tools. You begin with a dog, a cat and two bags of seeds. From there on, it's up to you to generate enough cash to make your farm thrive.

It seems important to point out here that Harvest Moon looks just like any other Harvest Moon game ever created. There has been no attempt made to introduce 3D graphics or characters any more complicated than pixelated sprites. It is only possible to play from a male perspective, both in terms of the players avatar and the dating potentials present in the village. This seems rather limited, especially following the success of Animal Crossing, which proved that good graphics and varied characters are possible in a handheld game. Indeed, the game also feels rather limited in its characterisation. There has been little attempt to make the other in-game characters anything more than decoration. The usual business with dating and marriage is present, but attempting to start conversations with other characters is a pointless exercise.

The farming tasks themselves, however, are highly entertaining. While planting and growing crops is always a bit boring, raising animals is a joy. Even designing your farm is fun, as you have to gather resources and money before choosing where the carpenter will build the various barns and animal sheds you need. The ability to customize your environment like this is a nice addition to the series, and gives the player a real sense of developing their own farm.

The lack of any meaningful touchscreen interaction is disappointing. The majority of the game is controlled by the analogue buttons, with the touch-screen only used for navigating menus and for stroking your animals (once the right tool has been purchased). Compared to Animal Crossing, this is very disappointing.

Also, the number of glitches present in the game are astounding , ranging from disappearing towns people to a glitch I uncovered accidentally, which filled my pockets with 100,000,000,000 units of currency. While amusing, it does detract somewhat.

All in all, however, this is an entertaining game, which has eaten up a considerable amount of my spare time. While limited in some respects, it is sufficiently deep to be enjoyable. A great addition to the Harvest Moon franchise, but a slightly disappointing addition to the DS library.

 Very addictive, alot to achieve! NOT boring!

| | See all ilovemuffy's reviews (6)

First of all i reccommend finding a website which explains the different things you can do in the game if you haven't played it before because the instruction booklet is very limited and doesn't exactly tell you how to do stuff.
This game is by no means boring, some of the tasks you have to do such as feeding and petting your animals or watering crops gets a bit monotonous but you can always get the sprites to help if you want a break!
There is so much to do in this game like designing your own farm,building things, looking after animals, marrying and having children. I like unlocking and exploring the mines.
Overall an excellent game, well worth the money!!

 Harvest Moon : Extremely Dissapointing

| | See all Blinkee's reviews (7)

I must say - this game was a huge dissapointment for me. I own all the HM games, and this really let me down.

At the beginning, there is no help for you - you are left to your own devices.

This ruined the game for me. I advise that you save your money and buy a better game.


| | See all JESSANDHERMUM's reviews (1)

Havest moon is a little boring first but is one of the best ds games ever. I would reccommend that if your intrested buy it NOW or for CHRISTMAS!!! You'll thank me!.

 Great game, rubbish guide book!!

| | See all SarahG14's reviews (5)

This game was one of the main reasons why I bought a D.S. I had Harvest Moon for the Gameboy Advance and the Nintendo S.P, and I loved them instantly. But with this version, I find there is little in the way of a "Story" other than the feud between the Witch and Harvest Goddess. I also had to find a website which told me where to buy certain things or where places were because the mini book which comes with the game is about as helpful as a chocolate teapot.
On the positive side, you can now get Ducks! And the cows come in different colours, as well as the ability to stroke you animals, which gives you something to do during the Winter months. Overall a great game, just make the guide book, guide a bit better!!

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Rating3+ (PEGI)