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Harvest Moon - A Wonderful Life (GC)

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      09.10.2009 14:04
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      Addictive is the best word to describe this game

      Addictiveness, great graphics, Good realism

      In this game you play thought a life on a farm. You are a farmer, your uncle shows you aroudn the farm and gets you started off with the basics, lets you chose a dog, and then makes you meet all the townsfolk around as well.

      In the game you start off with the basic hoe and watering can and even a cow, then you carry on through the game leveling up getting some new items and finded new seeds to sow and animals to get.

      You can make money thorugh selling your produces on and then there are new produces you can get from getting more animals, to finded and buying new types of seeds, growing fruit and veg, fishing when you finally get the fishing rod.

      The game is super addictive and you wanna keep playing though I would reccomend getting a harvest moon title on a handheld as it works much better to pass time, and seems like a better game when handheld. the concept and gameplay are suprisingly simple but addictive. Worth picking up.

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        02.11.2008 18:00
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        Overall building up a farm and chatting with the townsfolk is fun and rewarding

        The Harvest Moon games have been great ever since they originally appeared on the Gameboy. All following the same basic formula, the idea is to build and maintain your own farm, selling your produce in order to afford better machinery and become generally rich.

        Gameplay in Harvest Moon is generally really busy. Each day (which comes around pretty quickly, as game time is faster than real time) you have to water your crops, feed, milk and pet your cows, collect eggs from your chickens (and feed them), as well as feed yourself (I tend to go fishing) and try and save up to afford farm upgrades such as a cheesemaking building. You can also buy new seeds to plant new crops - you soon learn that some crops sell better than others, and some crops grow better in certain seasons than others. It's all about trial and error!

        On the side, you interact with your buddies in the nearby town and try and become friends with them - or try and woo your potential love interests! Interaction is very simple and usually involves giving gifts, e.g. an egg from your farm.

        The fun of Harvest Moon lies in this repetitive and busy nature, and the feeling of building and developing something. It's great after you've played it for a while, and you realise that your farm is improving, and you're buying more animals, and you can nearly afford that milking machine...

        I will never forget my experience with this game 18 months or so ago. I was playing A Wonderful Life on my Wii, but I didn't have a Gamecube save card. So basically, I was leaving the console on. All the time. After two almost solid days of playing, I'd built a brilliantly successful farm, was incredibly rich, and had got just got married. Of course, this didn't last, as that night of all nights, there was a power cut, washing away all of my hard work! So yes, make sure you save your game often!

        The graphics are okay but nothing special. The 3D environments and characters are pretty and cartoonish, and to be honest perfectly suited to the style and mood of the game.

        The one issue I have with Harvest Moon is longevity. Once you've built up your farm to top-notch status, there is very little left to do. And there is little motivation to start again from scratch. However, on your first go, it's a blast!

        Overall, Harvest Moon is a great game, especially for kids. It may not be for some, as there is very little action so to speak of, but it's definitely worth a go if it sounds like it might be your cup of tea!

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          02.11.2004 18:29
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          Introduction

          This game starts with your mad uncle showing you around the farm. you get a choice of two dogs, and you get to meet the towns people, this gives the game a welcoming feel.

          Getting Started.

          Your uncle gives you your own house a cow,some money and some seed to get you started. You start with a basic hoe to prepare the ground for the seeds, you also get a heavy watering can to water your seeds. milk your cow twice a day and store the milk in the storage room, or sell at the market. There is a man called Van buying and selling goods, he will usually let you know hes there but check the diary to see when he's coming if you dont know.

          Inter-mediate

          Now you have got a farm started this is probably a good time to go and start buying some crops from vesta, she owns the farm across the river.She will sell crops to you but be careful when you buy them though because you want to make sure you buy them for the right season. You can find out about the seasons if you keep talking to vesta, she will tell you which is best for each season. The crops are a vital part of the game, as you can make big money from them, But the main money comes from your milk at first. One unique thing in this game which ive never seen in any other game is that you have to get married and have a family. you have to get married at some point during the game but dont worry if you dont bother trying,they will just set you up with celia as she is the default wife. this is just part of the story line so dont worry.
          Another great part about this game is, that once you have recieved the fishing rod you can make big money through the fishing, the fishing can become boring after a while though its best to fish up stream as bigger value fish are there.
          To make some extra money you can also go around and pick up extra items like flowers mushrooms and many other items. You can sell these at market and make some money.
          By the end of the first chapter you should be married, and have better tools.

          Additional

          They one neat thing about harvest moon is that you can link up the your game boy to the gamecube, and get some extra items.

          Graphics

          the graphics are clean and crisp the characters are all easy on the eyes. The buildings and scenery looks goods, even know they are some minor glitches with the game.

          Sounds
          The sound isnt the strongest part of the game but the animals make the noises the cows moo the chickens cluck. when you go fishing you can hear the river and noises in the backgrounds.

          Gameplay

          This is probably the best part about this game
          because its really easy to move from one place to the other especially when you have your horse this makes it much quicker. The interaction with the characters in the game is fun. Even the fishing is like its own little game.

          Final Thought

          This game is a great game because not many of us have the chance to farm so this is the nearest we will get to it. Its also fun, rewarding and enjoyable and you will be playing it for a long long time. This is a must buy game, It wont be everyones cup of tea but I love this game and would recommend it to people of all ages. Fun for everyone to be had here.

          Price i paid£39:99 bought from game.
          nicely packaged with manual.
          I first Wrote this review in Ciao under the name Jamesmonkey4u

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            29.08.2004 02:41
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            Coming soon to a Gamecube near you is Nintendo?s genius new franchise, Animal Crossing. A life sim type game set in a cartoony world where you must simply lead a life. The game is inspired by Natsume?s fantastic long running game series Harvest Moon, the self-proclaimed farming sim (how the idea ever got commissioned I?ll never know) and a truly legendary franchise. Now Japanese titles like this rarely reach European shores and so it is with open arms that we greet Natsume?s latest outing, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life. The game uses a chapter system, the first chapter introduces you to the farm, and it?s animal and the lovely lady?s that inhabit ?Forget-me-not Valley?. In this chapter you are advised to discover the world of which you live, please the locals, set up your farm and propose to one of three lasses, the not so picky Muffy, fellow farm hand Celia or stubborn and moody Nami. The following chapter takes place several years later, you now have a kid to take care of, some inhabitants have passed away whilst new people join the village. This is the general storyline of the game and I?m sure I did nothing to persuade you to invest in this quirky title. The thing is despite rewarding you very little; Harvest Moon is so strangely compelling and hypnotic you?ll be playing the game for literally hours on end. Buying new chickens, cutting the grass, planting crops, starting an orchard, going fishing (always a fun side quest), selling your produce to either Van or the locals, playing mini-games, digging in the mine, riding your horse, investigating the mystery of the abominable snowman and so on. It may not sound much but you?ll feel utter joy when your first calf is born, or when a new chick hatches, when the ducks arrive or receiving presents from the locals for acts of kindness. The music adds to the hypnotic addictive affect of the game and you are always capable of changing the tunes. The graphics are nice (better than Animal Crossi
            ng) but nothing spectacular, but it is the gradual effects that take place as the game changes seasons that make it all worthwhile. It is one of those gems that the hardcore gamers keep to themselves, simply because it is not cool enough for the general public. There is a negative to the game, it is absolutely massive and the painstaking slow pace of it all means you will get bored eventually. After a while you?ll bring it back, play it some more and love it again. There will be times when you?ll want to back away, after 15 hours of milking cows and selling eggs you?ll just want to move to a faster paced action game. But you?ll be back. It isn?t a finely polished game but the pure simplistic idea behind the it is just so absorbing and there is just so much depth to the game. There is also a link up mode to the GBA title ?Friends of Mineral Town? where you can exchange items. Although if you have the time to play 2 Harvest Moon titles at the same time then might I recommend a social life :) Dringo.

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              22.07.2004 17:01
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              Harvest Moon. A couple of months ago, game had an offer where you could take 4 of your games and 99p, and swap for any new game prices £39.99 or less. I?d bought quite a few games on a whim in there previous sale for £1.99 each, that turned out to be not so good, so I took these, and 2 £1.00 coins to Game to trade. I got Metal Gear Solid for the Gamecube (Which was a disappointment, but that?s for another review), but there was nothing else that I fancied. The number 1 Gamecube game in the charts was something called Harvest Moon. I didn?t know anything about it, and the description did not appeal, but I thought that if I bought it as part of the offer, I could always trade it in for around £15 at Gamestation, and still make £5 profit, so I bought it. About a week later, I was just about to take it to trade in, but I decided to give it a go first, and I am so glad I did. It is possibly the most absorbing, entertaining, fun game I have ever played in my 26 years of videogaming. The basic premise is that you have inherited a farm in a small village from your dad, and with the help of your farmhand/guide, you live your life over 30 game years (10 you actually play, the others are cut-scenes), farming, making friends, selling items, courting and bringing up a child. Life evolves in the village. New people arrive, others leave, Buildings appear and disappear, and people you like die (as I was horrified to discover the other week!). Money plays an important part, as you need to produce and sell things in order to buy better farming equipment. Each year has 4 seasons, each season lasts 10 days, and each day lasts 24 game hours (1 game hour is 60 seconds). The seasons determine what crops you can grow, and control the weather. You start the game with 3 fields (that have various levels of fertility), 1 meadow and a cow. The cow provides milk that your farmhand can sell at market to provide funds. A happy cow provides bet
              ter milk, so to cheer her up you and hug her, buy a brush and groom her, and let her out in the meadow, but bring her back in before it goes dark, or if it rains or else you will have a grumpy cow on your hands. The cow gives milk for 40 days after she gives birth to a calf, so you have to time it right to get the best out of her. Bulls can be bought to try and get her back in the family way, or you can buy a ?miracle potion? that does the dirty deed with a minimum of fuss. Different cows can be bought that provide different qualities of milk. Other animals including Chickens, Sheep and Goats are available through the game, and all need to be treated well to get the most out of them (before you ask, there is no abattoir!!). Chickens lay eggs, and need a rooster to help them do this. The occasional egg is fertilized, and these you can hatch. Again, the farmhand can take eggs to market to sell. Vegetables are another source of income. You need to toil your fields first, and water them. Watering has to be done daily to ensure your crops grow well. You initially buy your seeds from a neighboring farm. The veg you plant depends on the seasons. Carrots in fall, potatoes in fall/winter, melons in summer etc. Later in the game you can invest your veg and make more seeds in a seedmaker (each item of veg creates 2 seeds). You can also create hybrid veg such as a carrotatoe (1/2 carrot, ½ potato) that bring in even more cash. Other forms of income include working on the archeological dig, gathering plants and flowers, and fishing. Fishing is a great aspect of the game. Different fish can be found upstream and downstream, and vary in size and price. Items you gather or harvest can also be given to the different characters in the game to create friendships. If you talk to the characters, you get clues about what they like and dislike. You then offer items to them, and if they like them, the more you offer, the better the friendship,
              and this often results in you getting fantastic items. You also need to woo a girl. There are several in the village, some easier to woo than others (like in real life!!). You need to do this before the end of the first year, or the game stops. In year 2, you get a son, and have to help bring him up and keep him happy. A game about farming sounds boring as anything, but this really entertains many levels. My little girl loves sitting with me while I am playing it, which make a nice change, and it is very relaxing. General game info- Controls are quite simple. There is a key on the top of the screen so you don?t forger which button does what, which is useful. The Graphics are Japanese style which you either like or hate, and are quite cute. There are some fantastic subtle effects such as reflections and the flow of water, and leaves gently falling off trees. They fit in very well with the type of game it is. The characters are well animated. The sound is the only disappointing aspect. The background noises of the sea and weather are fine, it is just the silly beep type noises you get when talking to other characters that annoy me. I have been playing this for weeks now and am still only halfway through. Even at full price (around £39.99) I feel it is fantastic value for money, and wholeheartedly recommend it. Rent first to be sure it is your type of thing, though.

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                03.04.2004 23:36

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                HMAWL - Advantages: FUN - Disadvantages: you have to actually go to do the stuff to make the farm succesful.

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