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Harvest Moon: Magical Melody (GC)
Member Name: DavyMichelle
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody (GC)
Advantages: Looks Good, Good Concept
Disadvantages: We Don't Understand What We're Supposed To Do!
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody cost me around £6 new and sealed from ebay and that included delivery. I'm guessing this isn't the best selling game going then?! It's £11.45 on Amazon at present, so I'm sure you can get this quite cheaply most places.
I got it because I thought it might be a nice simulation game that the grandson and I could play as a team. I could build and run things, and he could make decisions about where things went etc. It can be played by more than one player at a time apparently, but we've not tried this as we only have one nunchuck (which you need to play this game).
At first glance we both thought that this was a really good game. The idea was good, the graphics were appealing and the music was pleasant. We set about following the instructions to get our farm set up. Then we got taken off on a little story journey to find out about some goddess of crops who's been turned to stone - and told that we need to turn her back.
By the time the intro had finished, the grandson was starting to get bored. It took much longer than I expected, a good fifteen minutes at a guess. I can't say that I followed all that was going on either, so the grandson had no chance. I'm an experienced gamer really and have seen most consoles come and go over the years, so it's not like I'm just out of touch with games in general - this one is hard to follow. I assume that really you need to be familiar with other Harvest Moon games to understand the intro properly.
Once the intro was (finally) over we were able to move things around in our little house and get started with the game. Then we could go out and about in the village and enter the various shops. It's a long walk between shops, and we have to go to a seperate screen every time we want to see the map. There are no arrows or any mini maps on screen to help us which I don't think much of.
That's about as far as I can go with this review. Why? Because that's as far as we could go with the game. The instruction booklet tells me absolutely nothing about what we're supposed to be actually doing now! I get that we're supposed to be farming crops and animals, but as it won't let us buy any at the moment, we can't!! We can walk around, talk to people and go back to sleep - that's our lot.
I'm not even going to try and find out how to play this. It's clearly not the nice easy, twee game that it appears to be from the cute cover art and cheery, short blurb. It's a bit more complicated than that, and definitely intended for older children and young adults who have experience of this game. I do wonder if perhaps it works better on a different console even? Like the concept, but hate this game.
Summary: Not Recommended
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