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Platform - Nintendo DS
Rising star games
Age guide - 3+
What it's about
You, the farmer, must restore your farm to its former glory and prove your worth as a famer to the rest of the town. It's up to you how you do it. Cultivate the best crops, raise a healthy collection of livestock, harvest the crops lying around town, spend your day mining or find yourself a farmer's wife. It's up to you. Take part in local competitions to prove you have what it takes to be the best damn farmer there ever was. Choose from a selection of cute lady friends and woo them just right and you could hear the pitter patter of tiny farmer feet.
The evil princess witch has banished the annoying Harvest Goddess to another dimension and it's up to you to get her back, along with all the other harvest sprites that have disappeared. Prove yourself by working hard and rebuilding the farm.
Mostly controlled using the game pad to go about your basic farming needs and chatting to people around town. Most of the buttons have multiple uses depending on the scenario but it's pretty simple to pick up. Equip farming tools using the stylus and from there on its a series of repetitive button presses to get the task done. Tools can also be scrolled through using the back buttons which is handy for quick farming action. Stylus can also be used to care for animals, either petting, brushing, washing or milking it's relatively simple stuff. Treat your animals just right and you'll soon have prize winning livestock. This has to be done every single day of the game world which is clock managed. When you amass a large collection of animals this can be quite annoying as that's an awful lot of petting and brushing to get through. However, find the right harvest sprites and they can be hired to lend a helping hand around the farm. It will be some time before you can start having a chance in any of the competitions held every year in the game world as you have to have a very good relationship with your animals before they have a chance of winning and this takes a long time to build up. You certainly won't be able to compete in the cooking competition until you earn enough to upgrade to a house with a kitchen. The ladies aren't easy to win over either. If you want yourself a wife, you'll have to give them presents pretty much every day before they show you one shred of affection.
Cutesy style graphics and colourful surroundings make this a game that will appeal to the kids. Though it looks cartoony, there's a lot of detail for a DS game. The cutesy style is traditional of games in the harvest moon series but that doesn't mean it's a game just for the kids. It's fun for adults to with plenty to do. There is a great sense of achievement that comes from winning the competitions as there is a lot of effort that needs to go into it.
Interactive gaming that will keep you entertained for hours. Even after the Harvest Goddess is rescued you can continue farming to your heart's content. Unfortunately, the animals all die at some point, so there is always more work to be done. Pick up and play accessibility means you can leave it for a while and then come back to it or play it for short snippets during the day and come back to it later without worrying where your next save point is going to be.
After you purchase all of the upgrades and have been running the farm for a good few years, there isn't really anything to do that hasn't been done before. Introducing yourself to the local villagers is like watching Groundhog Day, every single day they will say the exact same thing to you and in the end you'll wonder why you bothered speaking to them in the first place.
I really like harvest moon as i like animals, anything to do wih earning money and making a lifestyle for yourself. This is the first harvest moon game that i owned on DS as i have got others on playstation and on the wii. I like this one as because a DS is portable you can play this game on the go which is a god idea on long journeys or if you've nothing to do as i do play my DS for a few hours a day.
This harvest moon does take ages to do everything and i've still not completed it and i've had it for over 3years now but i do go through stages where i don't play it for a few months then i'll play it for a further few months as i do tend to get bored and play something else. At this moment in time i am playing the newer version which is harvest moon sunshine islands.
On harvest moon there is a variety of things to do such as collect harvest spirits which i find hard to do, grow crops whic is really easy but does take time but it is the best way to make money and you can look after animas which are cows, sheep and chickens which you get milk, eggs and wool from this is also a good way to make money alhough it is also timely and they can become sick.
I am still going to play this game as i really want to complete it as there is so much to do, you just need to have the patience and the time to do everything on it.
A game based on farming simulation? Sounds pretty dull until you really think about it, growing crops to sell, tending animals, meeting villagers, acquiring items. If you don't like strategy games then you'll want to avoid the harvest moon franchise.
Harvest Moon DS is the best game for anyone with a business mind, a fondness for animals or a desire to form meaningful relationships with fictional simulated characters.
The game begins with a series of cut scenes revolving round the goddess of crops and a witch princess who 'accidentally' banishes the goddess to another dimension/time. She then accidentally sends creatures known as Harvest Sprites to the same place. Ultimately you appear and after telling the witch princess your name she decides she wants you to retrieve the sprites by working hard at your farm.
Once at your farm the fun can begin, you are accosted by a few different characters who tell you information such as the mayor telling you when the shipping will be collected. A Harvest Sprite is rescued pretty much straight away to teach you the basics through a tutorial channel available to watch at any time throughout the game. A second sprite tells you what the weather forecast will be- and is amazingly accurate everytime.
Once the game begins you need to prepare the land for farming an activity demonstrated in one of the tutorial videos. It is not a bad idea to spend the first day doing this and exploring the surrounding town. To grow crops you need to order seeds from the supermarket via the phone in your house, the phone is your way to order other things such as upgraded tools, new buildings for your farm and animals to care for.
Time passes quickly with a clock displaying 10 minute interval based time as well as the day of the week and the season you are currently in. It also tells you how far through each season you are. All of this is essential to playing the game as any shipments must be made by 5pm after this time anything you store in the bin you will lose. Its also important to be aware of the days of the week as certain places are only open on certain days. The passing of each season means you can only grow certain crops at certain times and any crops that are unharvested on the first day of a new season will be lost forever. Once shipped your crops will bring in different amounts of money depending on what they are and how long they take to grow.
Another element to this game is the animal care, you shouldn't buy an animal until you have built an appropriate shelter as they will become unhappy and won't produce anything for you. In this game you can buy chickens, sheep and cows. All of which are lucrative purchases, the chickens lay eggs, cows produce milk and sheep can be sheared daily for wool. You will have to feed them daily as well as ensuring you say hello to check their health. If sick you will need to buy medicine for them. They cost you money to own, feed and heal but do produce something for you to ship daily which is especially useful in winter. Ducks appear at your farm when you build a pond for them to land in and you can care for them in the same way as chickens.
Building shelters is costly but worthwhile. To make building cheaper the best thing to do is to collect stone and wood otherwise you will have to pay for the material and the labour. Once built the buildings can be used to store your materials and animals. You can build from 4 different materials, fodder, lumber, stone and gold lumber. Choosing your material is important as if you don't choose a good material the building may collapse so best to try and save up to invest in a better material.
To build up relationships with female members of the town you will have to give them gifts, its a little sexist but if all men gave us gifts we'd fall in love too. You have to give them the right gifts and a lot of them to win their hearts. The colour of the heart in the bottom of the screen will change as they begin to develop an interest in you. Giving girls gifts is a good way to lighten your rucksack of things you find in the town.
The aim of the game is to manage your farm and help it to thrive, you also have the secondary aim of retrieving the harvest sprites. You can really only do this by carrying out tasks daily and eventually unlocking them. If you need help on your farm you can pay the sprites to do some work for you such as watering your crops.
The town consists of 2 islands joined by a bridge, you can visit all areas on the map during one day if you want to. Though your farm may be a bit neglected if you choose to do this. One thing to be aware of in this game is the way your character gets tired out very quickly and if a skull appears above his head you should stop work and find some food to restore his stamina. Even if your crops haven't grown you can forage for restorative ingredients in the town's open fields. If you don't eat and continue working you will end your day abruptly and lose some money as a forfeit.
The great thing about this game is that because each day only lasts for 15 minutes or so you can play it on a train or bus journey and achieve quite a lot. The phone option makes buying things a lot more convenient and you are able to store a lot of items at one time. Each time you play you can explore new options, such as improving your relationships or trying to maximise your profits as early as possible. The game has a great longevity because of this which makes it well worth the money you'll pay for it. The game is currently available for around £20 from retailers such as Amazon, you can also pick up a second hand copy for around £10.
Graphically the game is pretty good and I can't really fault it, it has chosen a style and sticks with it throughout the game. Everything is clear and the scenery is pretty detailed.
If you're looking for a DS game for a child this christmas, this game should give them hours of fun, the animals are very cute and it will teach them a bit about money management at the same time. It will keep them quiet for hours and isn't that why you brought them a DS? If its more for you, you'll be thoroughly entertained too unless as I mentioned earlier strategy games aren't for you.
Harvest moon DS is a great game for kids but does have its up and down sides.
On this game, you play a boy and an evil witch has taken the place over and made all of the harvest spirits disappear! It is your job to run a farm and help to get all of the harvest spirits back! You can have different things build on your farm, such as animal sheds and you can also buy different animals to put in them! You can also get a girlfriend and get married!
This is a great game and I found it lots of fun caring for my farm! It was so realistic, every day you had to water your crops, feed your animals and make sure that they were all happy and ok! There is even a mine on there where you can go mining to help you make money!
The graphics on this game are good for a DS and everything is clear and easy to see!
The massive downside to this game is that after I got lots of money and managed to buy most things I could, I found I got very bored of this game. It is so so hard, trying to get all the Harvest Spirits, I have no idea how they expect children to be able to do it.
I would recommend this game to anyone over the age of 10. They will have a better understanding of this game and will find the game easier to play!
A few years after Harvest Moon DS came out to the shops, I finally decided to purchase it for my daughter. When it first came around it was probably around £29.99 as that is what Amazon states, though now the current price from Amazon is £17.99.
As you may guess from the games title the game is all about a little child working and helping out on the farm for his Dad. There are many things he will need to do throughout the game. Nearly all the features need you to use the touch screen, and at some points the handling can get very tricky and so will take quite some time to compete.
Raising animals and growing crops is the main adaptive feature throughout the game. It does get very addictive at times. The more you process through the game, the more animals you get to keep, the more land and farming space you get, and the more plants and crops you get to grow.
The minigames are not good nor bad, a few can be highly recommended whereas a few can be a total disaster. And as you may of guess you will need to use the touch screen as well for the minigames. Some of the games consist you of simply grooming your horses and cows, and there will be hearts appearing throughout the level if you do a great job.
The whole feature of only using the touch screen in my view is totally bad, as in some points its kind of hard to use, even for us adults! And as of the previous GBA version you could use the control pad so really that is even better than the advanced DS version.
The graphics are not to bad, and as it is the DS many of the games are made to be cartoony so in my eyes the games graphics are prefect. Then there is the sound. It can get really annoying with distance sounds keep on repeating over and over again, especially when the cow keeps on going ''MOOOOO''!
At of nearly all the games you will however need to do everything against the clock which is again really bad. The little users may find it hard to do some courses really fast. The game states it is suitable for ages of 3 and above though in my eyes it definitely has to be a 7 and above!
Overall it is definitely not a recommended game. My daughter however seems to like it and keeps her glued to it for a couple of hours daily or so that is the only reason why I can give it a 3 star. If you don't have the game already I really would not advice you to do so.
I had harvest moon for christmas and i was expecting a sim-esque style game, where you run a small little farmers life.. raising animals and planting food.
I have to say i was a little disappointed although that could be because i give up fairly easily again and actually have no idea what i was meant to be doing.
I dont think i am completely to blame though, as from reading online walk throughs i can see that it takes a lot of work to get anywhere in the game. Unline the sims games where you can simply cruise along but having fun while you do so.
To begin with in the game you have to make a main character, name a cat, a dog and a horse.
Throughout the game you are able to buy other animals such as sheep, cows, ducks etc however i have never been able to build a pond due to the expense of doing so.
Instead I stuck to milking cows and shearing the sheep, which took a lot of effort and was not all that rewarding.
I managed to unlock some of the elf life creatures but didnt know what on earth to do with them or to ask for their help, again this is probably down to my lack of care or what not.
Throughout the game i spent most of my time collecting flowers and fruits from other fields and gaining my money that way.
Overall from my experience i think harvest moon is undoubtably one of the most monotonous games i have ever played, although im probably one of the only people who think that.
this is the first harvest moon game that i have ever played, it starts out where a witch sends the harvest fairy/goddess/woman to another demension and doesnt know how to get her back. so she leaves it up to us to find the harvest sprites who the witch sent after her to help us find her. the game is about farming and growing crops and looking after animals, i have not got any animals yet so as of yet i am only still growing crops, you are a farmer who has to plant, water and tend to the crops and pick them once they are fully grown, sounds rather boring but as my crops where growing i was actually getting into going and gettin the water and watering them and then picking them and selling them to the mayor. also when you go to certain places or do certain things then you find harvest sprites who give you tips and help you on your quest, the storyline seems good up to the point that i am at in the game and it does keep you interested due to the fact that it keeps off certain parts of the farming until you have met certain requirements or have completed a quest. all in all this is a good little game and is suitable for the younger gamers that may be amoung us as well as an older gamer who is coming home from work and wants to do a little mind numbing gaming to relax. so i reccomend this game to anyone has a ds or even whos kids have a ds
This is another great addition to the Harvest moon games. Another addicting, exciting, fun and satisfying game. I really love this!
The Nintendo DS game is loads better than its predecessors. There are more characters, more secrets to unlock, more surprises, more items, more events, more recipes, more places and more challenges! Everyone will love this game. Farming, animal husbandry, village life rolled into one game, Harvest Moon. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and at the same time not travel, then just play this game! There are also more girls to choose from (even a mermaid!). This is a bit harder and that's what makes it better.
I guess one of the really good things about Harvest moon is you learn along with your character. You learn how to be patient, how to work hard, how to take care of animals, how to farm, you learn loads. I recommend it to everyone and anyone. This is really addicting, I promise you'll get hooked.
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I purchased this because i was a fan of games such as mysims,final fantasy and other games that involved role playing.
In this game you get to be a farmer and raise horses,cows,sheep,chickens and ducks.You can also grow crops,go digging in the mines and get married/start a family.
I realise that not everyone likes this type of game but if its your thing this game will last you hours and hours.The main task of the game is to find the 101 harvest sprites and bring the harvest goddess back.Sounds simple but some of the sprites are hard to find.When this is done or before its done there are loads of other things to do.
Obviously this is one of the main things that you can do.Different crops can be grown in different months.Seeds can be bought from the supermarket and once you have got enough sprites back you can also buy some crops from them.
One of the things i like doing the most in the game.You start of with one main area to explore and this will get you materials such as copper,silver and gold.Once you have reached the bottom of this(levels 1-10),the next set of caves open up.In this one there are more precious materials such as diamonds etc.I think there is a third but i haven't opened it up yet.In the caves you can also find items such as sunblock,perfume etc,the items change from season to season.
At various times in the year the village has different events such as who can cook the best dish or who has the best cow.I have never bothered with these but i would assume that they would probably bring back a sprite.
Having enjoyed a few games from the Harvest Moon series, seeing this one advertised made me grab it quick.
The basics of the game are simple; you own a farm, you grow crops, raise livestock, make money, get married, have kids, voila. Boring? Could depend on your own take, but mine is far from boring on this game or the others I have played in the series. With the sideline and big chunk to the storyline being that a Witch Princess has banished the Harvest Goddess, as well as 101 Harvest Sprites to another world, your job is to figure out how to bring each one back to save the Goddess. Some are easy enough to bring back whilst others are more difficult. Even getting married plays its role, several bachelorettes with a pulsing heart which starts off as black, you gift them with what they like, avoid what they don't, hit on several events with them to up their liking of you, then you can marry them. How? I still need to find out for myself, actually, I'm still fairly new to the game but refuse to put it down when I get time to spare.
On your farm you grow crops, raise livestock, and build new buildings for various uses as well as increasing your house size, while purchasing various items from the shopping channel (once you release the right Sprite, that is) and making your place look more full than just a bed, phone, and bookcase.
Gameplay is pretty simple though it's 3+ rating is pushing the boundaries a tad, perhaps 5-7+ would be more appropriate, however the simplicity of this game can even be the most difficult at times (as stated before, the Sprites can be difficult to obtain). For the right person this can keep you playing for hours and even in-game years. For others, couple of hours and it either gathers dust or hits on the sale shelves in various stores.
Graphically the game permits itself the simplicity of its predecessors, besides the times where you see the faces of people talking on your lower screen which matches the graphics of the later Gameboy series or starter of the DS, it's not an eyesore but it does give you the feel of the older Harvest series (though not as old as the SNES or pre-GBA graphics, it cuts past that).
Soundwise I have enjoyed the music themes in the older games, and I do so enjoy them again in this DS version, however some parts of the time there is no music, you may hear nature sounds but that's about it, and a few of the "holidays" the tune can make you turn the volume down on the DS and up on the news program.
Overall, if you own an older (as in, beginning version) of this DS game, you may be aware of the slight glitch that causes the game to freeze every once in a while, and also I hear the possibility of a game file becoming unreadable. This is a Natsume glitch in the making of this game, not the cartridge itself, I hear it was fixed in later productions though as I have an older cartridge, I'm unable to see this true. The freezing can be a turn-off from this game, so save save save regularly, just in case, but it is a minor thing, easily turn off and on the console and go from where you saved (hopefully not too long ago in the game, or there'll be flying Harvest Moon).
My overall rating for this game would be 4/5; graphics 5/5, gameplay 4/5, music 4/5.
I had seen recommendations for Harvest Moon on other websites, and it had always done quite well, so I thought I would buy it and try it for myself.
There is something exciting about unwrapping a new game and playing it for the first time. I put it in, and had the introduction of a fairy style story where I had to scroll through the story which appeared in text, with some basic accompanying graphics.
I eventually got through the text and realised the premise was to grow my own plants on my farm and sell them. I had to dig the land, sow the seeds, water the plants and then sell the finished products. I seemed to spend all of my "Harvest Moon" day watering and collecting, and on the odd occasion where I had enough time to get out of the farm and explore the village, I found myself wandering round and round looking at nothing but pathways.
I found this game very tedious, and a bit too much like hard work for my liking. The story was a very simple kiddy story, but the game play I found to be not easy enough to be aimed at young kids, but too tedious and boring to play as an adult.
I wouldnt recommend this game.
In the office I work in, when the weather is nice, we go for a walk at lunchtime to get the blood flowing round the body again rather than just sitting in our feet having been sat down all morning. As weel as the good exercise, it's nice to have a break from work as it is so very ewasy to end up back at your desk having had your lunch and often you end up working again. However, during the winter months it is often the case that the weather is not suitable for walking in, so what can you do to ensure you take a break at lunch?
Having got bored of spending so much time on the internet during my lunch breaks I turned to playing games. I got an old SNES and a few games at a boot fair and set it up at work so I could play some classics during my lunch.
One of the games I got was Harvest Moon. I'd heard of it but never played it so I gave it a go. Basially you play the part of a young lad whose parents have left you to run the farm. You have to prepare the land, sow the seeds, water everything and eventually harvest your crops ready to sell them. You can also raise chickens and cows. ALso along the way you can meet and talk to lots of characters and if you are lucky you can even meet some girls and maybe marry them.
It sounded quite fun and I started playing it, I prepareed some fields, chopped lots of wood to make fences, broke up stones that were in my way and ploughed the fields ready for planting seeds. All the time you are doing this the day slowly turns from morning to noon to evening then to night. Some how you have to get everything done and get some sleep so you have energy for the next day.
I was really enjoying it and having planted some seeds and watering them every day they started to grow and eventually I ended up with some crops ready for harvesting and selling. It really did feel like a sense of acvhievement.
I was enjoying it so much that I decided to get a copy of the most recent version which had been released on the DS.
Again I started off well, preparing fields, ploughing, sowing seeds watering etc and all was well. And within a short while I was running around the village talking to people digging up herbs chopping wood, growing crops, all sorts of things but then it dawned on me that what I was doing was actually quite stressful as there was so much to do and you only had a limited amount of time and energy to get everything done. I like playing games to relax and this for me was anything but relaxing. Although I had been addicted to it for a couple of weeks I very soon stopped playing altogether and had lost all interest in the game.
The graphics look about as good as you can get on the DS, the sound is ok. The control system is very good, making everything nice and easy to do.
Although I got bored and gave up playing, this game has huge amounts to do, as well as running the farm there are loads of characters to interact with, you can make friends and try to eventually marry the women, you can extend you house etc all of which give this game a long life, if unlike me, you continue to find it fun. If you enjoy role playing games you will probably enjoy this an awful lot. If you havea shorter attention span then maybe it's one to give a miss.
Overall, it's a great game but not one that everyone will enjoy. I have rated it as I had because undoubtedly there is masses to do and for the right person it would be great but for me it was too stressful and got boring too quickly.
I got very excited when i saw my daughter had received Harvest Moon for her DS on her birthday. Lately I had seen it advertised more and more on tv and it looked like a game I could easily get lost in.
My poor daughter didn't stand a chance as I whisked it away from her after a couple of hours, on the promise that I would have a look at how it worked and help her play the game!
The general idea of Harvest Moon is to run your own farm, growing crops, rearing animals and making lots of money in the form of Gold to increase your business.
As I said that is the general idea, there is of course a lot more to the game than this. The storyline starts you off with a fairy who casts a spell and makes 101 sprites disappear into different worlds. It's your mission to find all these sprites and bring them back to save the fairy queen. Sounds simple enough right? Well 101 is a lot to find. There are different types of sprites and they do different things to help you out during the game such as harvesting crops for you, watering crops, gathering equipment etc. etc. They can all be found as you do certain things within the game, and I am still learning as I go along with where they may pop up next, but it's nice when you realise you've obviously completed a certain goal as you find another sprite hiding beneath a rock for example.
Different aspects of the game can only be completed at certain times for example, there are four different seasons, each of which will last for 30 days. During each season only certain seeds and crops can be planted, and once that season has ended you cannot harvest anything from them anymore.
So as we start out on our new farm which has nothing but empty field and a house and stable, you are presented with a cat and a dog, which you have to name. There is also a horse stable as I just mentioned so a horse is to be found somewhere. I managed to get my horse after a few days and I wont give it away here how I did it, but it was a heavily debated question between me and my daughter as to how we were going to find this horse.
Your little farm house consists of a phone which you can use to phone the various shops to buy your produce etc. from and upgrade your tools needed for farming. This is all explained to you at the beginning of the game, as well as the differing factors such as the weather and how that may affect your game play during the different seasons of the year.
The game isn't played in real time which is a bonus for me as I find those games quite tedious to progress through. Instead 30 seconds equals about ten minutes of the day which makes each day go quite fast and you find yourself rushing to get all your chores done within the time you have before you run out of energy or it gets too dark.
To be able to progress you will need to build more buildings on your farm which will cost a fortune if you aren't lucky enough to collect enough materials from around the town yourself (a very time consuming process).
So you will need to make lots of money. This is done by collecting and selling items, growing your own crops and selling them. There are various ways of making more gold and I'll leave you to work that out yourself. After all I had to!
The controls of the game are very simple and you can use both the touch screen and the cursor controls to control the character as well as the menu functions needed to complete the game.
The menu consists of the lower touch screen only and operates the viewable map of the town so you can see where you and everything else is, there is also the backpack where you can see what you are holding, and be able to change you active item, the help channels which are there to give you advice on game play etc., and also your stats on all your items you have collected.
The general idea of the game is fairly unique and you would have to play the game for a very long time to complete every aspect of the game. As with many, there are various mini games within the overall game to encourage you to gain access to other areas.
I have been playing for a month or so now and my daughter and I often compare notes on what they have found and how they did it. We help each other out and to be honest it's a good thing we do, as with all games it can be played on a very simple level, but if you're like me then you will want to complete all aspects and I like exploring to find out the various secret parts.
The graphics of the game are fairly simple and can be a little bit blocky as you go from scene to scene, but considering the basic ness of the general idea of having a town to explore it doesn't affect game play in the slightest.
This game is suitable for 3+, but to be honest I would say you need to be at least eight or so to be able to understand the game.
Retailing at £29.99 I think it's a good investment for long term game play.
Please note this review is also published on Ciao where I am also a member.
In this game you get to be a farmer, so basically you get to sit back and moan about the fact that you cannot move your livestock due to the latest bout of infections, game over all done, well not exactly but to be honest the actual game is about as satisfying to play.
The storyline is a bit convoluted but basically you have to grow crops in order to bring the Harvest Goddess back from a different dimension. Basically you have a farm on which you must grow crops, as you accumulate gold from selling the crops you can expand your operation and build ne w farm buildings you can even use the money to get yourself a wife which could take the form of a mermaid if you are into that sort of thing.
Like most sim style games the action takes place linked to the clock and you have to balance your work life regime otherwise if you work too hard you will collapse and have to spend time recovering.
The main problem is that this game lacks any sort of excitemen and despite a few strange quirks to it I found that I was soon bored with it after a few hours gameplay. Visually it is ok although there is a lack of depth to the town, the bottom screen is used solely for inventory management and the sylus is hardly ever needed.
Not a game I would recommend however there are better simlation games out there to be enjoyed.