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Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness (DS)

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Genre: Simulation - Life / Release Date: 2008-12-12 / Published by Nintendo

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      17.03.2010 22:29
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      2 out of 5. Disadvantages far outweigh the advantages

      Harvest Moon is a game were it sees you take over an old beaten up farm and restore it to its former glory. All of the Harvest moon games are generally the same whether it be that you take over the farm from your uncle or grandad and have the same sort of gameplay in each.

      In this particular one you start off by taking over the farm, naming it and generally finding out were everything is about the island such as the local shop were you can buy seeds and various items to woo girls with such as chocolates and various other shops selling cattle and anything you might need to keep them.

      Once you've done this you can then look to your field and start crackin rocks with your hammer, cutting stumps with your axe and using your sickle on weeds with the ultimate goal of making the land good for growing crops. During different seasons you can plant different crops and spend a considerable amount of time each day by watering them and eventually picking them to sell.

      Different types of crops can include potatoes, carrots, onions and so on. They all take different amounts of time to grow which means you can stagger when you plant them to achieve the best results.

      You have various items in your rucksack such as a sickle, axe, watering can, hammer and pickaxe which can all be upgraded throughout the game to make your job a lot easier. Your house can also be upgraded along with the barn and stables to allow you to farm more animals. Animals can produce jobs such as brushing them, feeding them and milking them.

      This game is quite time consuming if you want to see any kind of results out of it at all and is fun for a while however the novelty does wear off rather quickly when you're doing the same laborious tasks day after day such as watering crops and smashing rocks. You can sometimes find that if you have a few animals and a lot of crops it can be hard to get everything done in a day especially since there is a small meter which only allows you to work so much in a day.

      Whilst doing all of the normal everyday tasks you may also find time to 'woo' a girl by buying her chocolates and picking flowers for her in the hope that she will marry you some day.

      I played another of the Harvest Moon games on the playstation one and found it quite easy to control as the buttons were very straightforward. Unfortunately this was not the case on the Ds version.

      In short, its a fun game for a while but I quite quickly got sick of it due to bad controls and boring repetitive tasks. In my opinion the game is overpriced due to these factors.

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