== HARVEST MOON MAGICAL MELODY ==
The Harvest Moon games have been one of my favourite game series of all time since the very first one way back on the SNES. Harvest Moon Magical Melody is just like all the other Harvest Moon games and requires you to live your life in a town and run a farm from pretty much out of nothing. Harvest Moon Magical Melody is a social simulation game and is a massive amount of fun. The game is available for the Wii and GameCube. The only major difference between the two games is that the GameCube version allows you to choose your gender for the character at the start of the game but the Wii doesn't and you have to be the boy. Marvelous Interactive developed the game and Natsume published it. One of the good things about most of the Harvest Moon games is the story. In Magical Melody the story is equally as good and its an enjoyable one. Also you must have a Wii remote and Nunchuck to play this game.
You take the role of a boy who has been guided to this small town (which you name) and he receives permission from the mayor to buy a piece of land to open up a farm. After successfully choosing the farm the boy decides to sleep. He has what he thought was a dream about the towns Harvest Goddess who has turned herself to stone because of the town folk. The boy wakes up next morning with somebody at the door and as he answers he is surprised to find a bunch of little people known as Harvest Sprites. They tell him it wasn't a dream and he must collect 100 music notes to save the Harvest Goddess. Can you find the notes and save the Harvest Goddess?
=== GAMEPLAY ===
This is where the game is unbelievably amazing. There is so much you can do on the Harvest Moon games and this one is no different. The aim of the game is to take a ugly looking piece of land and turn it into a dream farm where you can live and raise a family. The game is basically free roaming as you can explore anywhere in the game except for the winter cave. You can take a stroll through the town and meet and greet all the members of the town. At the start of the game your given the choice of 3 different places to start your farm. I did find this a bit silly really because later on you have to buy the other parts to expand anyway. If you explore the town and other areas around town you will notice a lot of different items such as logs, weeds, fruit, rocks and many more. Most of these can be sold to make money. If you do come across logs you can use your axe to cut it up to make lumber. Lumber is used for when you go see the builder to create new buildings or expand current buildings. Near enough everything in the game costs money especially building. It costs both money and a certain amount of lumber.
The main part of the game is growing your own crops and raising animals on your farm whilst your in the hunt for a girlfriend/wife or even a family. There are four different seasons on the game and these include the obvious summer, spring, fall and winter. Each one has different seeds that can be planted on your farm. When your crops are fully grown you can harvest them and either sell them or keep them. There are so many things you can do with crops and this is one of the most enjoyable parts to the game. You can use crops for cooking, you can give them to villagers to make them happy and be your friend or you can just eat them to refill stamina. Just like in real life your character gets tired after working long hours. He has a stamina meter in the bottom right corner of the screen. You have to watch that carefully because no end of times I have forgotten and ended up collapsing. You also get to name your character/farm and animals. There are lots of different animals in the game but only a select few that you can keep as pets or to make money. You have a dog which lives with you. You can have chickens to lay eggs for your to make profit, cows to produce milk to sell for money or sheep to use for wool. All of these can be used to make a hefty bit of cash or your can use eggs and milk for cooking. Sheep and cows can get pregnant with a miracle potion. Also you can get a horse on the game to ride around on which I found a lot better because the town is quite big and takes ages to explore on foot. You also get a pig which for some reason lives in your house. He'll go out and find you rare mushrooms.
Along with your house comes furniture. The furniture you start with is really poor. You start with a TV, shelf, box, fridge and a knife set. TV is used to see what the next days weather will be like or to check other channels. Shelf can store your items, box stores all your tools used for farming and the fridge and knife set are used for your cooking and storing needs. Later on you can buy many other bits for your house from the junk shop. There are also other shops for buying seeds, animals or even food. I do like the way this Harvest Moon is designed and I also feel like its very similar to the old PS1 version Harvest Moon Friends Of Mineral Town. There are a lot of tools in the game that do come in handy. The tools available are a watering can, fishing rod, scythe, hammer, brush, milker, shears, pedometer and a whole lot more. You also have a rucksack in the game but it can only carry a certain amount of items. It starts off with only 5 spaces but in the junk shop you can upgrade it to a newer version. You can go mining, fishing or even go to festivals the town host. These festivals are fantastic in the game and definitely make it more fun to play. Some of these festivals feature mini games and if you win your awarded with a nice surprise.
One of the best parts of the game is trying to become friends with everyone in the town. There are also a number of girls that can fall in love with you. Pick from about ten different girls and try make her fall for you. Talk to her everyday, give her a gift a day and also take part in festivals with her and before you know it shes madly in love with you. You can also have her move in, get married to her and even have a kid. The game does have a few disappointing bits such as the motion sensitive controls. For example I had an itch on my head when playing and because I moved my hand up my character started whacking my poor cow with a hammer. The controls are really sensitive when used. Also the annoyance of watering your plants everyday especially when you think your about to water them and your watering can is empty or your actually watering the wrong plant. The game is really repetitive but thats exactly how its meant to be and it really works well. Also time goes fairly quick in the game but you can play unlimited years in the game and it never ends. Everything about Harvest Moon is brilliant and thats why its one of my best ever games. Running a farm and starting a family fit perfectly into a game. I loved the fact there is so much you can do and the story is actually decent. Kids will love this game and so will adults. If you've played Farm Ville on Facebook then you will love this and its a lot better!
=== GRAPHICS & SOUND EFFECTS ===
Both aspects to Harvest Moon have always been a little weak and its no different in this game. The graphics really don't look all that well. The characters are probably the best designed parts in the game. The town is designed okay. Its quite big and lots more villagers turn up later on in the game. Everything else just isn't up to top standards but in all honesty it doesn't let the game down that much. Also the sound effects are a little strange at times. Most animals sound good and actually sound like the animal they are. The dog you have is a fantastic dog but it sounds more like a pigeon with the way it barks and squeaks. Also your character doesn't even talk which is a disappointment and all he does is wave his hands about. I wasn't keen on the farming sound effects at all and feel they could of been improved a lot. The game does feature a few quality effects though and one being the music in the game is superb and is exactly what to expect from a Harvest Moon game. The different weather effects look and sound great. Overall its a mixed opinion for both aspects to the game.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
harvest Moon is the type of game aimed at all different gamers for fun and for serious play. Harvest Moon Magical Melody is a very simple game once you get the hang of it. At first it can seem a challenge but once you've played it a couple of hours you will just about know everything there needs to know about the game and it shouldn't cause you a problem. The controls are fairly simple and the hardest part of the game would be trying to make a girl fall for you but thats not entirely hard. The games length has always been fantastic. I find you can play this game just for fun because its not the competitive type of game. Also this harvest moon is endless. Once you've finished the main story mode you can still play to grow crops and continue a farming life. The only time the game ends is if you marry a girl called Jamie. Overall both aspects are perfect for everyone to enjoy.
=== GOOD BITS ===
*Its a farming game but features a variety and has something for everyone.
*Meet the girl of your dreams, get married and start a family.
*Upgrade and build new buildings such as a chicken coop or barn.
*Take part in cooking, fishing and even mining.
*Take part in festivals and join in some of the mini games available.
=== BAD BITS ===
*The graphics and sound effects are a little weak.
*A multiplayer option would be great.
*An online option would even be better.
*Could be a little easy for some gamers and some might not like the repetitive side to the game.
*Its not on Xbox 360 or PS3!
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
I will start by saying the game manual to this game is the best I have ever seen to a game. It features absolutely everything a game manual should feature and it offers a ton of information about the game and about troubleshooting. I was very impressed because its colorful as well.
Harvest Moon is almost a realistic game and to be fair there isn't many of those around today. Harvest Moon Magical Melody is definitely one of the best in the game serious in my opinion and this is due to the variety. It could be improved in places but so can every other game. I would seriously recommend the game to just about everybody. Its fun and a brilliant game to play. One of the worst things its so addictive and if you start playing you probably wont stop.
I bought the game really cheap from Amazon for about £3.52 including postage. Its that cheap because its from 2007 but don't let the age of the game put you off. If you have kids they'll love this. There are many similar games to this such as Rune Factory, other Harvest Moon games and Animal Crossing.
Despite the poor graphics and lackluster sound effects I would give Harvest Moon Magical Melody a 9/10!
Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
Having played Harvest Moon in the Game Cube I was very excited to see a Wii version was being released and waited in eager anticipation of it's release!
Harvest Moon isn't for everyone and I'd go as far as to say it's probably a Marmite game, you either love it or hate it.
The basic idea is that you're a young farmer with a small patch of land and your aim is to farm the land and raise livestock to earn money, to expand the farm and eventually to find a girl to marry. Along the way you get to roam around the village interacting with all the characters (and animals!) you meet.
It really is a lovely game and I can spend hours and hours planting crops and milking cows! The actual farming gets a little repetitive before you get the chance to upgrade your tools (check out the mine for bronze, silver and gold ore!) but once you're all upgraded it's much quicker and leaves you more time to venture out and about. Talking to people you meet will give you hints and ideas whilst giving them gifts may mean they do you a good deed in return. You can spend time fishing, chopping wood/breaking stones for a new house, picking wild flowers, eating at the inn - the activities are almost endless.
You also need to remember you want a wife (!!) and take gifts for all the girls in town - or just the one if you've got your eye on a pretty lady in particular! Some of the girls are easier to woo than others so you can set yourself a challenge if you like a girl that's playing hard-to-get!
The basic controls are easy to master, the fine controls a little more tricky but you get there with a little practice. It'd be nice to play as a female farmer (being a girl myself!) but it's no big deal. I really rate Harvest Moon and if you liked the Game Cube version or you play Farmville then this is well worth a try.
After playing Harvest moon on the Nintendo DS (never actually finished it but love playing it) we made a family purchase for the wii so that we could all play and watch together. What a big disappointment, the game is not at all what I was expecting, like the DS game you have to be a boy you can't decide what sex to be which is fine but you would think that the developers would have added some extra options. Don't buy this game expecting to use the wii remote at all, you basically just use the joystick and buttons which makes me wonder why Nintendo made it accessible for the wii. I found it quite difficult to work out what controls to use for certain functions, the instruction booklet is helpful to a point but does not explain how to do some of the most used functions like filling your watering can!
I wish there was a way to skip the beginning as it feels like you are watching a movie not playing a game, it seems to go on for ages and ages and there is no way to skip it!!
Having played and enjoyed many harvest moon games in the past, i was eager to try out a game on the Wii. I had images of me running around, stroking cows with the Wii controller, and watering plants happily by tipping the Wii remote like a watering can. What i got, however, was not as fun...NOT FUN AT ALL!
After a long (boring) introduction, i can play my wierd looking character. trying to set up my farm was a VERY annoying and frustrating challenge.
After finally planting my seeds, watering became an unbareable task; aiming your character to the right plant you want to be watered was so poor i often gave up watering the plants.
The controls were just awful. Moving the wii controller a bit would mean you would use the tool in your hand (which,btw, took ages to figure how to get the tool into my hand), so i would hoe bits of land i didnt want to, waste water in my watering can so I'd have to run back and fill it up often. And when im low on energy, i would often pass out because i accidently used a tool.
I thought the controls ruined what could have been a decent game. Shame.
This has to be my favorite Wii game so far, i played it so much we had to set up a second tv in the lounge so that I could play while my boyfriend was watching the football!
While its not high energy its completely addictive, you have a little farm and have to grow crops, build a house and find a girl to marry. while collecting notes with which to free the harvest queen with. you get note for strange things like standing still, not taking to anyone all day and running out of cash! as well as every time you get to a certain number of stars with any of the available people in the village. In this version there will be a fake ending after you have collected 50 notes but you can keep playing the game afterwards.
you have to listen to what people are telling you as it gives clues to what present to give them-when you give martha some wool she will offer to make a new bigger bag for you, which is really handy! Ship a variety of item so that people join and don;t leave the village; play the mini games so when they pop up in the real game its a lot easier to win; give people presents that they like it will increase you heart level faster and don't drop any litter since that will lose you heart levesl with everyone in the village!
Horses with a crown can be sold for loads of money, this could be an alternative career to farming, which can get a bit boring at times!
****Harvest moon-magical melody****
I don't usually buy the same game on more than one device as there is usually so many games i want but since i loved the ds version i decided to give the wii version a try.
Harvest moon is a game where you can grow crops,raise livestock,go fishing , mining etc.Unlike the ds version you don't have to find 101 sprites.In this one the harvest goddess has turned to stone because no one except the harvest sprites believed in her.You have to find 50 magical "notes" that play a magical melody to revive her.
The first thing you have to do is pick where you want your farm to be,there are 3 places to choose from which is another difference to other versions where the farm is picked for you.Each have their good and bad points-i picked the one in the town as i like mining.
One thing i didn't like in the game is that you don't have the option to be male or female,you can only be male
Shops-As you progress in the game more and more shops will open.These include places such as a junk shop,cafe etc
Eating and cooking-Your energy plays a big part in this game.If you don't eat you can pass out.I find this quite annoying as i always forget to let my character eat.
House-This starts off quite basic but you are able to decorate both the inside and the outside to make it more personal.
Graphics-The graphics are good in this,very clear.
Controls-In this game you use both the wii remote and nunchuk.It is easy to master them but if you get stuck there is a page in the instructions to help.
I think this version is so much better than the ds.There is loads more to do and the graphics are a lot better.One feature i really like in this version is that there is mini games where up to 4 people can play.I havent put the price in as this changes all the time.I do think that this game is worth the money as there is loads to do in it from adding to your house to getting married and having kids!!
It is a relatively easy game and i think that kids would have no trouble with it.It does say 3+ on it which i think is a little young and i personally wouldnt let anyone that age play computer games at all.I would say it is okay for ages 7+ just because there are things to complete in it.