Excerpt: Harvest Moon DS was one of those titles I was very excited to get from Natsume. Sadly my excitement waned when I ran into all the goddess garbage that infects this video game. Players spend most of their time picking up grass, rocks, and logs keeping the land clean. Then the land can be tilled, and seeds can be planted. Water the plants, and once they grow to the right point they can be picked. Money is made by putting items in the box for the mayor.
Excerpt: First there was stitch ‘em ups, then life ‘em ups, now Nintendo have presented us with a new instalment of a long-running franchise – the Harvest Moon farm ‘em up. Having been a fan of Harvest Moon, both on its Snes and Gameboy Color incarnations, I was extremely keen to get my hands on a copy of Harvest Moon DS. Imagining utilising the touch-screen to use tools, pick crops and care for my animals gave me a warm glow inside.
Excerpt: There comes a time in every reviewer's life when he has to break down and play a game he knows he won't like, within a genre he doesn't particularly care for. I can knock out SimCity games one after the other, but something about Harvest Moon games has always seemed... unfinished. Granted, I've only played two previous iterations of the series, but that's the entire problem: whether I'm playing on a Super Nintendo, Gamecube, or DS, I'm essentially playing the same game.
Excerpt: Ah, winter. While global warming trends may or may not have delivered the expected seasonal chill and covering of snow, we once again find it time to revisit the weird, yet strangely compelling world of the farming RPG. The generally quirky, usually lovable
series continues to release one pleasant variation after another, with a standard of quality approaching that of earlier entries in the
series (the exception to this rule being the horrible...
Conclusion: To me, this game seemed to be half-assed in the initial design phase. They took what made Harvest Moon good, but slapped a shitty universe on top of it. I will not recommend this game for this reason, but I do suggest looking at either one of the Harvest Moon titles on the GameCube, or the GBA’s Mineral Town version. These other games will give you a better indication on how good a Harvest Moon game can be.
Excerpt: Welcome back to Forget-Me-Not Valley, home of Harvest Moon. As in many rural areas, things haven't moved on much since the last time we visited over three years ago in the GBA's Friends Of Mineral Town. The pace of life on the farm is still as slow as ever, the locals are still charming and, despite being a farmer, you still don't have a combine harvester. Outrageous!