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Harvest Moon DS Island of Happiness
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Harvest Moon DS Island of Happiness is a vast improvement over the last Harvest Moon video game we reviewed here at Family Friendly Gaming. Players get shipwrecked on an island, and decide to settle, and make it a better place to live. Clean up the grass, rocks, flowers, etc. Plant crops, and then take care of animals. Items are put in a bin to be shipped off the island, and this gives the player money.
Excerpt: Good ol' Harvest Moon : it's RPG comfort food and invites warm and squishy feelings on the inside. Not every entry captures this feeling, and the DS iterations in particular have been more miss than hit with Harvest Moon fans. Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness is the third DS title in the series, and despite sporting a lot of potential, it fails miserably on so many levels that even the most hardcore Harvest Moon fans tell people to avoid it.
Excerpt: If you were born in the 80s or early 90s, you are probably familiar with Harvest Moon game series that started from SNES. It was one of the most epic farming role-playing sim game ever created with its simplicity and cute 2D characters. The game was so well-received, Natsume produced a couple more variations out of the first original game.
Excerpt: Farming, raising livestock, marrying people – none of this is a big surprise. What's different? I liked the idea of developing and unlocking an entire island in addition to my farm, and online leaderboards add a new element of competition to the franchise. Unfortunately, bad mechanics and ho-hum gameplay progression bring things down.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is the latest release in a series of simulation games that all focus on farming, raising livestock, and finding a spouse. While this E-rated game has no offensive material, it's a game with frustrating controls and a reward system that is slow to reveal new content. As such, it is a tremendous time suck for children without much corresponding reward.
Summary: Your plans to start a new life for yourself were drastically changed when the ship you were on board was destroyed by a tropical storm. Now you find yourself stranded on an isolated island with a family of four from the ship. However, it seems that the island once was inhabited before…what happened to the people that used to live there?
Excerpt: It’s been ten years since a quirky game that fused farming with dating sim first appeared on the Super Nintendo. Since then, Harvest Moon has spawned countless games and appeared on just about every system. Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS, which commemorates the series’ ten year history, brings together a mix of tried and true elements and a few new twists.
Excerpt: Harvest Moon is celebrating its tenth birthday this year — no small feat for any franchise — and Natsume is celebrating that anniversary with their latest addition to the series, Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS. Like most Harvest Moon games, Island of Happiness is quite lengthy. After thirty hours of gameplay I managed to make it through the first year of the game.
Excerpt: I'm really glad I'm not a farmer. There are many obvious reasons for this. Being a farmer means performing hard, manual labor for long hours in sometimes harsh conditions. Being a farmer means depending on the vicissitudes of the weather and the global food market for your livelihood. Being a farmer means facing competition from huge, multinational agri-business conglomerates. The list goes on.