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Harvest Moon 64

by Natsume
Nintendo 64
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews) 78 / 100

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  • Number of Players Supported: 1 Player
  • There are 5 beautiful women to be chosen from, each having their own jobs and personalities.
  • At the end the player's parents come by and rate them after 2 and a half years of performance.

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  • ASIN: B00001ZWP8
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 3 x 0.3 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Game Cartridge
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,705 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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When Harvest Moon debuted on the Super NES video game system in 1997, some gamers figured the role-playing farming game would be about as much fun as watching corn grow. To the skeptics' surprise, the game's atypical premise and surprisingly compelling gameplay sparked an impressive fan following, turning the game into a bona fide sleeper hit. Now virtual farmers can relive the fun of the original in Nintendo 64's version, updated with beautiful 3-D graphics and a larger, more in-depth game world.

As in the original, Grandpa bailed on the old, neglected farm, leaving the player with the daunting task of making a living off the land, finding a wife and living happily ever after. (Did we mention that it's a challenging game?) Players first clear land for crops, venture to town for seed, tools, and farm animals, and cozy up to the town's five eligible women in hopes of making a love connection.

Much more than a plant-and-wait style game, various side quests keep players busy while the crops grow. The village is a socially active place, so mini-games pop up in the form of annual events, such as horse and dog races. In the winter, one can mine precious minerals or tackle an odd job here and there to keep food on the table and wood in the stove. With such a big, detailed game, you'll be playing until the cows... well, you get the idea. --Eric Twelker


It's hard not to refer to a game that's completely lacking any sort of violence and wherein your main concerns are planting a farm, raising animals, and finding a wife as "quirky." But "charming" comes to mind in this case also. Natsume's Harvest Moon 64 begins with your grandfather's wake. He's left you with a farm whose primary crops for the last few years have been weeds, large rocks, and tree stumps. You begin setting the ranch back on its feet by clearing the land and planting a modest staple of potatoes, radishes, and cabbage, but you have many tasks beyond this. You're going to need to acquire cows, sheep, and chickens if you're going to have anything to do over the long winter month (each season lasts thirty days). Your house requires additions such as a bathtub and a greenhouse, and your farm needs a flower garden if you're ever going to convince one of the women from the local village to marry you. Town events - such as harvest festivals, dances, horse and dog races, and group bridge-building - also demand your attention. And then, of course, you can always go fishing. It's as if the developer took every minigame that's ever appeared in an RPG, combined them, and made a game out of it. The gameplay itself revolves around a set of repetitive actions: You wake up in the morning, check the weather report, feed your animals, clear weeds, water your plants, harvest any new growth, and maybe you'll have enough time to stop by town before the shops close. With some exception, this occurs every day and can go on infinitely since there's no definitive end to the game. But it never quite gets as tedious as it may sound. You'll find yourself going into some strange alpha state where your only thoughts are on the tasks at hand (and maybe getting a new cow). It's very addictive, though not in the way that you'll be thinking about how you'd rather be playing it when you're doing something else. It's just very hard to walk away from it when you are playing. You'll need to know what's going to happen the next day, and you'll tell your friends when you accomplish a goal. "My cow had a calf!" "Eggplants!" They'll shake their heads at you, but will soon understand once they sit down to watch and become transfixed by it, too. There are several areas in Harvest Moon 64 that could stand improvement. The soundtrack is made up of only a few basic songs that you'll hear more than you'd prefer. Buildings drop out of the world when you visit an area where several structures appear onscreen at once. And you'll wish it were easier to line up your character with the plants when you're out watering the crops. But these problems don't do too much to get in the way of the game's charm though, since it's not the type of title that you expect a lot of flash and bang from. Though admittedly not for everyone, Harvest Moon 64 is a strangely compelling, original little game that makes hours melt away incomprehensibly.--Joe Fielder--Copyright © 1998 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review

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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wohooo! November 24, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My wait is finaly over! i have been waiting for Harvest Moon 64 to come out right when i beat Harvest Moon SNES. this is the greatest game ever created! You dont go around shooting things until their guts fly out thier ears like in other games. You take the role of a rancher trying to make it. You can plant crops and raise livestock, and watch them grow from day to day. The game goes though out the 4 seasons, and 30 days in each season. Each day is about 15 mins long, so you gotta hurry and get things done! If things get a little boring on the ranch, you can set out and explore the mountains. You also meet a lot of character rich people in the town, make friends, and even get married! This game never gets boring because theres so much to do! Its the perfect game for fans of Anime, or RPGs. Or you can go back to playing your mindless kill everyone games. Thanks, and hope you enjoy the best game ever made!
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 On My Wish List! December 1, 1999
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
What I liked about it was that it was nice to see a game that wasn't a shootm' up violent kind of game. This RPG, role-playing simulation is a peaceful kind hearted game in which you deal with the real life ordeals of being a farmer. From sick animals to finding the perfect wife and raising children Harvest Moon is a great learning experiance. Another cool thing I like is the fact that the game has no set ending time, you can play for as long as you like! For parents who are looking for a non-violent game for children (and adults) Harvest Moon 64 is an exellent choise.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great strategy for younger players September 18, 2000
Not all strategy games are blood and gore, unsuitable for youngsters. Harvest Moon does require some strategic thinking, but is great for tykes that need something low key and non-violent to play.
The premise is a sad one - you are an orphan boy which must take over your grandfather's farm. You have a pet dog, but that's it - everything else is up to you. Off to work!
You must determine how best to keep your farm running. Should you plant eggplant or potatoes? Spend your time fishing or milking cows? The better you do, the more you earn, and the more seeds you can buy or chickens you can raise.
It's not all work. There are festivals to attend and pretty girls to talk to. You can upgrade your home with a second floor or with a cradle. Choose a girl to marry, and maybe your house will become a happy home with a growing family. Your chickens, cows, and even horse will share in the fun.
Seasons go by, rain comes and goes, your skills improve and you might even win a horserace. Even those too young to grasp the strategy involved will still enjoy watching the plants grow and riding the horse around.
Not exactly a mind boggling challenge, but for the younger set, it's a fun romp!
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116 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unbelievably Fun N64 Game! March 4, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is the ultimate in RPG. Zelda 64 holds best if you include graphics, action, and excitement, but for an addicting and challenging game, sit down and play Harvest Moon. I read the great strategy/review guide in Nintendo Power and was quickly hooked. I can just sit for hours and play this game. The story begins with you inheiriting your Grandfather's farm. When you first leave the door, the Mayor of the town will ask to take you on a tour. Afterward, you'll get a look at the field. *YIKES!* But it really won't take that long to clear. It is there not to cause extreme stress, but to help familiarize you with your tools. Once cleared, the real fun starts. You can fish, mine, grow, gather, and chop your way to wealth, fame, or just a good retirement. For fun, attend local festivals or races. Don't forget to get the girl of your dreams(Elli, Popuri, Karen, Ann, or Maria) to a pink heart. Animals also are an important part of the game. As you can see, HM64 is an amazing game that gives you a new perspective; to see the world through the life of a hardworking farmer in a small but humble town.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvest Moon 64 -- it's fun for everyone January 15, 2001
I know that it seems unlikely that a game about farming would be fun. But Harvest Moon 64 is the most addictively entertaining game I have ever played, and I don't usually like RPGs.
You play a young man whose grandfather has died and left him his run-down farm to revive. There are tons of chores to do, animals to raise, vegetables to harvest, people to visit, girls to marry, Spring Festivals, Horse Races, swimming contests and much much more. There's always money to make and things to buy that can improve your house, farm or love life.
After 3 years, the man's parents come to rate how he's done, depending on how well the farm is doing. There are 4 seasons, each consisting of 30 days. There are 120 days in a Harvest Moon year, and around 5 minutes in each day. As the seasons change the events, vegetables, scenery and people's dialogues change as well. There are new events every year.
One thing that is pretty amazing is that this game is entirely free of violence, blood, or action, yet it's fun for all ages. It's good for kids because it is peaceful and non-violent, and makes them use strategy and helps them calculate time. It's good for older people too because it is challenging and there are many surprises to keep you coming back for more. This game has a very high replay value, because each time you play it it is completely different (you can marry 5 different girls, and depending on which one you persue, the game changes a lot). The absense of action & fighting makes it easier to concentrate on strategy. The graphics aren't great, but personally I don't mind-- the animals and people are really cute and chunky, and the controls are easy to master.
I would recommend Harvest Moon 64 to people of all ages. It's addictive, challenging, and it makes something that looks pretty dull into a really, really fun game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If only this could be made for a portable system!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
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