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Hometown Story - Nintendo 3DS

by Natsume
Nintendo 3DS
Everyone 10+
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews) 47 / 100

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  • Create your own character to reflect your personality!
  • Lots of unique villagers you can befriend and help!
  • Many different endings!
  • Play the game however you like!

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00E6LHQX8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches ; 2.1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 22, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,128 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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A Tale of Life, Love, and Friendship! In a lush, green village tucked away in the countryside, you'll reunite with old friends, meet new ones, and rediscover yourself. This is where you grew up, your hometown. You've been tasked with reviving your grandmother's old shop, and have your work cut out for you. However, the more items you sell, the more customers will come to your shop. And as you manage your shop better, you can expand, and the village will prosper! As your shop begins to grow by selling more expensive and rare items, you'll be able give these items to the different villagers that populate the town. Therefore, not only will running a successful shop net you gold, but it will also help reveal the unique stories each villager has. Something insignificant to most people might be the most important thing in the world to someone else! In addition, all the villagers in your hometown have their own unique stories. Which villagers' stories will move you the most? And what will you do to help them? At times, you will be faced with some very important decisions. You'll be free to run your shop the way you want to. Your experiences will be completely different from anyone else's. By the end, you'll have experienced so many unforgettable memories.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A decent idea... November 5, 2013
By Tony G
Style Name:Plush Bundle
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I rarely write reviews for products I use, but I felt it necessary to put one together for this game Since I rushed out and picked it up before there were any reviews out. Bad choice on my part =(

I really wanted to like this game as I'm a big fan of both the Harvest moon and Rune factory series. Hometown story sounded like it would be right up my alley. This game could have been a great variation on Natsume's proven design, but it fails in so many areas that I found myself more frustrated than anything else. I kept telling myself that it must just be a slow starter, and I needed to give it more time before things got interesting. I made it about 30 days in, upgraded my shop to the highest level and fulfilled many villager's requests before I realized that this game is just not fun.

Here are a few pros and cons that I have for this game. (These are all just my opinion of course)

PROS:

1. Great concept that has not been overdone in the video game arena, could be very entertaining if some of the problems were resolved.

2. Simple and easy to jump in to. (Mostly)

3. I imagine it would be a good game for kids since there are really no consequences and it does teach decent budgeting skills.

CONS:

1. Very repetitive with little reward.

2. No explanation for many things (I.E. The ledger and what each of the symbols mean)

3. Villager requests sometimes just loop over and over again. (Example - Villager asked for spices to cook with, rather than progressing their story when I sold them the spices, a cutscene played, then they immediately came back and asked for more spices. This repeated 6 times before I gave up.

4. The camera is ridiculous and confusing.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you! October 24, 2013
By YvoCaro
Style Name:Plush Bundle
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Bought this game on release date, having enjoyed Harvest Moon games in the past. My first impressions where that it's slow going, you really have to look into the various forums to see if you are doing things right. Everything they wrote beforehand about it is true: you get to manage a store, starting out with only 4 shelves where you can display your wares. The store is open from 6 am till 12 pm, which doesn't seem to leave you any time for running around in the rather extensive town. Someone comes by once a day to sell you stuff that you can sell again with a small profit. Think the market in HM Gran Bazaar but with less customers, and no way to grow your own produce or make your own things. So I thought: this can't be it!

I perused the forums, found out that it's just as important to go into town and not stay cooped up in your store. You have to trigger events with people, to buy new stuff at the restaurant or from the local fisherman. Most people in your store seem to easily wait for two hours for you to man the cash register, so no problem there. There's some stuff you can forage, making for a larger profit. You meet more people, people move into town, and are making more request for you to sell them. Of course you have to be on the lookout for these key items.

I've playing some 5 gamedays now, and I can say the game grows on me. I'm interested in the story behind the townspeople, hoping to find good deals or free produce in nature. Trying to find out where the various people live and when you can enter their houses. (Again, no instruction whatsoever!). It's a slow game to get into, but I find it to be a nice prospect to explore more!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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HomeTown Story is a game like no other. You begin by choosing your sex, and this determines your three eligible bachelors or bachelorettes and special events exclusive to male or female. The first three to four hours are extremely slow, empty, and arduous, but if the player chooses to stick with the game, it opens up to an incredible experience. Unlike A New Beginning, HomeTown Story throws the player into the game with minimal to no explanation, so it takes awhile to accommodate oneself to the game's mechanics and way of progressing.

The game is about maintaining a shop that you inherited from your grandmother while forming long-lasting bonds with the inhabitants in a small, cozy village. Setting up the shop is simple enough: you place shelves, choose a wallpaper, and place an item with a chosen price on top of the shelf. Normal and key (i.e., those central to the story) residents will come in and out of the shop to buy certain types of items they prefer. Every time a resident picks an item, he or she will stand in line for a specific duration. As the number of people in the line increase, the player generates more revenue based off a "multiplier". After selling three items in a row, the succeeding item will be 1.5x the amount of their original prices, and this goes up to x3 of the original price of each item, after selling ten items in a row. The duration a resident stands in line is variable, depending on certain attributes (e.g., young people stay for 1-2 hours). Every day at 2:00pm, game time, a trader will visit your shop to sell tools, special items (used to trigger cut-scenes - explained later), or produce.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was expecting better from Natsume. It's supposed to be a business version of Harvest Moon, but that's not really how it works. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Damara Gregory
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy buy!
Very fun and addictive. Puzzling at times as well. So worth buying!
Published 9 days ago by R. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 22 days ago by nathalie-viguier
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Any Girl Gamer
The perfect alternative to Animal Crossing. Bought this game for my kid and she can't put it down. Great graphics and a lot of variety. Read more
Published 1 month ago by I7S
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of slow...
The villagers run around so fast it is hard to talk to them, when your shop opens you can only put one item on display for purchase, Difficult to differenciate between characters... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sally K. Parker Yap
3.0 out of 5 stars Not like the original
I liked this game, but it's nothing like the original Harvestmoon games from the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 days. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Game.
Do not know why people not like this game just don't have enough patience to play this game. Boycott Gamestop Newark/Heath 43055/8 they have no compassion or morals and undermine... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Gonzales
1.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Work on Australasian 3DS
I was very disappointed to open up the packaging, put the game into my ds and discover that it does not even read the game card. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Taleisha
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
This game is not for me. It's cute but I cant bring myself to play it. Here I thought it would be like Harvest Moon and that it would be enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars A manic fit of OCD
A simulator game that let's you acquire, fill, and expand your own shop in a fantasy village. Each day you must open your shop, stock items, collect new items to sell, and... Read more
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