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Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

4.6 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews
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  • You'll live out the life of an everyday farmer in Mineral Town -- tend to the crops, feed the livestock, and sell your goods. See if you can explore the area to find ways to make money, win the love of a beautiful girl and start a family!
  • Choose from a wide range of vegetables to plant and harvest, and make sure you turn out a good crop and a hefty profit
  • Raise your animals and take good care of them, while befriending the people of the town
  • No set game path -- do whatever you want, follow any route you wish, and watch as the adventure of a lifetime unfolds
  • The game also connect to your GameCube version of Harvest Moon - A Wonderful Life, for even more wide-ranging adventures!

Product Description

Turn a long-neglected field of rocks and weeds into a successful farm in this rustic role-playing game.

Product Information

ASIN B0000A03CT
Release date November 11, 2003
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4.6 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,349 in videogames
#43 in Video Games > More Systems > Game Boy Advance > Games
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Product Dimensions 5 x 5 x 1 inches
Media: Video Game
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Harvest Moon has been HUGELY addictive on the SNES and N64. The GBA version is just as addictive - and can be played anywhere!
The familiar, fun gameplay is here. You're a kid taking over a farm. The farm is in disrepair and needs help. You start out by weeding the garden, chopping the logs into boards and breaking up rocks. You slowly start growing crops, raising horses and chickens, and making a name for yourself.
You might think this would get boring, but time is running all the time. You have to get food to your animals, play with them, keep your crops watered, get your field cleared, mine for supplies, go into town and chat it up with the local girls.
There are the usual goodies - horse races, other festivals that come on certain days of the year. There are upgrades to your tools and little sprites that help you out with your tasks. You can fall in love with the girl of your dreams and build a life together. With lots of customizable names, from your farm to your dog to your horse, it really begins to feel like your own little world.
The graphics are great, and while it's not a button-mashing extreme, the clock is always ticking so you get a sense that you have to get going with your life in order to feed yourself and your animals. There aren't goals to meet or points to score - there is a farm to tend to and responsibilities to manage. It's a great game for all ages and VERY rewarding.
My one complaint about this game - and keep in mind that this is a HUGELY addictive game for me so I love it - is that it only lets you be a male. Why?? I would LOVE to be a girl on the farm who is dating boys. It can't be THAT hard to switch a few names and pixels. Why am I forced to be a boy? Why can't a girl run a farm?
That being said, it's a ton of fun and well suited for the GBA. Grab a copy - but be warned, you'll be playing it a lot!
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Harvest Moon has been a very successful series since the debute of the classic SNES version in 1997. Natsume made it hold it's one of a kind RPG with this title. Harvest Moon FoMT has a ton more new features than the other GB or GBC games, and combines the classic features of the other console playing games. All packed into a tiny cartridge for your GBA.
Graphics: 5/5 - The graphics in this game are amazing. They have Gamecube quality detail all packed onto a tiny screen. The partial bird's eye view of your character is at the perfect angle, so all of the animals, townspeople, and crops are visible. Unlike Harvest Moon BTN (Back to Nature) nothing in this game looks like a cardboard cut out. These graphics push the GBA to its max!
Story: 4/5 The story is also pretty good. As a kid, you visitted an old man's farm over summer vacation and loved it. The two of you have kept in touch with letters, until the old man passed away. The main character (let's call him Jack), visits the farm. The mayor of the town invites Jack to fix up the farm, and you recall all of the memories and fun times you had. At least in this game they have a decent length cutscene explaining every bit of the storyline.
Controls: 5/5 Plus, the controls in this game are great! Every button has a specific use, and there are some "fast combos" to access menus quicker than scavenging around to find them. The controls are nice and simple, and can be changed under the 'Diary' menu to adjust to your preference. Just another great aspect of Harvest Moon FoMT.
Gameplay: 5/5 This is where every Harvest Moon game always has a good review. The game play is outstanding with over 100 interactions and activities.
Getting upgrades in the game is a well known aspect... but this time the upgrades have changed!
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The great thing about this game is that it never ends in replayability. Once you beat it once, you want to play it again so you can marry another wife or get a different child. I myself have owned the game for almost a year and have married Popuri(*the cutest girl in the game*). I am currently on year 4 and still refuse to put this game down!! I'm not really the most dedicated person to video games, but this game is so addictive(to me)that I want to play it the second I turn it off. Allright, enough of this, now I will start with the pros and cons. One deffinitly out-weighs the other!!

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-Pros-

>This game can take up to 10 hours per year(the game has a time system)

>If you are a Harvest Moon fan(me)then this game will satisfy you beyond limits

>You can chose to live your life however you want to(marrige, lone farmer, outcast)

>6 wives to chose from, making character devlopment very deep

>4 seasons, each with its own weather, crops, herbs, and music

>Will satisfy RPG fans with tool system(leveling up)

>Can connect to the Gamecube with Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life for extra items, seeds, records, and even a new house

>Lots of replayablity due to the emense cast of townsfolk

>Almost endless amount of tools, items, seeds, crops, flowers, herbs, etc.
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