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In Harvest Moon: Magical Melody, Flower Bud Village was just a blossom of a burg when you bought a plot of land there. Now newcomers depend on the bounty from your farm for their livelihoods. It's up to you to create a farm, raise a family, and build a village in the most challenging Harvest ever. And there are some other folks counting on you - the Harvest Sprites. Their Harvest Goddess turned to stone, and the Sprites need you to earn and find 100 Harvest Notes as you settle into your new life in Flower Bud Village. Once the notes are collected, the Magical Melody will be completed and the Goddess will return.
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So in all honesty, I popped it in, played for 15 minutes, then stopped playing for three months because I was being a stingy "this isn't as good as the original" player. Then I said to myself, "Once you memorize the map, it will be fine." And oh how right I was.
I... LOVE this game. My schedule right now is work 10-8, go home and make dinner, then play this til midnight and go to sleep. DAILY. I like it even better than the N64 version, now that I see all the upgrades. But it's pretty loyal to the first game.
So this is appealing to the addictive collector side of me. It's called "Magical Melody" because the Goddess turns into a statue because... well I forgot why. But she's a statue, and you are given a list of 100 things that you do to grant you "musical notes." Every 5 notes you get, you take it to the little goddess clearing and the 5 notes turn into a musical instrument. According to some play-throughs, you don't even have to collect all of them, and you don't even have to finish the story in the game if you want. You have your rival, Jamie (WHO I GUESS IS A GIRL?! Most adrogynous girl I've ever seen) who you are competing with in terms of shipment, crops, farming, and overall money intake. With THAT out of the way, you pretty much are given a home. Now the huge different from the N64 version to this one is that you can buy different plots of land. You pick the original spot you want (you get a choice between 2) and then you have your basic house. HM stays loyal to its roots by having its house upgrades of course, but you can buy land (you can buy even more land by befriending the mayor) and building MORE houses and barns and chicken coops. And of course, you can marry one of the bachelorettes in town, they're all cutesy and of a particular personality. Some you have to unlock by doing certain things to have them move into town, though. I haven't unlocked everybody but I'm already married because I have a thing for pink-haired girls.
Animal-wise, you have your standard farm animals of course, but another different aspect is the ability to befriend wild animals. And by wild animals, I mean like, a sparrow, a weasel, a squirrel, rabbit, etc. There's a monkey, too, I don't know why. You have your pet dog and get a pet pig when you buy your first barn. Thankfully you don't have to feed him. Also, if you befriend the dolphin in the sea, he'll take you to some island. I have yet to do that...
Control-wise, I have no qualms regarding the camera or controls. Of course, the occasional "use the tool on the wrong spot and lose a bit of health" thing is really annoying but if you're not rushy-rushing, it's no big deal.
Other aspects of the game are fishing (which looks suspiciously like Animal Crossing), mining for jewels and medicinal roots and ore, and basic foraging.
The townspeople are adorable and true to HM, the shops are all closed on their own specific day of the week and there are always the monthly festivals which are a little treat.
Overall, I adore this game and love the replayability. I just got married to the pink-haired girl and am waiting the 30 days to have a baby. :P So if my hours upon hours of gameplay say anything, I highly recommend this game to the addictive gamers not looking for bloodshed or insane plot twists. Or awesome graphics. Or something to play through in 8 hours and be done with.
My main issue is not being able to play as a girl & then it was hard to figure out how to equip items.
The buttons for using tools seem to be opposite of every other Wii game ever.
That being said it's still a good addition to the Harvest Moon family.
I do enjoy HM:MM, and I do recommend the game whether it be the Wii version or the GC version. I recommend HM:MM for any fan of the HM franchise.
Be forewarned though, HM:MM Wii version has omitted the female character, you can only play as a male character.
I would give the game a better rating if they made it a tad easier to befriend the villagers, and I do not like how villagers if not wooed enough move out. If the villagers do indeed happen to move out, it's hard to get them to move back in.
I must also mention that I do wish that they did not omit the female playable character. For the life of me I do not know why they would do that?
HM: MM is definitely a decent game and again I recommend it, but I do have to say that I prefer HM:AWL (A Wonderful Life) for the GameCube over HM:MM.
(HM:AWL Special Edition is a must mention as well)
I also recommend HM:TOT (Tree of Tranquillity) and HM:AP (Animal Parade) for the Wii.
So if you are an avid fan like me check it out, if you are new to the franchise check out the other versions I mentioned.