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- Your chance to run a farm
- You decide what to grow and where to grow it
- Learn all about farming
- Many factors to take into account while planning
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Here's your chance to get away from the smog and traffic of the city and experience life in the country in the farming simulation Harvest Moon. You'll literally enjoy the fruits of your labor as you plant seeds and watch them grow into all kinds of fruit-giving trees, vegetables, and everything else you need to survive. You'll have to consider several factors when planning your farm: when the harvest season occurs, the changing of the seasons, and natural disasters that nobody can predict. In the world of Harvest Moon, it's not who you know, it's what you sow!
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$59.99, a reasonable price compared to today's prices. Hm just drew me in, I was tired of all those side-
scrolling games and needed something fresh & original. I read an article bout HM in a videogame magazine,
Game Pro or Nintendo Power, remember those magazines hardcore gamers? Lo and behold, after arriving
home, I popped it into my SNES console, which I no longer have,RIP. This game would be best described as a
farming sim and RPG. There are no clocks, time passes from sun up to sun down. If you're playing, you really
have to watch if it's getting dark. You start on a farm and are given a house, the rest is up to you how to
manage your farm. Fortunately, there are villagers who help you along the way. This game is not for everyone.
if you like action games, this game will bore you to death. It takes quite a bit of patience to get settled in.
You "reap what you sow" applies to HM, you get what you put into it. If you find a copy of this game, the prices
are just ridiculous for HM on Amazon. If you have a WII, just buy it on the Virtual Console for 800 WII points=
$8.00. Recommended only for hardcore RPG-Sim fanatics like me, lol.
Harvest Moon opens a whole other door in RPG gaming world. Instead of a violent stat/level RPG, this game is a peaceful role play of a farmer's life. It may not sound great at first, but this classic is as addicting as Tetris and Pacman (just a lot more fun!).
Graphics: (4/5) Considering this is an old school game, the graphics are pretty darn good. I love all of the detailed farm matter, such as the indented rocks with signature Japenese anime marks on them. And with the weeds, every little stem and leaf is visible in great detail and color. I love the brightness of the game, it just puts me in a pretty good mood. The only problem with the graphics is the people. The farmer looks pretty cool. But aside from that, the people are stick thin and dont have much of a face. Yet since this is an old school game, I give a ton of credit for the graphics.
Story (3/5) This is probably the game's worst point. The only part of story is this 15 second cutscene with barely any dialogue at the start. Basically, the farmer's parents see how much can be accomplished within 2 and a half years... and drive off in their car to the airport to go to ditch their kid and go to Disney World (just kidding about that part.) So meh, the storyline is ok.
Controls (5/5) Well, what more can I say. The controls are easy and simple to use. Every button has a use... so that's the scoop. Since I played this game so long ago, I appologize for not having a list of the controls (my memory only goes back so far...)
Gameplay (5/5) This is what lead to other Harvest Moon games... the amazing and unique style of gameplay. Farming may not sound so great, right? But in this game, there are TONS AND TONS of options of what to do. Because time stops at 6 o'clock, the possibilities are ENDLESS.
To start, getting your house upgraded is really cool. I love how new furniture is added to the living space, and the ultra house is so big, nice, and spacious! Also, without upgrades the house would be plain and boring for the 2 1/2 year gamespan. Even though there are only two upgrades in this game, Natsume thought outside of the box with Harvest Moon 64's 5+ upgrades.
Next, after the fields have been weeded and have been cleared, comes crops and grass. Planting crops is the main money making system for this game. Each bag of crops covers a 3 by 3 space, making nine crops in total. That is how you make the big profits. With an entire field of crops, planting will make your farmer turn from rags to riches in a matter of days. When that income is yours, try planting some grass (again, in a 3 by 3 space.)The grass makes fodder (food) for your animals, so once enough fodder is gained, raising livestock would be another responsibility.
Ok, once the grass has been sickled into fodder, its time to purchase the animals. There are two kinds of animals to raise (aside from the horse and dog which require nothing)- cows and chickens. The barn in this game is extremely big, holding up to 12 cows. With that much livestock, a $1300+ profit can be made everyday. Next come chickens. Chickens are very easy to take care of and lay an egg each day if you feed them. Chickens are also affordable, as you can breed your own flock with just one. Do this by placing an egg in the incubator and wait one full week.
Finally comes marriage. I believe there are four girls that you can marry in this game. Simply give them gifts (eggs, storebought gifts, etc.) every day and eventually their heart level will raise. Once it is at a certain level, you can propose using the blue feather. Once married, farm life will change. If you have played other HM games, you'll notice you can only have one kid. But in this, you can have up to three children.
Overall (4.5/5) Overall this is a great game that is enjoyable for all ages. From farming to raising cattle, this game has been a blast for every gamer who has tried it. Since this game is extremely rare and expensive, finding it at a yardsale of fleamarket would be the best and cheapest way. Of course if you wanted it now, get a used one off of this site.