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- Grow crops, raise livestock, and mine precious gems
- Befriend a variety of animals including sparrows, rabbits, and monkeys
- Build and develop your skills in cooking, mining, and fishing
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The islands are in peril! Years ago, a powerful earthquake struck the Sunshine Islands. In Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands, it's up to the player to raise the sunken islands by finding the magical Sun Stones. Raise the islands to meet new characters, harvest new crops, and befriend animals such as ducks, monkeys, and badgers. In Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands, players rejoin all of the beloved characters from Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness, and get to meet a number of new friends as well. Players will grow and harvest crops, care for animals, mine, fish, and compete in festivals in their quest to restore the Sunshine Islands to their former glory. With a little luck, they may even find true love and start a family along the way.
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Recently, I have been able to play Harvest Moon 1 and 2 on an emulator. I loved them! I looked through the reviews for all Harvest Moons since, and saw that this one was a re-release due to poor feedback from its predecessor (Islands of Happiness, or something?). If that isn't an impressive response from a developer, I don't know what is.
This game isn't just cute--it requires a bit of brain power and time management, too. To me, there is nothing worse than a game that you can play on autopilot. Organization, forethought, and awareness are essential to obtaining the best results on your farm and with the villagers. This HM makes you think!
I actually bought Rune Factory 4 with my 3DS, thinking that RF4 would be a "replacement" for Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands. Nope! I keep coming back to this game, and will continue coming back to this series, so long as Natsume keeps up the great work.
Still, there's not a whole lot of tedious work, since your crops don't need a lot of water. Although you will have to work up to a higher experience level in which to obtain better quality items to make more money, so it's not as easy and random as "Island of Happiness."
The game forces you to work in all areas of the game mining, fishing, cooking, farming, and gathering to be able to move on in other areas. For example, you will need minerals in the mining area to make a machine that converts milk into cheese(which you can sell for more money)! The game's different aspects all mesh together in this way, creating a feeling of accomplishment. Besides that, you'll be trying new things in the game!
This game is extremely enjoyable for a mellow player like me, but is not recommended for people who demand action from video games.