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- Feel like you're really farming with the Nintendo Wii Remote!
- Play as a boy or as a girl!
- Work Part-time jobs
- An amazing variety of crops, animals, events, and mini-games!
- The deepest and biggest Harvest Moon to date!
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You have moved to an island town that was once brimming with life and energy.… Now, however, the island is in trouble! The mystical Mother Tree that once watched over the island has disappeared, and the Harvest Goddess is nowhere to be found! The island has lost its connection with nature and the inhabitants don’t know what to do. It is up to you to save the island! Till the earth, befriend and raise animals, nurture friendships, and build a family. When the giant Mother Tree is reborn, the Harvest Goddess will be able to return and bring prosperity to the island once again. Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility is filled with exciting features that are sure to delight both new players and long-time Harvest Moon fans! There are lot of crops to grow, a variety of animals to care for, tons of festivals to participate in, and an exciting story!
You have moved to an island town that was once brimming with life and energy. But now, however, the island is in trouble and it's up to you to save it. The mystical Mother Tree that once watched over the island has disappeared, and the Harvest Goddess is nowhere to be found. The island has lost its connection with nature and the inhabitants don't know what to do.Till the earth, befriend and raise animals, nurture friendships, and build a family. When the giant Mother Tree is reborn, the Harvest Goddess will be able to return and bring prosperity to the island once again.Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility is filled with exciting features that are sure to delight both new players and longtime Harvest Moon fans. There are lot of crops to grow, a variety of animals to care for, tons of festivals to participate in, and an exciting story.
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That being said, the art and music are both well done, and there is a wonderfully broad scope of new characters, with many marriage candidates. The new pet and farm animal options are also fun, and the combination of both use- and material- based tool upgrades is probably my favorite of the various games I've played. As far as time passage, in this game the only place you don't have time is your own house, which is frustrating because time passes very quickly in this game, and I find myself in a shop I need only to get kicked out of the shop ten minutes before 'closing' due to time passage within the building. The festivals are also a little disappointing to me, because the majority of the NPCs don't go to the festivals, and there is really very little you can actually do at them. No races at all (except an add on minigame) and I can't find any rhyme or reason to whether or not you win at the cooking and animal festival competitions.
The mechanics of game play are very enjoyable, although I wish they they had done more with the wii-mote controls. I like the option of buying more plots of land and building more houses like some kind of crazy farming tycoon, though I can't really image how anyone has enough time to do that.
What drew me to the original games was their feeling that they were grounded in reality, with slight hints of fantasy hinted at. In the SNES version, it was based on reality, there was no "magic" - you never even saw the Harvest Goddess - so when you did encounter a Harvest Sprite, or a Kappa, it had a really magical feeling to it.
In the 64 and Back to Nature versions, they were also mostly grounded in reality. I think it was in Back to Nature that Natsume began taking the HM series down the fantasy-laden path - to my knowledge this was the first game where you could visit the sprites freely right from the start, like any other villager. I remember that kind of dulled the magic for me, as previously sprites were only encountered at special moments in the game.
Anyway, so after I finished college I had more time and wanted to get back into gaming. :) But, which Harvest Moon game should I play? So many had been made since I stopped player. After reading lots of reviews, I was between this game (Tree of Tranquility) and Animal Parade. People are really divisive over which game is better, but the general consensus seems to be Animal Parade, and I bought that version first. I was really disappointed with it. It felt like there was no "heart" to it, the villagers all seemed bland and empty. I didn't connect with any of them, which is pretty important in a Harvest Moon game.
I was bummed out, but after a while I decided what the hell, let's try Tree of Tranquility. I felt foolish buying it after just buying Animal Parade, but had a feeling.
I'm really glad I bought it. It's everything I wanted Animal Parade to be! The villagers have so much more personality than Animal Parade, and are full of cute quirks that remind me of the old Harvest Moon. It took a while to get used to not having the old bachelors around - Cliff, Rick, Grey (though Grey is in this game ... but you can't marry him, sigh), but the new ones have really endearing qualities to them, especially once you get to know them more. I think I like Toby just as much as I like Grey. :)
And, it's SO AWESOME to be able to marry bachelors now!!! I know this is typical of Harvest Moon games now, but last time I played the games it wasn't. It's awesome being able to court guys for once, and they're really sweet in ToT xD
This is getting long, so I'll just close it by saying I was also really happy with the farming, it's relaxing and being able to control the soil quality adds some strategy. I really loved how villagers would move into the game and new houses be built as they moved it, this kept the game fresh.
In summary, I feel like Natsume/Marvelous did a great job with this Harvest Moon. It retains a lot of heart that I remember from the series, and is a wonderful way to totally de-stress and relax.
The control scheme is a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it there shouldn't be any problem. The stamina component is a bit cruel because you can do almost nothing on your first full-control day before you are exhausted, but it turns around as you upgrade tools and find power berries.
If you've never played an HM game and are looking for your first experience, I recommend this game. The deviation from the traditional HM storyline was a breath of fresh air (though nothing can beat nostalgia!).
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I'm from Chile and it took like, one week to arrive.