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Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Game!Jun 02, 2004
By Gordon M. Wagner
If Animal Crossing was good, this is great!
It's so nice to find a game that's human-scaled, cute and friendly. And the game arc goes on for virtual years. Compared to a Star Wars game, this is a MUCH greater value.
Water your crops, feed and brush your animals. Find a wife. Raise a child. Grow prize melons, create new hybrids.
This is such a unique game that you've really got to try it out for yourself. My kids (5 and 9) love the game. Some reading ability is necessary to play the game.
56 of 64 found the following review helpful:
Cool Game for All AgesMar 21, 2004
By Sandy Davis
I am an "old woman" according to my children (I'm 40).
I have been playing Harvest Moon FOMT on my Gameboy Advance (yes, I have one of my own), and I love it! My husband always laughs at me because I play it all the time. He doesn't mind though, because he just bought the GameCube version for me a couple days ago.
This new game is very intriguing. I love the graphics and the music. The cow already seems to love me, so I guess I'm on the right track. It's a little more complicated than the GBA version, so I'm still learning how to play. What I've seen so far is really cool. I think I've found a new favorite game. Up until now, I have concentrated on Animal Crossing on my GameCube. It's nice to have another fun game for my GameCube system.
16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Harvest the Fruits of Fun! Buy!Mar 19, 2004
Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life,HM:AWL continues the Harvest Moon tradition. It focuses on non-violent, and unbelievably addictive gameplay. For Harvest Moon fans, this is a must buy. For those parents or who have parents who worry about game violence etc., and still desire an enjoyable game, this is simply a treasure. The only way you won't enjoy this game is if you're one of those people whose life is 1st person shooters, M rated games or something else like that. As for the specifics on this jewel, observe:
Story:9/10 This is a very non-linear story. The game spans 6 chapters covering 30years. Your father wanted to build a farm. After he died he left his friend Takakura to give it to you. Thus begins chapter 1. During chapter 1 you must get married. As in all HM (harvest moon) you have a choice of marrying one of a few girls. Although most HM games have 5 girls, this game has 3: Muffy, Nami, or (my sweetheart) Celia. However it's only because of the immersive stories revolving around each girl. Each girl has many cutscenes advancing your relationship with the girl. Following marriage, you'll have a kid(don't worry parents, the part about the s-e-x is skipped) and depending on how you treat him (sorry, you can't have a girl) and where you take him as a baby, you'll influence your child's character as a teen and adult. You will even eventuall live to see what he decides to do with his life.
Graphics:10/10 The best garphics in an HM game so far. There is now transparent and reflecting water,as well as gorgious sunsets, and realistic shadows. Of course those are just the highlights, the garphics are better in mainly everything.
Concept:8/10 It's the classic stuff. Run a farm. However, as addicting as it was in the previous games, now you must raise afamily and live your life(hence tilte:A Wonderful Life). This makes the game a tiny bit less linear than its procedors. Plus there is a point where the story ends.In some of its precedors, you could go on farming forever. Saddly, here you age and well, travel to the land where your father lies. And of course the concept run a farm is a tiny bit repetitive.
Controls:7/10 This is the one drawback. The controls seam standard at first, but you'll find they used the "action button technique"where one button does a lot of different things. What you do depends on if you have anything equipted and where you stand. And it can get VERY ANNOYING when you for example: milk the cow when you want to talk to it, or examine the sickle instead of using it etc.
Sound effects/music:8/10 To describe the sound effects, I can simply say: standard. Not bad, not that good. The music is mainly bright and cheerful. An interesting feature is that you have a rercord player in your house. You can put records in it and they play in the area near your farm. The insides of buildings usually have music too. One annoying part however is that in many outdoor areas you won't hear any music at all, and it falls to the sound effects. Sure it's natural, and many people easily got sick of hearing the same music over, and over, and over again in the earlier HM games, but it just doesn't feel right to have so many places without music...
Overall:8/10 Sure it has its drawbacks, and whatever, but what you've read here is only the tip of the iceberg. For contrast to HM fans like me, its better than all the Gameboy HMs and STH (Save the Homeland) however, it's worse than BTN(Back to Nature)and 64 (Harvest Moon 64). So this is Nick Dobkin of somewhere in CA,USA saying: Harvest the fruits of fun,its more than worth its cheap (for videogames)...,so BUY THIS GAME!
33 of 38 found the following review helpful:
Big Game, More Works, Lots of Fun!!Oct 08, 2003
I just starting playing this game (jp version) for two weeks now. I just want to give more informations to those HM fans who are still not sure how does this game works.
(+) I think the graphic is pretty good. You even can change the music by putting different "music cds" in to the music machine in your house. You now have more spaces in your farm. I think it is very convenient to have a bell in the barn where you can just press it to tell your animate (horse, cow, sheep, ect) to go in/outside. Also, you can get milk from your cow twice a day (2 or more bottles). You can sell your own stuffs in the tree next to the inn, however, sometimes it is very hard to get a customer to buy your stuffs. Most of the time, they want to buy things that you dont want to sell (ex: your farming tools).
I like the way that you can order most of the items in the storage room area (by using the notebook).
Also, you can carry lots of stuffs in your pocket.
(-) On the other hand, you have to feed the cow twice/day, and also, you have to water your crops twice/three times a day. If it gets too dry, it will died immediately.
The day is kind of short, and you get hungry easily at the beginning because the farming tools you have are at the lowest level, where you need to buy a better one later on. The life could be very difficult at the beginning... you need to earn money and also you need to date the girl you like. IF you dont get marry by the end of the 1st year, then you cannot go on to the 2nd chapter... you will stay in the FREE-PLAY mode, instead of the STORY mode.
Moreover, the weather is not stable sometimes, it can rain in the morning and sunny in the afternoon. Sometimes, I leave my animate out and go on for fishing... then suddenly it rains and so I need to work all the way back to call them back.
*** Overall, I think the game is worth to play. ^WORKING HARD & HAVE FUN^ are the whole concept to this game!! I'm highly recommanded you to buy the US version when it comes out in Jan 2004. It is somewhat stressful to play in the JP version.. >.< ...unless your Japanese is very good (which isn't me).
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
my own experienceJun 13, 2006
By Oznerol ochamach
Well, Harvest Moon AWL is a wonderful game. Let me tell you what you can do: you buy sheep, horse, goat, cows(4 types), and chickens. Also, you will get ducks, a mouse, a lizard, a cat, a racoon, an owl, and that's about it.(these last ones are pets, along with your dog) you milk the cows, you shave the sheep, you milk the goat, you ride the horse, and you pick up eggs from ducks and chickens. Then comes seeds...You can plant and harvest several varieties of seeds, or you can make fabulous recipes to share with your friends of Forget-me-not-Valley or with your wife and son. To get a wife, you must talk to her and take things that she likes to her. When you get married, you get a baby son, which grows into a boy, then a teenager, and finnally an adult that ends up being married with either Kate, or Lumina (2 girls from the game). Your son can also choose a career. And other activities include: 3 mini-games,fishing, horse back riding, excavations, making hibrids, and making friends.
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