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Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life

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Marvelous Entertainment

Release Date:

3/16/2004

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RPG Simulation
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Natsume seldom gets credit for one of the most brilliant innovations in the history of RPGs. As with many great ideas, it's amazingly simple. Instead of a hero who wanders the world, the hero of the Harvest Moon games stays put. And instead of slaying monsters and saving a world, the Harvest Moon raises cows, hangs out with his neighbors and raises a family. Not exactly earth-shattering stuff, but no one can deny how satisfying these games can be. In Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, you arrive at your late father's derelict farm in Forget-Me-Not Valley. Your entire patrimony consists of a humble house, a barn with one cow, a pasture, three fallow fields and an empty chicken coop. When your father's longtime friend Takakura shows you around, you'll gain a companion when a cute li'l puppy shows up. Takakura lives nearby and offers periodic advice, but it's up to you to make a prosperous go of things.

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I played this game maybe 6 or 7 years ago at my friends house and I still find myself wanting to buy it when I come into a game store and see it! This is my shit. excuse my language lol I usually created a male character because I thought it was more fun, but I have beat the game on both genders with each of the different people they end up with! :) A++
75

The Harvest Moon series attracts a very specific type of gamer. Like SimCity and the Sims, Harvest Moon takes a bunch of everyday (or seemingly mundane) chores and whips them into a compelling game experience. In Harvest Moon, the objective is to raise a family and run a farm. Both objectives require you to perform a string of tasks, ranging from milking cows and feeding chickens to playing with your kids. Obviously, this kind of thing doesn't appeal to everyone.
90

The town is massive and the whole style of the game just brings a huge smile to the face.
80

While the repetition of farm life is soothing, the repetition in the human interactions is just annoying...Still, with all the chores, you'll probably spend little time carousing about town, anyhow. [Apr 2004, p.81]
65

Old fans will certainly appreciate it, and it has enough charm to compel those looking for something new, but newcomers should certainly be warned that it?s an unusual taste. It is time-consuming, repetitive and dull, yet it is also relaxing and vaguely satisfying.
90

An endearing and rewarding experience for those who seek the solace and freedom of world that is focuses on a weapons free, non-violent atmosphere and is easily the best game in the series to date.
91

A magical experience you're never likely to forget, and the best game in a series that's never been less than excellent. An essential Cube buy. [NGC]
75

Sure, the game has flaws. But they're transcended by its ability to put us in awe of our own lives. We see our daily tedium through fresh eyes, feel it through newly excited thumbs.
60

It's too bad that an underdeveloped social scene and tedious chores that require frustrating precision keep farm life from being more fun.
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