Critic & User Reviews
posted by Raharu (FPO, AP) Apr 25, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
12 out of 12 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature didn't quite give me hand cramps like this one, though. One of my two complaints is the animal-care minigames, which all basically involve the same thing: frantically rubbing the touchscreen back and forth as fast as humanly possible to try to max out affection or product gain via the Touch Glove. It's a chore that makes me dread going to bed and shy away from buying any more animals. However, it'd not actually necessary... but your animals will gain hearts a lot more slowly without.
My only other complaint is the expenses. Unlike some of the previous games, you don't start with a barn or even a coop. Instead you must save up to have one built out of grass, wood, stone, or gold lumber. Anything but gold lumber has a chance to fall down in a storm, killing the unfortunate livestock within... grass even has a chance to fall down in the sun! Stone's your best bet, since the only way to get Gold Lumber is an event in Winter that gives you just one, or to buy it with the construction, which is extremely expensive, and you'll need that money for other things, with 16 buildings/upgrades to be had (even the Bath Room and Toilet Room must be bought seperate). The expenses tend to add up. Well, at least there's a use for those pesky rocks, now!
For all my whining, still a great game. Just keep at it, and you'll have a respectable farm in no time!
Patience is a virtue
posted by cuteanime1 (FLUSHING, NY) Oct 2, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The thing that really annoys me is 1. PATIENCE!! You have to do alot to raise money so you can get your bachlor to a new heart level. Money so that you can buy barns, chickens upgrades etc!!! And its hard to get as well!! One thing that really helps is one, get vans friendship points up, 2nd is that instead of throwing away weeds keep them in you rucksack and them sell them to him! Little money but helps a little. Also winter is by far the most tiring season ever.Its my first year and I need money but can't grow anything so the only choice is the digsite, if i get 10 of each item no matter how annoying it is, i can get money. And ive been doing this cheat that is SUPPOSED to give me a bazillion G's but I HAVENT GOTTEN ANYTHING!! Thats why im most depressed and i only have like 6 days left of winter!!! but thru and thru the game is well intersting you just need to have patience and there are various ways to cheat this game, little cheats but make a big difference especially the weather cheat!!
Better than Farmville...
posted by DebLee (ALBERTSON, NY) Jan 21, 2010
Member since Jul 2006
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Aesthetics aside, there's plenty of fun farming to be had! There are several crops for different seasons, you get to raise animals, make friends... everything you'd expect from Harvest Moon.
This game was pretty fun but I've sent it back so I can play one of the newer versions.
this game is awesome with the characters and thing
posted by lawsonstac (Gravel Switch, KY) May 8, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
5 out of 28 gamers (18%) found this review helpful
posted by JR_JR (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Feb 5, 2014
Member since Feb 2014
Usually when I play a harvest moon game, there are always one or two bachelors that stand out to me. In this game, however, I do not have any that I really like. I know a lot of player love Skye but I am not a fan of him. Also, winning people over in this game is much harder than other harvest moon games. At least from what I can tell.
The farm aspect is very good. You have a variety to choose from at start of the game. I love that in most seasons there are the crops that regrow every couple of days. :D Yet, it is still hard to make money.
An interesting side of farm in this game is that you have have 7, I think, Barns and Coops. It is your choice how much of each you want. Also it is both a pro and a con that when you build the buildings you can make them out of different materials. Some are stronger and others weaker. This means that you do not have to save a ton of money to build. However, if you build weaker materials then you risk loosing all your animals.
Over all the game is pretty good. I will always be a huge fan of harvest moon games. If you are a fan, you really can't go wrong with this game. Just be ready to keep it for a while if you want the full experience. And be patient.
posted by Chantel (SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA) Jun 7, 2009
Member since Jan 2007
Repetitive and meaningless
posted by Mnemie (SAN DIEGO, CA) May 20, 2008
Member since Sep 2006
There is no payout. You eventually earn yourself more power tools which will water larger areas of crops, etc. You unlock little helpers that do certain chores for you. So basically, the only goal of this game is to do your chores quicker. But there's nothing else!
I really wish I could go back in time and tell myself not to waste time on this. I kept thinking that, if I get this upgrade, I wont have to spend as much time on it anymore. Except when I got it, I realized there wasn't anything else to do but repetitive farming of some sort. Go farm gold in an MMO and actually earn something for your mindless work.