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GF Rating
7.3

263 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

It's good so far!

posted by Kystanir (FREEPORT, IL) Aug 29, 2010

Member since Aug 2010

3 out of 6 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

Im new to the harvest moon games. This being my first I've ever played. I like it, although it kind of bothers me that it's so repetative. But a friend told me this is how all Harvest Moon games are! It's good though, its kept me entertained for a couple days! I haven't finished it, Don't know if I will. But from what my boyfriend said, if you like the other Harvest moon games, you should like this one!

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

Worst HM Ever.

posted by Xzalor (PENSACOLA, FL) Apr 23, 2011

Member since Jul 2010

1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

This is just horrible. There are like 3 girls and 20 guys. There are only 6 squares of places to go. The Graphics suck. Why do we need a jump button and why do they sound and look like babies?!? As a hardcore HM fan I'm extremely dissapointed. Your better off playing HM DS 1. Even though it was like GBA graphics that game sucked you in.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Mixed-reactions to Grand Bazaar; Harvest Moon lite

posted by Markers (ONTARIO, CA) Aug 25, 2010

Member since Jul 2010

5 out of 12 gamers (42%) found this review helpful

Let me just start off by saying I'm a Harvest Moon/Rune Factory freak. SNES to now, I've been playing the wonderful games put out by Natsume and Marvelous. Imagine my surprise when I slipped Grand Bazaar (GB) into the mail 3 hours into playing. No, it was not because it was straight-up horrible. Read to find out my reasons.

Grand Bazaar follows the usual HM premise of you taking control of an abandoned farm, bringing it up to speed, and wooing the ladies/guys (the main character can be male/female). The twist is that you must help kickstart the local town's bazaar on weekends by selling various items found and grown by you. The is what I was looking forward to doing, simply because it had never been done before.

The bazaar-selling portion of the game is the game's strongpoint and the primary motivation to trudge on through the monotonous grind of farming life. I'm fairly used to this addictive grind, so it posed no problem to me. So farming, selling, and owning a shop; what could be wrong? Unfortunately, a lot.

For one, time passes by incredibly slow at a rate of 1 real second to 1 in-game second. This means each hour in the game is one minute. At first, I thought it was nice to have so much time to spare, but then it became a nightmare when I was finished watering my crops, collecting items, and talking to people by 11am; I frequently went to sleep at noon for this reason.

Oh, and another thing: the town is literally 6 transitions on the map. In other words, it's possibly the smallest world in the HM series. There is no mining (a major component of past iterations), beach, and so many common HM continuities.

Despite what I just mentioned, GB does has its moments. The bazaar system is really nice, the graphics are fantastic for a DS installment, and so on. I wish I could say more positive things about it, but I can't find anything else worth mentioning.

I would not recommend GB. Try Rune Factory: Frontier (Wii) or Harvest Moon DS.

Thank you for reading.

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