All three of my children, ages 7 (girl), 9 and 10 (boys) really enjoyed this game. All three of them have DSi's and they couldn't put it down. Normally my boys are Halo, COD, Assassin's Creed gamers, but they actually found this fun. I'd say if a game can grab the attention of more serious gamers, then this has to be worth trying.
I gave it a 9 because these days everything has an option of multi-player and it is only single player at the moment. It would have been even more fun for my kids if they could game together.
All in all, the kids loved it (its about what they enjoy, not me) and I enjoyed the quiet travel time in the car! What parent wouldn't rate that a top!?? =)
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Another day, another Harvest Moon. There are quite a bit, but on the DS this one has to be the best so far.
Graphics: 10/10 It's a DS it has limited graphics as all hand-helds do, you wont see amazing realistic can smell touch and taste it kind of graphics. But, you will be pleasantly greeted with refreshing and adorable ones. The environment is creative perfection.
Sound: 9/10 It's amusing, you have pretty much the same thing day after day but it's not annoying where you just hate it. It's more like you wake up, the music plays and hum along with it as you start the day.
Story: 10/10 It's pretty crazy, you have to raise islands that have sunk beneath the waves after a giant earthquake. And get married and have a family and successful farm as usual. :)
Gameplay: 10/10 It's so much easier then it's previous installment where you had to do everything with the stylus. Now you can use the buttons and it makes it a lot more smooth. The only problem is the days go by a bit faster. Which can be a problem in the beginning but they do have an accessory which slows down the time which is amazing. :)
Overall: 10/10 I love it. It's fun and a great game to have when you're on the go or waiting around somewhere. I would say buy it, it's cheap and the hours of fun will be worth the money.
Like everyone says, it's mostly just an improved version of Island of Happiness, but so what? The concept of the sun stones is fun and getting the harvest sprites to help out with the tedious farm work is awesome! Harvest Moon fans will enjoy it and newcomers to the series could find an easier way to start falling in love with the game!