I've played Harvest Moon games in the past, such as 64, and A Wonderful Life. I was hoping that this game would be similar to the other Harvest Moon games. In this game, you have two different choices to make that affect your life in the game. This game was a lot more childish than the other games, and I didn't find it as enjoyable as the other games. If you are into games that have a lot of repitition in them, this game is good for you!
I love the aspect of raising animals and crops and building friendships, & Harvest Moon games revolve around rewarding patience. However, this title vexes my patience in ways that the reward afterwards aren't worth it.
Half the characters live on the other side of a mountain which is really annoying to cross over, especially since I know my animals will get ticked off if I don't get home in time to put them back inside. My pets would do it for me, but it takes FOREVER to the get their friendship levels high enough to take care of all my animals. I miss Save the Homeland where if you spent a couple days with your dog he loved you to the maximum <3
The distance between the two towns reduces with time, but it's still annoying.
Also, they've added the most annoying "freshness levels" to everything. Combined w/ TIMED requests, this is just terrible to me. I have very little backpack space, so I sell items to get more space & get the highest profit before it lowers in "freshness," then I get a request from a villager who wants an item but I don't have enough time to find it again before the request deadline. Because I can't store things! Because everything rots!
The only way to store things w/o them rotting is to use a cart that you don't get until a few years into the game. Omg.
Also, since you only get to have animals OR crops pretty much, this makes cooking very hard. And the game's storyline revolves around cooking. I either have milk and eggs or only vegetables. And I can't like save my ingredients and move between town to compensate for this. Because they'll just rot. ><
The characters have decent design. All have kinda chubby faces though. But decent personalities. If I could save in the middle of the day it'd be easy to just pick up and relax w/ this game. But alas it's only before bed. I get bored before a whole day ends b/c I'm too busy "traveling" or realizing I no longer have an item I need, then getting annoying and turn
This game was a vast improvement on some other DS titles, the story is fun they didn't try to over play the touch screen, and with added requests, collections, contests, and festivals it feels like there is more to do than just grow and sell.
The 3D effect in this game is very unimpressive, I realize this game was built for the DS and the 3D was an after thought, but you could really tell the 3D was just that, an afterthought.
However this was an excellent Harvest Moon game and any fan of the series would be thrilled to add this to their collection.