As a long time Harvest Moon fan, I am pretty disappointed with this game. Stamina meters are nothing new, but getting exhausted this quickly is horrible. You also have to figure out a lot of stuff by trial and error. For example when you plant seeds you plant them in a row of 3 going away from you, but nobody really tells you that. The targeting is pretty poor, and even pulling weeds takes a lot out of your character.
Character interaction has ALWAYS been flat in Harvest Moon but it's especially flat here. The bachelors are pretty stereotypical, a doctor, the mayors son, and a fisherman (so far). It is, as always a pretty open game, you can do what you want but not when you want as you're always limited by your stamina meter. There are also a lot of variables like your soil can be poor, good, great etc and theres no way to control them other than buying overpriced fertilizer.
You don't start out with a full set of tools either, you get a hoe and a watering can and the fisherman will give you a fishing pole but thats it. My farm started with a tree fully grown smack in the middle of it and another tree sprouted the next day, but I can't chop them down because I don't have an axe, can't afford one and if there's someone who gives you one for free I havent met them yet.
I was really looking forward to finally playing this game, as the other harvest moon games I've gotten from gamefly have always been damaged, but it's a far cry from the gameplay on the gamecube.
If you want a better Harvest moon game check out:
Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar for DS
Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns for DS/3DS
Or if you want a more expansive game with more than just farming but still a Harvest Moon flavor check out
Rune Factory Frontier for Wii
All of these games are leagues above Tree of Tranquility. Honestly I could forgive EVERYTHING ELSE if it were not so slow paced. I just wanna relax and farm... but this game puts so much other BS in the way that it's hard
So far this game is good. I am at the part were Me and my favorite character (Luke) Proposed Basically almost done with the game (Nvm Never ending). The Things i like about this is that the Island is very pretty the house they get for you is new. theres Many things you could do to keep you occupied like minigames and task like making the rainbows and the sprites are so cute(In Animal parade The yellow sprite kissed the other one it was so funny..) The thing on this game that bothered me the most is that They dont give you a free cow like animal parade lol (Im frugile) and also some of the hints they give you alone dont make sense (Google is like god to me For cheats and such to help me in this game) thats about it pretty good game.