4 out of 5
Cartoony strategy with farm elements
Harvest Moon is a great series
which combines cool cartoony graphics with a nice gameplay that, while not on the verge of simulation, is nevertheless very true to a set of simulation principles. Graphics wise, the game combines sprites with a top down view of your farm
. The style is a clean 8/16 bit
one, but it also sports elements that go beyond that graphic look and style. As main gameplay mechanic, you will be doing all sorts of Farmville like activities. You will have to make sure that your crops are planted, taken care of and harvested when they are ripe, that you sell the produce and that you have a nice relationship to the community
. The game is also interesting if you neglect your crops, as they will begin to develop funguses and a certain state of dereliction, nicely expressed by the graphics will become evident in the game. Therefore, if you want a feel good, sufficiently hard but never too hard farm sim game, this one can certainly deliver. It is a nice combination of elements, a combination of gameplay styles that feels really satisfying and very cool to play.