Ok so I'm not sure if this game qualifies for "retro" but it is pretty old at this point, so I'm busting it out for Retro Tuesday.

If you're unfamiliar with the Harvest Moon franchise, this series of games usually revolves around working on a farm and turning it from a rundown field of rocks and tree stumps into a profitable ranch, all while trying to get married and make friends with your neighbors. It sounds really lame but the games are actually a lot of fun. It's one of those rare games that is fun without any kind of fighting at all.

This was the first Harvest Moon game I ever played and from what I've read on-line it's considered by a lot of fans to be the best in the series. Growing your crops and raising your animals is surprisingly fun and so is trying to squeeze as much activities into each day before either time runs out or your character collapses from exhaustion. The pacing in this game is really done well. The days are just long enough to let you accomplish several tasks each day but short enough to keep you rushing from one activity to the next and keeping the game moving quickly.

There's also a constant feeling of progression which is nice. Whether your expanding your house, adding more animals to your barn, leveling your tools, increasing your characters energy, training your horse and dog for their respective races. or wooing the eligible ladies in the village you constantly feel like you're accomplishing something to improve your character or your farm. It's also very easy to get wrapped up in the game and not realize a couple hours have gone by.

Unfortunately this game hasn't made it to the Virtual console, so if you want to give it a shot you'll have to track it down on amazon or eBay for the N64. Of course there are other means to acquire the game, but you probably already know that. :)

jdodson   Admin wrote on 06/21/2012 at 08:07pm

I remember hanging out with you a few times and you showing me your farm. Did you ever play the SNES version?

Anyways, this game always looked awesome to me but I never had the chance to play it. I guess I played its distant cousin on Facebook, Farmville but from what I played of Harvest Moon it always looked better to me.

Wonder if they will do a web/online version, it would be pretty fun and less lame than the waiting aspect of Farmville.

Timogorgon   Member   Post Author wrote on 06/21/2012 at 09:05pm

Never tried out the SNES version. I have one of the PS2 games and the futuristic spin off "Innocent life" but neither game seemed as fun as the 64 version, so I didn't play them much.

Oh, and Harvest Moon != Farmville. Harvest Moon is creative, different, and fun. Farmville is just terrible. :P

jdodson   Admin wrote on 06/22/2012 at 12:18am

Yeah, Farmville had a few days of play value for me and I agree, its un-great. I was just musing that Farmville is in some way, a distant cousin to Harvest Moon. :)

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