Rated 4 out of 10 by xMiyumiChanx Worst Harvest Moon game I've ever played.
I disliked that there was no harvest goddess, harvest sprites, rival marriages, or shipping bins. The amount of time it took to attend animals was ridiculous. Much longer than older harvest moon games. The bazaar was fun, though. Ringing a bell and answering questions was entertaining, but it got old. The one thing that turned me off the most was that there was NO MINING. The music got annoying and gave me headaches after playing for just 2 hours. I got bored after playing for 2 years. (hm time) Not being able to sell your animals was a huge turnoff. I actually had to let them die to get rid of them. Made me cry and swear to never play that game again. Want to play a good and recent Harvest Moon game? Then don't play Grand Bazaar. Play Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for Wii. Check out videos on it on youtube or something, 'cause I don't have time to explain everything.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Alana513 Best Harvest Moon game ever
I was really excited when I heard about a new Harvest Moon game coming out for the DS. I was going to buy it when it came out, but I didn't have time, and I wasn't able to find it anywhere. I just got it a couple of days ago and I am hooked. It is so much fun. I liked the idea of having a bazaar and I was a bit nervous if I would like it, but it's so much better! You have more options in this game than any of the others I've ever played, and it doesn't take nearly as long to go through the days in the game. You can have more animals and it's much easier to get money and to make money. I would highly recommend this game to anyone who likes simulation games. It was worth buying. I wish I had gotten it sooner and I am glad I didn't wait until Christmas to get it!
Rated 0 out of 10 by frothyhalopro so so
all harvest moon games have been so so.i think they need to go back to the game were everyone was fun to interact with and grew older with time. i believe a wonderful life was incredible. everyone in that game was fun to talk to and sometimes even gave you good in game advice. now it seems in harvest moon that no one really has a back story and they are just there. however the core mechanics of the game look solid and the graphics are really getting improved. i also like how you have to sell your goods at the bizzar it seems sort of like how u used to lay out a carpet and sell goods in a wonderful life. all together i think this game looks ok but i dont think they will ever be able to make a game again that made me feel like i was actually there.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Ninjah Amazing~!
Grand Bazaar is a great game. The graphics and characters look amazing, and wuiteadorable. The music is very tasteful unless your extremely picky. The characters each take on their own original personality, giving you different options for marriage and friends. The controls are fairly simple, L to run/walk, a to jump and so on. What can get a little annoying is that the characters say just about the same things every day, and the only variety you'll get is in cutscenes, which aren't very common. Relationship wise, your choice's rival will not steal them away, so that is something to consider. The time goes by quickly, but still gives you enough time to d everything you want to do, and then some. You also lose less stamina from using tools, and if you use it all, there are various ways to regain more. The game is good for anyone who has not yet been introduced to the HM series, and does not get boring after long amounts of time. I got the game about a month ago, and it hasn't gotten boring for me yet. I still actively play it almost everyday. I have recommended it to a few of my friends. Also, if you enjoyed this game, I recommend Animal Crossing Wild World. It is extremely similar, without the farm and the people in the game are animals.
Rated 4 out of 10 by Gcorp Here's a real review
I was hoping that this game would be one of the better HVM games, but it is one of the worst. My first impression of the game was that it would be a cool spin off of every day farm life, but it was much worse. The characters are bland, and lack personality. They may look different, but they have no emmotion. There is NO ADVENTURE whatsoever, and i know HVM games aren't adventure games, but hey at least give me somewhere to go! The town consists of JUST HOUSES, no stores or shops or anything. I understand that the bazaar is supposed to be where you get your seeds and animals, but there should be atleast one store in the town. I reccomend getting Tale Of Two towns instead, because it is a much better buy.
Rated 0 out of 10 by ~Bek~ Harvest Moon Grand Bazaar
The game is by far the best Harvest Moon game for the Nintendo DS. Although the graphics and sounds are a bit behind nintendo games, natsume has really stepped it up. The game is different than most harvest moon games, including an entirely new story line,multiplayer mode, and the ability to jump! One thing most people have noticed about the game, is the similarity to Nintendo's Animal Crossing Wild World, released in 2005. They both are very fun similation games that include collecting fruit from trees to sell, upgrading your house, and a very similar multiplayer mode. Although the games look a lot alike, Harvest Moon Grand Bazaar is a very unique in it's own way. It is definitely a must buy game.
Rated 5 out of 10 by SoraRikuKairi It was really repetitive.....
The game overall was.... eh, well, it wasn't that great. To me is seemed like a plotless, easier version of Sunshine Islands. The marriage candidates are great, but trying to marry them isn't fun anymore cuz you aren't competing with rivals. It was also super repetitive. Unlike in Sunshine Islands, you don't really have a clear goal... Sure, to make your bazaar stand prosper, but all you REALLY have to do for that is bring a lot of high quality products. I got sick of the game very quickly. I loved Sunshine Islands, so I assumed this one woul be equally as fun, but it wasn't. It was a disappointment. If you want a farming game, don't get this one. Get Sunshine Islands :)
Rated 9 out of 10 by Candace Definitely My Favorite
Tale of Two Towns just came out, but I keep finding myself coming back to Grand Bazaar. I love the Bazaar idea, it is unique to the game. The only drawback that I can think of to this game is the fact that it really doesn't take very long to do your chores (animals, water/harvest). I'm normally done within 2 hours of in-game time. There is very little that I don't like about this game. All the marriage candidates for boys and girls are attractive and interesting. I have noticed that there are no rival candidates, however, so if you spend a few years just focusing on farming, the candidates aren't suddenly going to get married to someone else. All-in-all, a good game, even for beginners.
Rated 0 out of 10 by srose00 Seems Intresting
From the screen shots, it appears Harvest Moon features have increased (like bug catching) and I can't wait to see them in action. But the characters look a little weird (o.o' ). But if Natsume does what is usually does, then the game will probably turn out great like the rest of them. The graphics look pretty good. The storyline is like the rest, but it seems like there will be more shops than the others (hopefully). I'm looking in this game for something different like the rest of them. Something that will want me to keep playing after the main story. Like in Rune Factory 2, there was a second generation where you could play as the child. I'm keeping my hopes up for this game.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Forced Fable A winning series strikes again.
Its hard to deny Harvest Moon. The first one I played was for the Nintendo 64, and to be perfectly honest, it is still my favorite of the franchise. For whatever reason, we as gamers find an odd fascination with the most mundane of chorse. Cooking, working a field, raising cattle and chickens and horses. None of that really ever fits in to a gamers profile. Once you place it into a game, and add silly characters, and an obvious purpose (either saving a seasonal goddess, or her sprites, or the town, or your farm, or a mixture of all of that) it becomes an addictive way to spend your time. From the amount of recipes you can make, to the different things you can grow (both livestock and plant based), to the family that can be made, this game pretty much has it all. And now, with the ability to sell everything you make and grow at a huge bazaar, now we as gamers can say we have mastered the art of commerce! Farmers and Buisness-people! In all seriousness though: a tried and true method of gameply, using the DS's touch screen to the fullest it can, with a storyline that has already, for years, captured the attention of both young and old, the newest edition to the winning series will have no trouble fending for itself in the gaming market today. Again I say (in fewer words this time): Well done.