Rated 10 out of 10 by Himeku It's Alright
Well, basically this game is great for all the gamers who really love challenging themselves, like myself. I thought that evrything was alright. I definately thought that it was the hardest HM game yet though, but that's because i've only played 5 others, which were only for the DS and GB. I thought that the character customization was ok, because you can't really do much to your character. But I loved how challenging it was, to get married and get all the prperties and people on the island. I mean I'd recommend this game to any gamer out there looking for a challenging game, but likes the RPG sort of games. But you would have to play several other Harvest moon games for this one, because it is tough! I mean overall the game was an incredible experience, I'll never forget it! But if your new to harvest moon and you have either a short attention span or a low self-esteem, then you should'nt play this game. But start off with something easier like HM MFOMT. Overall though I enjoyed the game.
Rated 1 out of 10 by Megan1485 What is this!?!
Ok, I love the Harvest Moon games, but seriously what is this? I hated this game. The story appeared to be interesting but I couldn't play for more than I few minutes. The controls were terrible (think Legend of Zelda for the DS but 10 times worse) and made for my character dropping items in the wrong spots and losing items. Plus the graphics were odd, you almost looked like a bobble head... The ruck sack didn't automatically sort all the like items together, which means that you have to if you want any room for anything. The map doesn't work right because it shows the area in general of where the character is, but if you try to find them in that location, 90% of the time they aren't where their picture is. I was extremely disappointed especially because all the other Harvest Moon games are a lot more fun. I was looking forward to this game, and was sadly displeased. If you are looking for an amazing Harvest Moon game I recommend Harvest Moon DS (or Harvest Moon DS Cute) I would stay as far away from this game as possible.
Rated 0 out of 10 by <Nippon Farmer> Can't Wait!
I can't wait for this game to come out. I've been pestering the Gamestops in my area since I learned it was coming out in the same year, and I've disappointedly watched them pull the dates back. Its going to be nice going back to the old Harvest Moon format. And I honestly think this will be a hit. The graphics are awesome (much better than I would have expected after DS and Rune Factory), and the new characters with decent bachelors/bachelorettes will be a much needed reward. I mean, the AWL group was nice, but every HM Fan girl can admit that there was not a good enough choice of guys. As for the Island Stuff, I've heard many people complaining about it, and honestly-- think to what country made Harvest Moon. Japan, ??, Nippon, however you say it. Japan is an island nation, so a little community on an island isn't all that exotic. All in all, I'm looking forward for this buy. But low and behold, how many other games come out on that date? Sims2, HM:ToT, yadda yadda yadda. But out of them all, this is definitely the one thing I will make sure to buy.
Rated 5 out of 10 by Willf1018 ehh...
I first bought this game just because of the title, without reading any reviews. This was a poor choice. When I first starting playing I thought this game would have a lot of potential. The first thing I noticed was how hard the controls were. Moving with the stylus is a pain, and there is no option of using the d pad. Using tools makes me mad too. You can barely water 9 squares before you pass out without eating every piece of food you can find. This leaves little time to interact with the other villagers. You basically cant get good relationships with anyone either. It has taken me a year of giving gifts every day to get to the next heart level to the girl I was trying to marry. On top of that, the other guy beat me anyway. Building other buildings is too hard too. It takes forever to get enough money to buy something, let alone the months of gathering wood and stone. All in all, this had potential to be a good game, but the poor controls and difficulty of the game made it not fun for me. I prefer the more simple harvest moons like harvest moon 64 and ds.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Joshua St. Cannot Wait!!!
A new adventure! Though once again this seems like the typical Harvest Moon...ya know, Grow crops, Raise Livestock, Get Married, ect...I can't wait! Thats exactly what Harvest Moon is about! This Island thing seems to be a slight twist also. I bet there is a cool new intro. With the best Main charactor designs so far i'm loveing it! Mark and Chelsea are the best I've seen for awhile. The Classic Jack and Claire were getting old and the Jill and Pointy Hair Jack just were plan boreing. Then there was the two childish looking charactors in Magical Melody. This new look is way more safisticated and sociable. I love it. There is also a way for your favorite charactors to come visit you from Mineral Town! Though not marragable (which WAS disapointing i must say) You can see Karen,Popuri,Cliff,and Doctor from good ol' Mineral Town. Just plug in you copy of Friends of Mineral Town and wa-la. I am so excited!
Rated 8 out of 10 by Zahl Decent Comeback
This is a decent comeback to a long list of mediocre games from Natsume. If you have a DS I highly recommend it, it's a great way to introduce yourself into the series or just to farm on the go.
The farming and raising mechanic of this game seems lacking but it makes up for it with a lot of other stuff to do. I really like this game and I'm glad it's making a good turn for Harvest Moon.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Melissa The Lovely Storm (?) Is arriving!!~
What do I mean by Storm, my lovlies? Well what I mean is, All of the harvest moon games (And Rune factory), were great, but this... this is going to be so wickedly awesome, and I believe/hope, that its going to turn into a storm of people rushing to the store to get it. 1- You get to live on an island! How romantically daydreamingly awesome is that? (Sorry, being a girly girl XD; ) 2- A LOT of new character designs- I mean i LOVE the old ones, don't get me wrong, but its refreshing to see new ones once in a while!) 3- ITS FROM NATSUMI. It can't be THAT bad! >W< 4- The graphics, ROCK. I was seriously shocked when I saw some of the trailers to this game, and I thought "Is this really for the Ds?" And finally, I dont see them messing this game up, I just can't see it. I think its going to be a HUGE hit, or at least I hope so seeing that I'm pre-ordering it~ ~HARVEST MOON FAN XD~
Rated 7 out of 10 by Happy Harvest Mooner Only OK but Still Good
I bought the game to pass time until harvest moon tree of tranquility came out. At first i absolutely loved the game. The controls got annoying after a while though. After 3 game years i still couldn't figure out how to upgrade tools and get accessories. It takes a while to get money so its a little hard to upgrade your house and build barns. I did like that the landscape and the characters were better graphics then previous hand held harvest moon games. I did enjoy that you don't need to upgrade your fishing rod to catch better fish, and that time doesn't pass while your inside. The controls make it hard to accurately water crops or use any tool (except the fishing rod.) They did make major improvements though from previous games. I would recommend this game to any harvest moon fan that is willing to bear through some control difficulties.
Rated 8 out of 10 by colonel58 great game
to me this is a pretty good game. i've only had it for a week, but i still like it. there are some things that i don't like, like how you have to use the stylus to move around the place. a couple of times i accidently cut a crop because i forgot and used the controlpad instead of the stylus. other problems that i have with this game is that you have to have "wonderfuls" to upgrade your tools. there are some pretty cool advantages to this game, though. like all the new kinds of seeds you can get like rice and wheat and soybeans other things i like about this game is that unlike all the other harvest moon games, there alot more people to meet so you don't really get bored with the same characters. last but not least, the graphics are great, the 3D makes the gaming experience even better. i would definitly recommend this game.
Rated 4 out of 10 by Suzukii_15 Um....
Ok, when I got this game I thought it would be worth it and fun, since I own the harvest moon Ds ( the first Harvest moon Ds game) I thought this game would be more Challenging, but guess what? I finished the game within my winter vacation (two weeks) although it would have been fun if we had another generation similar to Rune Factory 2. I was really disappointed about this game because there was no basic story line, like Harvest moon Ds there was no goal in harvest moon Island of happiness, but the characters looked a lot better compared to the older ones, but the controls (like most people) made this even harder to play. I enjoyed it, but there was really no point to this game, except court, marry, then have a child that was about it and just get money to get the three bridges, and to rebuild the roads.