Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns
Warning: Get the DS version!
First of all, if this is all you read, then good: GET THE DS VERSION!!! The 3DS version contains a MAJOR glitch that some copies have where the game will freeze every time you pass certain points. Plus the 3D effect isn't very good on it either. So save your money and time by getting the DS version. Okay so now onto the actual game. The game starts off by making you choose between the towns Bluebell and Konohana. Bluebell focuses more on animal tending, and Konohana focuses on farming crops. The game gives you a nice variety of crops and fruit trees, but I felt the animals could have had a better variety. One huge problem with the game is that you can only expand your farm or work on the tunnel once a month. This leads to the game being too lengthy because all you want is the in game time to pass more quickly. Another problem is they make it too difficult to do anything, like befriend animals, make certain recipes, or expand your farm. One nice feature Natsume added was being able to go foraging in the mountain deeply. The game gives you plenty of activities to do while you are not farming. And I wish they gave the characters, well a little more character. My wife in the game literally just sits in my house all day doing nothing. Literally! Come on Natsume, at least have her go out and take walks or something. That's just lazy of you Natsume... Oh and the festivals start to become very boring and repetitive after a while. The game is very addicting though as you want to expand your farm as fast as possible. The music has some pretty nice tunes to it though, and the graphics are simple, yet charming. Overall the game is fun but it has lots of room for improvement.
Amazing game...with a horrible drawback.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Harvest Moon, and this game was excellent for what I could play. Just don't buy it for the 3DS. Natsume just made a port from the DS to 3DS, and the game freezes if you don't save EVERY DAY, and still freezes occasionally. I got to the fall with no problems, but then it never stopped freezing. I would recommend this to any DS gamer, but please follow my advice or you'll be just as frustrated with it as I am.
A little slow, but it gets the job done
I'll start with bad, and end with the good to give it a happy ending. The start-up tutorial is kinda slow, and the text speed cannot be adjusted. The 3D graphics seem experimental, and there are bits where the 3D layering hurt my eyes. Okay, now for the good. It's addictive, it's hard to put it down once you pick it up. The game in general is really nice, and most of the sprites are really cute, especially the cow. Overall, it's a good game, despite all the small things, but you have to keep in mind that it was one of the first 3DS games. Though you might want to wait for the new H.M. game "New Beginnings" it promises a lot of customization.
My Favorite Harvest Moon Game By Far
This is my absolute favorite Harvest Moon game. One of my favorite parts is that I feel like, no matter what, we are always progressing with the main story line. It's not as much of a hassle as Harvest Moon games often are. I love the fishing and critter catching, the requests on the request board and all the elements that really spice things up. The 3D is very unnecessary, and I would recommend buying the regular DS version rather than the 3D to save some money, unless you really prefer the 3D. Overall, it is a very fun game that never gets boring.
DO NOT GET!
The Graphics are terrible, the story is ok and it crashes every time you play it. First it was ok a fun story but before you coul ddo anything else it freezes up everyday you try to play it. And when you have A KID ON THIS GAME THEY BOTH LOOK THE SAME AND YOU CANT TOUCH THEM TALK TO THE OR GIVE THEM ANY GIFTS FOR THREE YEARS!
Tons of Funs
I honestly don't think a lot of the reviews below are being fair to this game. I started playing Harvest Moon back on the N64 and I've played almost every Harvest Moon that's released on a Nintendo system since then. I've thoroughly enjoyed Two Towns, it ranks up there with my personal favorites. I will admit, though, this version of the game 'does' glitch pretty badly at times, when in the mountains sometimes the game will freeze and the system turns off (this usually happens after playing a few days in a row) and it gets laggy when there's a lot of stuff on the screen. I'd recommend getting the regular DS version if you're undecided, just to avoid these two little problems. Other than that, this is a wonderful and addictive Harvest Moon I've only grown to love more the longer I play it!
A mediocre farming game
Well, I can't say that this is the worst Harvest moon game. It is definitely better than Sunshine Islands, but nowhere near as good as HM DS. First off, this game has two towns. Sure, that sounds like a great idea, but there are hardly any characters to meet in each town, and the ones that do exist have little to no personality. Also, both towns are EXACTLY alike, besides the main exports. Seriously, there are hardly any differences. My main problem with this game is the "Story". Two towns hate each other because of food. Hmmmmm... not exactly winning material. All complaints aside, this game would be great for young children, or someone who wants a tiny taste of the Harvest Moon experience. Also, I never experienced the glitches mentioned in previous reviews.
It has a glitch
I just bought this game and it started freezing. I took it back and tried a different copy. This one does the same thing too. I called Nintendo thinking it was my game system even though every thing else works right and they said it was the game. I called natsume. Here is what they said in a email:
It seems there is an issue with the memory usage. While we try to pinpoint the exact cause, we have a few suggestions that might help reduce the frequency of this issue occurring in your game:
Limit the amount of times you play the petting mini-game each day to about 5 times or less. The petting mini-game uses a bit of memory. Try talking to your animals, petting them every day, and letting them out on sunny days to avoid having to use the petting mini-game as much.
Make sure to save at the end of each day (in-game time). That way, if this issue occurs to you, you won't lose any saved data.
After saving your game for the day, fully power down and restart your 3DS. If you don't want to do this every day, try every other day. Restarting your 3DS will reset the memory.
One or all of these steps should help reduce the occurrence of this issue happening in your game. In the meantime, we are continuing to look into this issue.
I am sorry if you cant play a game to its full capacity it isn't worth it.
Stick with it, it's better than you think.
I have been playing this series for years now, and I must say it began as a sore spot on the HM franchise. However, as I kept playing, I noticed that I could not only learn different things such as cooking skills, and other basic things, but it isn't as easy as people think. You can mine, but you need to get Eileen to first free up the passage between the towns. And the cooking contest is a lot more fun when it gets later on in the game and both teams are hitting it with high stamina recovery items. The only real appointments are that no matter who you marry, the kids look the same, and that they made it a tad hard to get the maker sheds. If you stick with the game, and don't just shut it out as a boring 'easy' game, you will find the complexities of it, and getting all the Wonderful Stones are a real challenge. Also, choosing the town would be better suited if you know which you like better. Bluebell is better if you wanted to raise more animals than crops, and Konohana is more traditional HM with farming rather than animals as the focus. But, Bluebell does still allow farming, you just have a lot less land and Konohana has a barn, but it is much smaller than the Bluebell one. So, just pick your talents, choose your friends wisely because they may determine if you are going to marry your dream guy/girl, and keep an open mind. It really does help.
its not my favorite harvest moon game. i dont like how you have to move from one town to another, and i feel like there is to many rooms in the mountain place, because once ur in there and u get everything, you dont have enough time to talk with everyone in the other town! also when i do play this game, i feel like im just forcing my self to play rather then enjoying the game. i havent played all the HM games, but i would recomend getting grand bazar or ome of the rune factories :D