Rated 1 out of 10 by Larky Don't be fooled
I bought this game because I imagined it would be a different turn on the beloved Harvest Moon series. And it was, if you turned it inside out and then beat it with a metal baseball bat. The game's characters are adorable. But that's the only good thing about this game. There's this cute talking scarecrow and that's the only reason I gave this game a 3 in the graphic area. Immediately when you start the game you must stand in your shop the entire day and wait for people to come in. You just stand. If you decide to be a bad shopkeep and look around town, you'll get lost due to the dull an barren backgrounds. And the camera is set to switch positions every five steps so prepare to move in a direction you weren't trying to go a second prior. Do not let the name of Natsume trick you into thinking this game is good.
Rated 1 out of 10 by catcrazy Bleh.
Not worth your time or money. I was really excited to play this game, but was instantly let down. There's really not much more to say!
Rated 2 out of 10 by Itachifan137 I set my expectations too high...
I had been waiting for this game to come out for almost a year after it was announced. I begged my bro to get it for me for Christmas and he did! (along with Rune Factory 4). I was so excited! I mean come on! With a large predecessor like Harvest Moon, how could I resist?? well in a nutshell, I should've... Game starts out nice, good customization options for sure! but then, when it starts that's when it decided to go downhill. After the little sprite thing tells you how to sell stuff, ur on ur own for the REST OF THE GAME. When I was able to go outside, I was surprised and ticked off on how the shop stays open when you leave it... IT STAYS FLIPPIN OPEN!!! WHY!? It made no sense. After meeting only 3 people in the town (because its hard to find barely anyone wandering about and the map is complete horse p00p), I went back to my shop at night to find a long line full of angry customers! After about a month of in-game play, I've made absolutely no progress with anything, still have only met the same 3 villagers and only 1,000g to my name. Don't have hopes for it like I did. you'll only be crushed. I've had it for 8 months now and was mentally done with it in about a week =-=
Rated 0 out of 10 by FutureHunter Sounds fun!
It seems to be a new twist on Harvest Moon and Rune Factory. I am saying this because like Harvest Moon it sounds more like a game focused on selling and making a profit, but has no mention of fighting like Rune Factory does. However it now has a bonus of a cute dragon plushie which to me hints at a possible fantasy aspect like Rune Factory has just no fighting or farming instead you do good old fashion trading which requires talking to people and getting them to like you. It will no doubt have a love relationship aspect in it given the first line in the product details and it is probably giving the choice to choose gender of your character given the cover and lack of gender pronouns used in the product details. I am looking forward to the change from farming and/or fighting and have preordered and already paid for the game.
Rated 6 out of 10 by Skyte Great idea but missed the mark
The game had great potential but it missed the mark. The bare bones of it is you're put in charge of a store Harvest Moon style and gotta run it. Ok I like the sound of that. Each game ends out differently? This sounds kinda like other titles that promised this but didn't reach it but I like where your head's at. BUT the gameplay doesn't quite get to where it needs to be. There is very little in the way of the game telling you what you are supposed to do. Such as where can I get more stuff, apparently from some random guy that sells stuff to you; what stuff can be sold in my shop, no way of telling before you buy it; Where do people live, get out there and look and make a mental note because that map is useless unless you have already met the person in which case you can stalk them. One thing that bugs me is that you cannot not open the shop! You literally cannot leave your house without opening the store first. And when you leave the shop it doesn't close for a bit, you still have people coming in and wanting to buy stuff. Who leaves there store open with no one minding it! Other than that its relatively to fun to play in short bursts. I couldn't recommend it for extended play. If you do you better mute it or the repetitive music, while good, may cause loss of sanity.
Rated 8 out of 10 by NatsumeGirl well..... to be honest.
I really am having mixed feelings with this game. I'm like a HUGE Natsume fan not just harvest moon and stuff like that. And it does annoy me that theirs very little help in the game... they just pretty much tell you whats going on and put the shop in front of you. Its kinda complex and confusing. But I have heard rumors of interviews with the creator and he's added a new feature into this game to challenge players and that does interest me (already know what is it but am not spoiling for those who haven't looked into it or gotten that far) It does get annoying for the fact your store doesn't close. so if you gotta go do something you'll have to leave your shop and its open and when your return sometimes there are people standing around in there. As for figuring out to save (read some some people had problems with that) its similar to the new rune factory you just go to your bed/diary beside your bed. you'll get the option for action and then click A then you'll get three options that didn't seem to be a problem for me. I do wish they would of given a better booklet in the game. With at least a little info in it. Over all i do enjoy laying down at night and playing it. Just for not long periods of times....... Though I like it. I guess it all depends on what your into :) Also i actually like the graphics for this its adorable.
Rated 1 out of 10 by Katfayegirl Eh
I picked this game up and promptly put it down. It didn't really have any of the appeal of Harvest Moon - and since I'd been excited about this when it was first announced I was very disappointed.
There are faceless villagers milling around, many without even NAMES, and the few villagers that do have faces aren't memorable in any way.
The world seemed large, but mostly empty - with the occasional faceless thing walking around, nothing to pick up, nothing to SEE, and just screen after screen of emptiness. The shop itself didn't offer much enjoyment, and I couldn't really press on more than a few in game days before I gave up.
I wouldn't recommend it.
Rated 3 out of 10 by Meggatron Don't waste your time or your money...
Let me start by saying that I love every Harvest Moon game and Rune Factory. I received this game today and I've been playing it for about 8 hours now. It is absolutely terrible. It's NOTHING like Harvest Moon. The graphics are bubbly and boring, the camera angles make me run into walls constantly, the music is making my ears bleed. Seriously, there is no soundtrack. The same song plays non-stop as you have people shopping in your store. And your store is open from 6am-12am with no way to close it during the day, so if you run out to talk to people or collect items, your customers are sitting there waiting for you to cash them out. There's also no way to give gifts or even hold an item outside of your store unless you run out of your store while holding it. I've also been playing for, like I said, 7 hours nonstop and still haven't even been able to increase my store size once. AND there is nothing to do other than sell items and talk to people...you can't farm, you have no animals, you can't mine or chop down trees or fish or anything. There is also about a 2 minute tutorial in the beginning and then they throw you to the wolves. They don't even tell you what some symbols mean in your daily ledger. It's a complete disaster, and seriously, shame on Natsume for shipping it like this. Horrible game. The only reason I've played it for so long was because I was waiting for it to get better, which it never did. I feel completely ripped off for having spent $40 on this.
Rated 2 out of 10 by FutureHunter Huge disappointment
The concept was wonderful but the execution sucked big time. The camera changes are sudden and cause problems when moving and the shop is small and I see no expansion in site. Overall compared to the Harvest Moon series and Rune Factory series that this company also does it fell very far away.
I would not suggest this game to anyone as there is no manual and you are thrown to the wolves like other reviews have said. I did like the cute graphics though but Rune Factory 4 had better, as did Harvest Moon: A New Beginning.
Rated 7 out of 10 by HarvestMoonFan82 Enjoyable, addictive, confusing
I had big hopes for this as I enjoy the Harvest Moon games. It is just as addictive. It is very fun running and customizing your shop. The core gameplay is solid and a blast. The problem arises from absolutely no hand holding. Like detailed tutorials and a solid lead to advancing plot? Well, this game doesn't. If you are OK with figuring things out for yourself then it's not so bad. Its fun and keeps you playing, thinking just one more item. Gotta sell just one more thing.