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Hometown Story by Natsume Inc.




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  • Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Violent References
Hometown Story is rated 2.4 out of 5 by 17.
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  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Publisher: Natsume Inc.
  • Developer: Toybox Inc.
  • Category: Role-Playing

Product Details:

A Tale of Life, Love, and Friendship!

In a lush, green village tucked away in the countryside, you'll reunite with old friends, meet new ones, and rediscover yourself. This is where you grew up, your hometown.

You've been tasked with reviving your grandmother's old shop, and have your work cut out for you. However, the more items you sell, the more customers will come to your shop. And as you manage your shop better, you can expand, and the village will prosper!

As your shop begins to grow by selling more expensive and rare items, you'll be able give these items to the different villagers that populate the town. Therefore, not only will running a successful shop net you gold, but it will also help reveal the unique stories each villager has. Something insignificant to most people might be the most important thing in the world to someone else!

In addition, all the villagers in your hometown have their own unique stories. Which villagers' stories will move you the most? And what will you do to help them? At times, you will be faced with some very important decisions.

You'll be free to run your shop the way you want to. Your experiences will be completely different from anyone else's. By the end, you'll have experienced so many unforgettable memories.

  • Create your own character to reflect your personality!
  • Lots of unique villagers you can befriend and help!
  • Many different endings!
  • Play the game how you like!
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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 =-=
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Great, Not Terrible. I bought this game because it was made by the same people who did Harvest Moon, which I love. I'm sure a lot of people have done the same thing. It seems they didn't go much into detail for story here at all. Basically it thrusts you in with a note saying to come to this address, and then this little animal says that your grandma has passed away and she wants you to run the store. Your character obviously doesn't remember your grandma ever living in this place, and after meeting an old friend you obviously don't remember him either. But later on your little monologues say that you remember enjoying time here as a child and visiting grandma. Not very clear on all of the story now is it? They also lack telling you HOW to do things, they just sort of assume you know how other than the little critter teaching you how to set up shop in the morning. They do have a nice variety of character creation details as usual for a Harvest Moon type game, and you can even collect magazines later on to expand your options on hair and clothing. Stocking your shelves correctly takes detail down to a pin point but you can find a rhythm, though it's kind of tedious even for this type of game. Shops don't have hours listed so you never know when the bakery, or the twin's place is actually going to be open unless you just sort of hang out in front of it all day and wait for someone to enter. There are a good amount of items you can get though if you have the money and that's fun to sell when you have fully stocked shelves, which takes awhile to be able to do. There are lots of characters that move into your town and they're silly and quirky like any Harvest Moon game, only it doesn't really feel like you're earning them to move in. It says in instructions and by the little critter who helps you run the place, that the better your shop does the more people will visit and move into town. But it just sort of happens anyways. You only get 2-3 love candidates for each gender and sadly none of them are really special or have that much personality out of all of the characters in the entire village. For women I know you get Steve, who is the mayors son and your childhood friend that you don't remember. He's alright but he always seems to be pushing you to move to the city to open a chain store? Not really a sweet guy. Shinji is some scientist who is studying the Harvest God, he's really obsessed with it and I don't see how he can have a wife if he's so utterly obsessed with this. And Dexter who is the quiet guy who doesn't seem to understand romance at all, boring. The thing I find worst is that you can't actually close shop/set closed days. Instead you have to leave your doors open and customers will stand at the counter as you go look outside for cut scenes/buy things/talk to people/explore. Also POCHICA(the little critter) IS USELESS. She explains the small tutorial at the beginning and then her usefulness ends. She doesn't explain much after that and she basically talks for you in cutscenes, she won't help you in the store or tend to the counter while you leave and do things, she is absolutely useless and not even entertaining despite her having a little fetch game later on. The game is entertaining on a first play through and I plan to get through all of it, marry, expand completely and etc before trading in the game. But I don't see how it could be fun on a second play through and it will just gather dust on my shelf after that. I'd say it's decent for a single play through if you can handle a game with a few quirks to it, fans of Harvest Moon like me will probably enjoy the first play through and then trade it in to play a real HM game with some actual story and growing to it.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Buy it pre-owned so that you can return it. I'm a long time fan of Rune Factory and I have enjoyed several of he Farmer Moon games. If you're expecting a game remotely as enjoyable as either of the above mentioned titles then you should turn away. The game starts off disappointing with virtually no tutorial and what little tutorial they do have doesn't even answer the most basic of questions. The fact that there is no tutorial is the only reason the last appeal got a 2 as opposed to 1 (I spent 8 hours just trying to find out the most basic of information such as how to expand the shop.) The gameplay is very monotonous due to the fact that you are only able to run the shop. You can't farm. You can't mine. You can only run the shop. The worst part is that you don't have much control over the shop either. You can't close the shop mid day so customers will line up waiting to be cashed out. They sadly didn't even add in the possibility of theft to at least give some realism to it. The best way to gain money is to be at your shop at 2 and purchase items from him so that you can resell the items back to your customers at a profit. Moving on from the store even wandering around is a pain due to the fact that for some reason with each area you change to the camera angle randomly changes. If you don't leave the shop you aren't missing much though since there isn't much of a story. The story only really progresses through random events and interactions with other characters are poor at best. The only thing I can say is even half decent regarding this game would be the graphics but a the game looking nice doesn't make it a good game. This is the only game that I have played that is on roughly the same level as the "classic" ET video game. Save yourself the disappointment or at the very least buy it pre-owned so that you can return it.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from this game stinks! I wish I had borrowed this game first. It was terrible. I was so bored. I would give it away in a flash. Bring back the old hometown games
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-10-30
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