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.
No: I don’t recommend this product