Genre: RPG / Farm Simulator
Release: March 1, 1997 / February 11, 2008
Platforms: Virtual Console, SNES
Who would have thought a little farm simulator
would turn out to be so great? When Harvest Moon first came out
in March of 1997 it was one of those games people had to try.
Once word got around about this game it was selling like hot
cakes. After some fairly good sequels, and some bad ones, the
original is finally getting re-released for people to enjoy all
For my first classic game review I decided to go with Harvest
Moon, one of those games that you need to play. Harvest Moon
blends RPG aspects with farming into one great game. The concept
of planting corn and selling it to the townspeople sounds
extremely boring, but it isn’t. With the same kind of games
coming out all the time Harvest Moon is a treasure and that
still stands for today.
You start the game out as a young boy that is in charge of his
parents abandoned farm house. Your property includes a house, a
chicken coop, a barn and a lot of space to plant crops. For the
next three hundred days you have to expanded your farm and make
enough money to make your father happy. When time is up he’ll
let you know if you did a good job or not.
The game play in Harvest Moon is simple. Each day you have so
much time to do whatever you please, may it be cleaning your
field or doing other farm related activities. You can do
whatever you want, if you want to breed cows then go right
ahead. If that isn’t your thing then just plant crops, Harvest
Moon has a few to pick from in each of the games seasons.
Whenever you are doing these different activities you have to be
careful though. Your character has so much energy each day.
Whenever you break rocks or cut the grass you’d slowly loose
energy. There is a spa in the mountain that can replenish your
health or you can find some power berries. Finding these berries
can be a challenge, but they will raise your energy level
forever. I’ll give you a hint you better start digging around
your farm just a little.
Harvest Moon can get a little annoying with the energy in the
beginning of the game. If you are like me you’ll try to clean
your field in one night, which is something they took out in
later games, you character will just collapse after awhile.
Going back and fourth to the spa is time consuming and you will
do it a lot. Your jerk of a dad left the farmhouse in terrible
shape. Later on it also gets annoying if you can’t sell all of
your products before the five o’clock deadline. Your vegetables
will get stale and if you have a lot that didn’t make it in
you’re out so much money.
The game can get a little tedious too. Game play is the same
thing over every day. You really have to get into this game if
you want to enjoy it. If you want a different pace in Harvest
Moon you can try to find the love of your life. This adds a new
aspect to the game, but if you put a lot of time into this your
funds will suffer. A word of advice though if you want a better
ending you better pick out a cutie in the game.
Harvest Moon started the whole farming simulator genre, which
really hasn’t exploded even to this gay. The game is real fun
and easy to play; kids and adults can pick this game up and play
it with no worries. Trying to find this game for your SNES might
be a little hard so your best bet is to buy it on your Virtual
Console. For only eight dollars you can enjoy this game, the
simple game play is really enjoyable.
8.50 out of 10