Archive for February, 2010

REVIEW: Harvest Moon: My Little Shop

this article is part of an ongoing series examining the entire Harvest Moon franchise. see the main article and index here.

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, my console buying habits are based solely on how many Harvest Moon games have come out on a given console.  When I acquired my Wii, four Harvest Moon games had been released, with this one coming out a couple days after I purchased the system.  I decided to get in on the first wave for this one and wait a bit to play the others.

Yeah… this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. This is also way longer and more detailed than most of these Harvest Moon reviews will be, since this is the newest one and it’s so different and all. I figure some people will be curious about it.

QUICK FACT: More like a spinoff game than a regular entry in the series, the emphasis is not on farming.
QUICK FACT: The gameplay is minigame-based, and the game runs in real time.

GAME LENGTH: The game keeps going once you finish (and the finish depends on how quickly you master the minigames, how frequently you play, and also when a random customer comes into your shop at just the right time). It’s likely that those who enjoy it are going to want to keep playing past the end since there’s a lot of villagers to interact with, especially with the add-on content, and that’s the best part.

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