Harvest Moon: On an Island With You [import] review

  • Control system uses touch screen well
  • Reap what you sow... literally
  • Caring for your chickens
  • Controls take getting used to
  • Audio choices could be better
  • Sick chickens

Let’s get this straight. We’ve been shipwrecked, we’re forced to run the only farm on the island - and we’re the only ones visibly purchasing anything from anyone, which means that we’re single-handedly maintaining this island’s economy? That’s a lot of pressure. Then, to rub sea salt into the wounds, other people gradually arrive and move onto the island out of choice, and at no point does anyone say “Hey, where were you headed before the shipwreck? Perhaps I can give you a ride?” Oh no - it’s all “Don’t be so eager, that turnip you gave me wasn’t all that great.” Lazy, ungrateful jerks.

Once again we find ourselves struggling against natural storms and disasters to maintain a lucrative farm with happy animals, all of whose happy byproducts translate into cold hard cash. Not that it’s meant to be about money. It’s meant to be about gaining respect and persuading one of your fellow islanders to go out with you - even if you’ve got straw in your hair and cow shit on your jeans. As it’s in Japanese though, the socializing feels a little arbitrary, and you’ll frequently end up walking in on other characters flirting with your potential mates just because they speak the same language.

More Info

Release date: Feb 01 2007 - DS (US)
Available Platforms: DS
Published by: Natsume
Developed by: Natsume


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