Farm living is the life for us. Believe it or not, the Harvest Moon series is ten years old now, yet the simple and joyful acts of working the land and taking care of critters are as bewilderingly appealing now as they were a decade ago. Sure, there’ve been umpteen versions of the game since the original, but none on the PSP – until now, that is, in the form of Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon.
As you can gather, it’s a non-traditional take on the beloved franchise, but don’t let the title worry you too much - you’re not growing crops in zero-gravity geodomes or space stations. On the other hand, this is a world of robots, computers, and automation, albeit juxtaposed against the distinctly olden-time pursuit of cultivating fruits, veggies, chickens, and other farm staples.
In the Pinocchio-meets-Green Acres-in-the-future storyline, you’re a robot creation tasked with trying to learn to be human by understanding the meaning of life; simultaneously, it turns out that saving your island homeland is on the agenda as well. This island is remarkably large, and you’ll be exploring every nook and cranny - spelunking caves for magic jewels, foraging across mushroom forests, chatting up folks, and getting weekly tune-ups from your mad scientist creator.