Review by MetaGons

"Harvet Moon DS: Classic Farming at its Best!"

Harvest Moon DS is a innovative game that attributes classic perspectives from old Harvest Moon games and incorporates them into a whole new game play experience.

Game play: 7/10
The game play is excellent as far as the storyline and script goes. The script is very well-written and the game play is fine. There are many different crops to plant, and many different animals to raise (including ducks, which were not in FoMT). The one problem is all of the glitches. My game froze in the middle of game play once, and I was not able to save. There are also many other glitches in the game which can be quite annoying at times. The game play, though despite the glitches, is very fun and will keep you hooked for a long time. Game play is solid. 7/10.

Graphics: 8/10
The graphics in the game are very similar to FoMT, if you have played it. There are solid 2-D graphics and the character portraits have been better drawn, adding a more in-depth perception of the villagers facial features and emotions. The graphics are solid. 8/10.

Sound: 7/10
Ah, the sound. A component of the game that can be fairly annoying. HMDS, though, has a wide variety of songs to choose from. From the Harvest Sprites, you can purchase different records to play. That is good, because you can recall old songs from games such as FoMT for GBA, and Save the Homeland for PS2. Sound, another strong component of the game. 7/10.

Re-playability: 10/10
Re-playability; something that many games strive to have. This game definitely has re-playability. With many random events and over a dozen girls to marry, there is a great deal that you can do after you finish your first round of game play. And again, there are many crops to plant and many animals to raise, which both add to the re-playability of the game. Re-playability is excellent. 10/10.

Harvest Moon DS is a game that I definitely recommend to buy for the DS. It will keep you interested for a long while. The DS was desperately in need for another RPG, and Harvest Moon definitely is a great game. Overall, 9/10. Keep farming Harvest Moon Fans.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 09/22/06

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