Review by Triforcer

Reviewed: 03/16/04 | Updated: 03/16/04

The Moons of Harvest Have Come Forth!

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is the latest incarnation of the popular series of Harvest Moon games. These games have been charming gamers the world over for quite a while now.

These games have been popular since the NES days, when we were treated to Harvest Moon. After that, a few games that shared that popularity were Harvest Moon 64 for (obviously) N64, Harvest Moon: Back to Nature for PSX, and more recently, Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town for the Game Boy Advance and GBA SP.

Enough shameless plugging of other games, though. Let's get to this game. Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is a Gamecube exclusive Harvest Moon that was released on March 16, 2004. It has updated graphics from all of the other Har
vest Moon games and is done in the Harvest Moon gameplay style, with the old farm and the same type of relationship-building gameplay that has made the Harvest Moon series famous.

Graphics: This game has decent graphics, with good transitions from season to season and day to night. The textures look N64-ish, but hey, who cares anyway? Seriously, though, this game sometimes has a few graphical problems, but is mainly an error free graphical experience.

Graphics: 7/10

Gameplay: This is where this game shines. You are a farmer who inherits an old farm, and you have to fix it up. You also have to keep up good relationships with the village people (no relation to the band) including your potential wife. The farming system and relationships are excellent.

Gameplay: 8/10

Sounds: The music in this game is slightly repetitive, but catchy at points and definitely appropriate for the farming mood. The sounds have the capability to sound almost real. This is one of the games finer points.

Sounds 9/10

Replay Value: This is the reason to buy this game. With three potential wives and loads to do, you could feasibly play through three times or more. The only thing that limits the replay value is how much time you have.

Replay Value: 10/10

Extra Features: This game has many minigames and extra features. One feature is the ability to link up to Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town to swap items and get extras. Also, you can play a multitude of minigames to while away the time. This is another fine point of this game.

Extra Features: 9/10

Rent or Buy: Definitely buy

Final Review: A game with charm and charisma, worth a look and maybe even a buy!

Last Verdict: 9/10

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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