at Natsume had a brainstorm. It's not the biggest
and brightest storm I've ever encountered but it has
the potential to be big news to the developers and
publishers of videogames.
Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town is virtually identical
to the two-year old version of Friends of Mineral
Town except that it's played from the perspective
of the opposite sex. The original game featured a
boy farmer. This version features a female version.
I know that this worked for Ms. Pac-Man but I don't
think that programmers ever thought it would work
for other games. As a review I think it's just an
annoying gimmick designed to milk a popular formula.
But if this game becomes popular we might see games
such as Splinter Cell Starring Samantha Fisher or
different is this game from its testosterone-fuelled
counterpart? Not much. I'm not being a chauvinist
when I say that the premise is highly unrealistic.
Not too many girls take on the task of moving from
the city to restore an old farm. Not that they can't
do it, but they have more sense than guys that are
too dumb to know they will certainly fail at such
an attempt. I've met a lot of farmers in my time and
I can tell you that it's the woman that has the most
sense of the household - although that's not really
any case, the girl decides to put some sweat equity
into an abandon farm. She raises crops and livestock
for her living and heads to town on occasion to interact
with the locals and look for a gentleman to settle
down with. There is a lot of micromanagement to perform
and it's done in such a way that it's actually fun,
even if being on a farm is the last thing you would
ever want to do in your life. There's a certain charm
and comfort that comes from playing this game. I like
the original so there's no reason that I wouldn't
like this one with the exception of the fact that
I've already played it as a male. It's not different
enough to recommend even renting the game but if it's
your first exposure to this RPG then by all means
give it a shot.
have to be planted, watered and eventually cultivated.
Like the livestock, when your produce is ready you
can sell it and use the money to upgrade your farm.
You can purchase new tools, additions to your home
and more animals. You'll start off with some very
primitive tools such as an axe, scythe and hoe and
eventually upgrade to a tractor and other modern machinery
to make your life easier and your business more productive.
can only do so much work in a day. Whether it's milking
cows, planting seeds, fishing or visiting in town,
you will eventually have to get to bed around 9 pm
if you're going to tackle tomorrow's chores. A time
limit will keep you in line. Time runs constantly
but it will stop if you're playing a mini-game. Using
tools will run down your stamina but you can increase
it by eating some food, of which there should be a
good supply if you're a good farmer.
obvious reasons events in the game are not in real-time.
An average day can last 20 minutes. The days will
give way to seasons in which crops and livestock will
grow until they reach maturity and can be taken to
market and sold. Eventually you will complete a year
cycle. There is no limit to how many years you can
play, so just keep going until you get bored. After
about 50 hours you've pretty much done everything
you can do.
can be paid to look after the farm for you while you
head to town with some of your prized cooking. Once
you learn how to cook you will attract members of
the opposite sex and eventually find the man of your
dreams and raise a family - if that's what you want
to do. There are so many things to do in this game
that it's staggering. What is interesting is that
it all relates to the premise. Even the way you interact
with other characters will have an effect on your
only real differences in this version are a fish pond
where you can store fish for later and a mirror in
your home for changing outfits. There might be a different
character or two and some of the dialog has been changed
but it still looks and sounds like the same old game
which isn't a bad thing unless you're looking for
something original. The original music is good and
I don't mind listing to it again since it's very relaxing.
You can connect with the Gamecube version of Harvest
Moon: Another Wonderful Life for some unlockables
such as the ability to change the music and some new
you've played Friends of Mineral Town there's nothing
to see here. Move along. If this is all new to you,
then you're in for a real treat. There's no other
RPG like it - except for the other one that's exactly