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Harvester (DOS)

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Description

The year is 1953. When Steve Mason awakens in the quiet North American town called Harvest, he cannot remember anything. People claim to know him and even to be related to him, but he does not recall their names. As he explores the strange town, he encounters more and more eccentric people, whose behavior is difficult to explain. Everyone keep telling him that he should join the Lodge, the headquarters of the mysterious Order of the Harvest Moon. Steve is determined to find out the truth about the town and about himself, but he doesn't know that this truth is more horrifying than he could have ever imagined...

Harvester is essentially a point-and-click, puzzle-solving adventure game. Though a weapon-shaped icon allows the player to attack characters, this can only be done as a solution to a puzzle, in order to advance the game's plot at specific points. The largest bulk of the gameplay is dedicated to traditional adventure activities: talking to characters and manipulating inventory items to solve puzzles. "Hot spots" indicate interaction possibilities, as in most adventure games of that period. The game features video cut scenes with live actors; for gameplay portions, digitized animations of the actors are super-imposed over pre-rendered background graphics.

Screenshots

Harvester DOS Parking
Harvester DOS Bake sale
Harvester DOS Ceremony
Harvester DOS Kitchen

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User Reviews

flawed, weird, not scary...but should the word 'bad' be associated with this game? Arejarn (726) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Very good, but it has some critical flaws. Goteki45 (308) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Despite being a bit cheesy, Harvester is a good, solid, warped adventure game. Matt Dabrowski (215) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

The Press Says

Aventura y Cía Jun 22, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Coming Soon Magazine Dec, 1996 83 out of 100 83
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure-Treff Jul 30, 2002 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Aug 29, 1996 6.8 out of 10 68
PC Player (Denmark) 1997 60 out of 100 60
Computer Games Magazine 1997 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Just Adventure 1998 D 25
High Score Dec, 1996 1 out of 5 20

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Trivia

Version differences

The UK and Australian versions were censored and miss the two cannibalistic cutscenes of children eating their mother. The in-game sequence and dialogues were left in the game.

It is also said to have the following changes, but those could not be confirmed after an examination of both versions by the German website schnittberichte.com which is dedicated to listing version differences:
  • a disclaimer was added before the game starts.
  • the main character's name was changed to Mike instead of Steve.
  • several gory scenes were shortened.
  • a removed scene in which the protagonist finds a murdered family.
  • most of the offensive dialogue about gays, Italians, and Indians was removed.
  • all verbal references to S&M were cut, but the S&M scenes themselves were not.

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Matt Dabrowski (215) added Harvester (DOS) on Nov 06, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (245704) and menschenfeind (3391)