Harvest Moon GB

aka: Bokujō Monogatari GB, Harvest Moon GBC
Moby ID: 6493
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Harvest Moon is a farming simulation where you must build and maintain a farm during the course of a year, while taking care of your budget and yourself.

You have the ability to buy, sell and take care of farm animals, crops and any other supplies that you may have. You can trade with many of the town's people, and fellow farmers. If you link up a friend's Game Boy, you can trade items between players as well.

The local stores supply plenty of items to help you in your quest, at a cost, of course. And if you have the time, you can go about the town in search of a little fun away from work.

From an overhead perspective, you can explore your farming area, the local town and the Harvest Sprite tunnels, full of strange and wonderful creatures that can help or destroy your quest. There are four seasons (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring) and each brings with it new challenges such as keeping arm animals warm during the colder seasons, and supplying water to the crops during the warmer periods.

The GBC version includes all new characters and background sprites in full color, but is also backwards compatible with the original Game Boy version.

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  • 牧場物語GB - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 76% (based on 11 ratings)

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Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 15 ratings with 1 reviews)

Harvest Moon... for anti-social farmers??

The Good
It's Harvest Moon. In a Game Boy. Harvest Moon on the go! Heck yeah! Take all that farming action with you wherever you go!

This game remains somewhat faithful to the Harvest Moon name. Yep, the farming is there, that challenge of making something of yourself by restoring a run-down farm, just as we saw in the SNES Harvest Moon.

And your choice of dog or cat, and your character's gender is something new from the SNES Harvest Moon. Also, you can still grow crops in the fall and winter, so you're not completely strapped for cash in those off-seasons, which could be a possible scenario in the SNES HM.

The Bad
Note how I said "somewhat" faithful before...

No marriage?? ;_; Where's the interaction with the people and the girls? Sure, we need to keep it simple, but HM ain't the same without the marriage!

Where are all the festivals? I entirely understand the capabilities of the Game Boy, but watching a buncha people sitting on a picnic blanket, staring at each other for an entire day isn't very interesting. No one can look forward to that, can they? And each festival is exactly the same! Great...

Umm... who are these people in the village?? Hey... why are they so scared to talk to me?? I'm not gonna bite! But that's what they think! Oh crap, this could be bad. I guess I'll go talk to the Harvest Sprites then... at least they appreciate me...

The Bottom Line
For a fledgling Harvest Moonie, this game is good to test the waters with. But be warned, if you've played any other HM game... you may not be entirely satisfied with this one...

Game Boy · by Iris-chan (70) · 2002

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Game added by Kartanym.

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Additional contributors: Trixter, chirinea, Sciere.

Game added May 29, 2002. Last modified November 14, 2023.