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Harvest Moon DS Reviews (Nintendo DS)

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
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Overall User Score (6 votes) 4.0


Critic Reviews

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92
GameZone (Oct 30, 2006)
Having Harvest Moon on the go is great. Being able to save anywhere makes it the perfect portable game, and since there's virtually no learning curve you can pick it up and play at any time at all. Gamers that are happy with just tending to the farm will be perfectly content, while gamers that crave more have access to much more than that. This is one of those games that just about anyone can enjoy.
86
Netjak (Oct 27, 2006)
I highly recommend Harvest Moon for the DS. If you have enjoyed Harvest Moon games in the past, this version stays true to the formula. The aspects that have been adapted for the DS are fun. This is a great game for kids- with the money management and budgeting, etc, they might actually learn something! A farming game might not sound like so much fun, but give it a chance- I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
79
With better visuals and touch-screen controls this could have been a DS classic. As it is, it's a decent introduction to the genre we shall christen the farm 'em up.
75
4Players.de (May 07, 2007)
Geduld ist eine Tugend, vor allem in Harvest Moon DS. Denn trotz der an Kinder gerichteten niedlichen Anime-Grafik wächst euer Bauernhof nicht so schnell wie z.B. der Dino-Park im Aufbaustrategiespiel Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. Statt dessen müsst ihr erst einmal stundenlang stumpf auf dem Feld ackern, bevor ihr das Geld in einen Stall und Tiere stecken könnt. Dann aber macht es auch tierischen Spaß, seinen Hof immer weiter auszubauen. Leider habt ihr auf das Aussehen der einzelnen Gebäude keinen Einfluss. Die Kulissen wirken technisch allgemein etwas altbacken. Andererseits gibt es im Dorf und auf den umliegenden Wiesen einiges zu entdecken. Ihr könnt Blumen und Pilze sammeln, einen Ausflug in die Minen machen, Preise für besonders glückliche Tiere auf einem Dorffest gewinnen sowie das Herz einer Dorfbewohnerin erobern und mit ihr Kinder haben. Auch wenn es manchmal ein wenig eintönig war, mir hat der Urlaub auf dem Bauernhof Spaß gemacht.
73
RPGFan (Oct 22, 2010)
Harvest Moon DS isn't a bad game. The Harvest Moon franchise is a rare case where taste reigns supreme. If someone wants to ditch reality by running off to live in a small town where everyone knows each other, a farmer can earn an honest living, and a girl's just waiting to have a ring put on her finger, then this is a safe escape. It's a sandbox game. Do with it what you will. For the impatient, goal-oriented gamer, this game couldn't be worse. For me, this probably won't be my last Harvest Moon game. There's enough here to give me hope that Natsume might find and fill that elusive hole every Harvest Moon seems to have. Until then, happy farming.
70
HonestGamers (Oct 28, 2006)
At the end of the day, what else can be said but – this is Harvest Moon. If you have been a faithful fan since day one and don’t care whether or not anything ever changes in this series, then have fun. If you are a newcomer, there is no better place to start. There is plenty of work to be done and those worrying about time restriction can relax a bit in knowing that the game continues forever. Year three, six, or even forty-four are all possible, just in case you want to continue your progress from home, work, or on the road. However, if you are one of those that likes change, look elsewhere. To be honest, the game is really just a combination of A Wonderful Life and Friends of Mineral Town. So if you own one or both of these games, just save your money.
66
Jolt (UK) (May 19, 2007)
Even though Harvest Moon DS has more than enough to entice and addict newcomers to the series and the less hardcore of the fans, the truth is that on the DS the game is far too lazy to be anything more than a disappointment. For a series that has thrived on the Gameboy over the years, the move to the DS is two steps backwards for Harvest Moon. The game is every bit as cute and niche as ever, but it’s not even pretending to be anything new or innovative for fans – it’s just the same old slog once again, with only a few new faces and a few new things to see.
60
IGN (Sep 12, 2006)
Harvest Moon has been a solid adventure in the portable world for over a decade, starting first on the original Game Boy, and progressing to the GBC and GBA. Even still, each generation added something new to the mix, starting with simple color display, and ending with a full immersive town and nearly endless replay value. On DS, however, it seems like the development team simply added basic bottom screen item management and a few animal interactions and called it a day. The main bulk of the game is still single screen, uses a ton of the same assets from the Friends of Mineral Town world, and though the game is supposed to be set up in a different town, a ton of the characters “mysteriously” make cameos. Even still, Harvest Moon DS is as solid of a farm simulator as it ever was, and just because it doesn’t add a ton of touch or visual flare to the mix doesn’t mean it’s a total wash.
60
Pocket Gamer UK (Jan 08, 2007)
Nobody likes games that are all graphics and no gameplay, true. But it's frustrating that Harvest Moon DS' is hindered by such inadequate and unimaginative presentation because, at heart, this is an interesting and nicely-paced experience. Like too many close-knit farming communities, it's just not as welcoming to newcomers as it could be. Get stuck in though, and you may well eventually feel right at home.
60
GameSpy (Feb 07, 2007)
Other than this, everything looks like what fans have already experienced, and the many glitches that Natsume failed to correct in the American version of the game make it hard to enjoy. Gamers approaching the series for the first time, and a female audience in particular, might like Harvest Moon DS as a cute and peculiar game experience, but the real hardcore fans will probably go back to Friends of Mineral Town, which, at this point, is still the best installment of the past few years. After all, you have to pay a much lower salary for Harvest Sprites to help you in the GBA version; as long as we don't see them organizing a sprite union, we'd rather overwork them for another harvest season...
60
Cubed3 (Apr 16, 2007)
It is difficult to give a final score to this, toying between a 6 and a 7 because if you come to this without any HM background then you will most likely really enjoy the basic gameplay mechanics. However, for veterans that have seen it develop so much over the years it instead feels like a few steps backwards. This is fine for now, but it IS a two-year old game now and there are much better offerings on the way for both DS and Wii...Your call!
60
Console Obsession (May 09, 2007)
All in all, however, this is an entertaining game, which has eaten up a considerable amount of my spare time. While limited in some respects, it is sufficiently deep to be enjoyable. A great addition to the Harvest Moon franchise, but a slightly disappointing addition to the DS library.
59
GameSpot (Sep 25, 2006)
Harvest Moon DS is a lukewarm foray into the world of farming; it's likely to please fans of the series but will leave everyone else scratching their heads wondering what all the fuss is about. The repetitive, menial tasks get old quickly, and there's not enough challenge or reward to make the required investment of time and effort worthwhile. Plus, there just isn't anything remarkably different about Harvest Moon DS. It's essentially the same game that came out years ago on the Game Boy Advance, with some useless touch-screen features added on. The bottom line is that there are much more interesting and engaging ways to spend time with your DS.
55
Deeko (Sep 23, 2006)
As a fan of the series, it breaks my heart to play this game. Harvest Moon DS could have been more — much, much more. Instead of receiving the next best handheld version of the series, we're treated to a Game Boy game disguised as a Nintendo DS title — and not even a good Game Boy game! The graphics are getting old, the touch screen menu system is lacking, the touch screen animal interaction is pure novelty and grows old fast and the storyline is not necessary. While the gameplay here is still classic, the game, at least for a next-gen handheld, is showing severe signs of aging and is sadly not worth the time.
55
Jeuxvideo.com (May 14, 2007)
Bien que bénéficiant d'une bonne réputation auprès des amateurs de simulateurs de vie, comme Animal Crossing pour n'en citer qu'un, la série Harvest Moon trébuche sur DS avec un épisode monotone qui n'apporte rien par rapport à ses prédécesseurs. On a le sentiment d'avoir affaire à un titre GBA très conventionnel et aucunement novateur. Même les fans de la série devraient se sentir floués.
52
Fragland.net (Jun 12, 2007)
Though the game is very big with a lot of ways to play it, there's not much to say about it. It starts off like a fun game to play and just falls apart like a fat kid tackled by mean fat kids eating vegetables because of the slow progress. If you know the game hasn't got great graphics, has no great music and gameplay that would even need an update 15 years ago, you'll get the point. Too bad...
50
Bordersdown (Jan 31, 2007)
Harvest Moon DS ranks as a massive disappointment to hardcore fans of the series. Even if this was an entirely different game with new graphics and updated play mechanics, anyone who has given up their life to the stunning GBA game will find themselves questioning the sanity of going through it all over again, but it doesn't help that so much here is identical to the previous handheld instalment. It's not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but the tweaks that have been introduced are minor to say the least and those expecting the unique features of the DS to be integrated in a meaningful and fulfilling manner are going to come away feeling very deflated and perhaps somewhat cheated.
50
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Apr 09, 2007)
Although Harvest Moon DS possesses the same base addictiveness as its forebears, it has no charm, no originality and no ambition. It comes across as a cynical, rushed, botched rehash of Mineral Town as opposed to a new and fulfilling entry in the series. Save your pennies for Magical Melody - with any luck, Rising Star might yet let the GameCube enjoy that last hurrah.
50
PlayDevil (Sep 18, 2007)
"Harvest Moon DS" looks and sounds poor, and the complicated gameplay and total lack of any tutorial are unlikely to draw in anyone except the most dies hard of fans to the game. This game should be seriously avoided if you have never played a Harvest Moon title before, and even then it is hardly very recommendable, as the gameplay is not up to the standard of many other games in the series. Together with an almost total lack of DS innovation, "Harvest Moon DS" should be left well alone unless you really must have a farming game for your DS.
50
Gamer.nl (May 03, 2007)
Harvest Moon DS klinkt wel leuk, maar na een tijdje gaat de gameplay vervelen en zijn er simpelweg niet genoeg volwaardige activiteiten te doen om het spel lang in je DS te laten steken. Audiovisueel kan het er nog net door en het gemis van WiFi-mogelijkheden is eigenlijk een schande gezien de mogelijkheden van de DS en de Harvest Moon-gameplay. Een gemiste kans om nieuwkomers aan te trekken tot de franchise, maar als je een echte fan bent van Harvest Moon dan zul je deze DS-versie wellicht niet willen missen.
49
Computer Bild Spiele (Jun 06, 2007)
Fans der Serie finden alles, was ein Harvest-Moon-Spiel auszeichnet - doch es fehlt an neuen Spielelementen. Die technischen Möglichkeiten des DS werden weder technisch noch spielerisch genutzt. Das Spiel wirkt wie eine überstürzt umgestrickte Version der GBA-Fassung. Das ist wirklich schade und allenfalls für Serien-Neueinsteiger "ausreichend".