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Harvest Moon Snes Review

Story 6/10
Soundtrack 4/10
Graphics 6/10
Gameplay 6/10
Controls 9/10
Overall 6/10

This is the first Harvest Moon ever made and as a fan of the series I can definitely say they have come a really long way in the last two decades. This game is definitely enjoyable but as a long time fan of the series you'll definitely find it lacking. One of the largest issues I encountered was if you go into the Winter with no animals you can't acquire animals during the winter because you need to plant grass in order to have them. This was a pretty big issue in the game if you ask me.

Story 6/10

Well, with all Harvest Moons there is a backstory for your character and you have the celebrations in town each month you can attend and of course like pretty much every other Harvest Moon you can get married. This game (unlike the others) isn't expected to go on forever and is more story oriented. The path you take in the game can change your ending, how well you do, what you do etc etc. It makes this Harvest Moon a bit more like the one for PS2 rather than a Farming Simulator like the Harvest Moons you may be used to.

Soundtrack 4/10

Normally I am not so harsh on soundtracks but this game just didn't have one that was impressive to me at all. Mostly because of the crappy sound on the console but aside from the Town song I was kind of annoyed by all of them. I guess I wasn't the only person considering the OST to this game has less than 10,000 hits on youtube.

Graphics 6/10

Honestly with how little there is to the game they could have at least done a better job with the graphics. That isn't to say they're bad (for a snes game) but I feel like they could at least made them Star Ocean quality to make up for what this game lacked

Gameplay 6/10

Unlike its predecessors in this Harvest Moon you have no Rucksack and you have to deliver your crops/items to the bin 1 by 1. This is why I scored it a bit lower on Gameplay than I normally would have. It is however a pretty fun game to play and can be as addictive as pretty much every other Harvest Moon. Just make sure you get animals and plant grass before winter. Also, a huge design flaw, you can't uproot grass once you planted it. Be careful!!

Controls 9/10

The controls for this game are pretty much as good as you can expect them to be. A few action commands share the same button but that's fairly common on older consoles that lacked a lot of buttons.

Overall 6/10

Overall this isn't that good of a Harvest Moon and I am really glad that they decided to keep making the games/improved on them for the future Harvest Moons. It's quite a surprise considering how poorly this one turned out that they even continued with the series at all. I can only recommend this game to die hard fans of the series to check out and/or anyone who is just extremely bored looking to farm some crops.
If you really want a good Harvest Moon check out the one for NDS or Gamecube. They're the best!

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