Farming games like Harvest Moon Archives

Farming games like Harvest Moon Archives

farming games like Harvest Moon Archives

farming games like Harvest Moon Archives

Tag Archives: Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon vs. Story of Seasons: A brief history of the farming sim controversy

Eduard Gafton | August 21, 2020Categories: Editorials, GameCube, Nerd Culture, News, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, PlayStation 4, Sony, Switch

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town came out last month. Why does it look so strikingly similar to Harvest Moon? I’ll come clean from the get-go and tell you…more»

Tags: farming sim, Harvest Moon, Harvest Moon: One World, Marvelous, Natsume, Story of Seasons franchise, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

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Stardew Valley tops 10 million units sold

Kyle | January 27, 2020Categories: Android, Indie Games, iOS, Mobile, News, PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One

According to indie developer Concerned Ape, the hit farming simulator Stardew Valley has crossed the 10 million units sold threshold. Stardew Valley was first released in February 2016 on PC.…more»

Tags: Concerned Ape, farming sim, Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley

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Harvest Moon: Mad Dash launches on PS4 and Switch

Samantha | November 5, 2019Categories: News, PlayStation 4, Switch

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is out now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. The latest Harvest Moon title is a fast-paced take on the long-running series. Harvest Moon: Mad Dash features both single…more»

Tags: farming sim, Harvest Moon, Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, multiplayer, Natsume

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Sunday Roundup: 4/5/15

Happy Easter everyone!

This week saw a collection of games from Goodwill, eBay, and GameStop. A few of those GameStop games were great finds: games I have wanted to play for a long time and games that were simply a steal for the price. Anytime I can find something at Goodwill is always a treat as well, and this there was even a surprise (literally!) in one of the games I bought. Lastly the games from eBay were part of a lot of loose DS games, but still included some swell finds for a sweet price. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: Anubis II, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, Bubble Bobble Double Shot, Celebrity Sports Showdown, ChoroQ, Collecting, Collection, eBay, Gadget Racers, GameStop, Goodwill, Harvest Moon, Kurupoto: Cool Cool Stars, MechAssault: Phantom War, Might & Magic IX, Nintendogs: Dachshund & Friends, Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers, Skate City Heroes, Story of Seasons, Sunday Roundup, Super Bust-A-Move, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Tournament of Legends, Treasure World, video game, video games, Zone of the Enders

Review: Rune Factory 4

I can’t tell you how many times I played Harvest Moon and thought to myself, “Man, growing crops, starting a family, and helping out around town is great, but what this game’s really missing is monsters, dungeons, and battle axes.” Thankfully for all of you who share my concern a brand new Rune Factory game is here and it delivers on all your turnip-growing, monster-slaying desires.



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Tags: Harvest Moon, Review, rpg, Rune Factory IV, video game, video games

Sunday Roundup: 5/12/13

Two quick games this week, thanks to Groupon of all places. I’ve used the online coupon site before for this and that, and I’ve always seen game deals on there. It’s usually something like $10 – $20 off a somewhat new game (like right now they have Resident Evil 6 for $15). The site updates frequently, so I suppose if you’re in the market for some newish games on the cheap, you might get lucky. This week for me though, I found two games that are in a series near to my heart. And at a magnificent price!

Harvest Moon: Animal Parade
Release Date: November 12th, 2009
Purchased at: Groupon (Online – $35)

First up this week is Harvest Moon: Animal Parade on the Wii. Not only is this a Wii exclusive, it’s one of the new Harvest Moon games out there (not to mention the newest game in the series on the consoles). The Groupon I purchased included this game and the one below for just $35 total. The crazy thing is, I believe this game is around that place by itself brand new. So, needless to say this was a pretty good deal.

Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility
Release Date: September 30th, 2008
Purchased at: Groupon (Online – $35)

The very first Harvest Moon game developed for the Wii, Tree of Tranquility came out prior to Animal Parade but both games are done in the same art style. Honestly, I expect the games to be identical to previous games in the series. By that I mean it’ll be about framing, wooing a woman, and starting a family. One more important thing to note about this Groupon deal: It also came with the plush duck from Animal Parade! A trend with Harvest Moon games is to release as a bonus item a stuffed animal from the series with each new game. My girlfriend Laura adores soft things as well as Harvest Moon, so this purchase was a no brainer. I believe we now collectively have a stuffed horse, duck, alpaca, sheep, and cow. Not to mention most every Harvest Moon game 🙂


Tags: Groupon, Harvest Moon, Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility, Sunday Roundup, video game, video games

Sunday Roundup: 1/15/12

A nice variety of games this week, thanks to a visit to a Disc Replay store I don’t often get to venture out to. Granted, it’s not the best DR store I’ve seen, but sometimes they’ve got some good deals (like this past week!). On top of that I was happy to find that the new local used game store in my hometown must have received some business, because there were plenty of new titles to choose from. I only grabbed one this time, but I can easily see myself blowing a great deal of cash there soon (and I’ll be extremely happy to do so). This brings my total game count to well over 900, and I expect to hit 1000 by years end for sure. Oh god I feel horrible… so much money!

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Tags: 1/15/12, 3DS, Adventure, Broken Sword, Farming, Fishing, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Gamecube, GB, GBA, Harvest Moon, Harvest Moon 3D, Legend of the River King, Magical Melody, Natsume, Nintendo, playstation, Point Blank 2, PS1, Season of Flame, Shadow of the Templars, spyro, Spyro Orange, Summon Night, Sunday Roundup, Swordcraft Story, Tale of Two Towns, The Cortex Conspiracy

Sunday Roundup: 12/18/11

Last week was half-priced PS2 games at GameStop.

This week was half-off GameCube games.

I went nuts.

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Tags: 12/18/11, 3DS, A Wonderful Life, Action, Another Wonderful Life, Blue Storm, Bomberman, Bongo Controller, Capcom, Cel Shaded, Cube, Doctor Lautrec, Donkey Kong, Double Dash, DS, Echoes, Farm, Farming, Forgotten Knights, Game Cube, Gamecube, GCN, Generation, Go Karts, Gotcha Force, Harvest Moon, Jet Ski, Jetters, Jungle Beat, Kirby Air Ride, Launch Title, Luigi's Mansion, Mario, Mario Golf, Mario Kart, Metroid, Metroid Prime 2, NDS, Nintendo, Odama, Professor Layton, Puzzle, Racing, Samus, Scurge, Sim, Soccer, Sports, Sunday Roundup, Super Mario Strikers, Toadstool Tour, video game, video games, Wave Race

Sunday Roundup: 10/16/11

I am really happy when I find a game I’ve been looking for. I’m happier when that game is cheaper than usual. And I’m happiest when said game is a fighting game. This week was accented by a very good find that I’m happy to have in my library.



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Tags: A Monstrous Tale, Adventure, Capcom, Children of the Atom, Escape from Monkey Island, Farm, Fighter, fighting, Gurumin, Harvest Moon, Platformer, playstation, Point and Click, Portable, PS1, PS2, PSP, Rayman 2, rpg, Shepherd's Crossing, Sim, Skeleton Warriors, Sunday Roundup, The Great Escape, video game, video games, X-Men

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11 Games like Harvest Moon for when you need a break from real life

Video games are fun, but they can also be stressful. I don't care how many mods turn Resident Evil 2's Mr. X into something silly like Thomas the Tank Engine, I will never get over the first time I turned a corner to find him lifting a helicopter out of his way to get to me. Fortunately, while few and far between, games like Harvest Moon exist solely to help you chill.

Whether it's the farming aspect you enjoy, tending to relationships, or just wandering around in the rainy mood of a small town, the life sim genre offers a well-needed respite from the guns, blood, and confrontation so often at the core of modern games. And that's not to say there's anything wrong with those elements in video games, but games like Harvest Moon certainly serve a valuable purpose, and I'd implore anyone reading to check out the following games when you just need a break from it all.

11. Graveyard Keeper

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, iOS, Android

If you like your management sims with a side of morbidity, you can go ahead and stop scrolling now and pick up Graveyard Keeper. You can immediately see the Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley inspirations in the 16-bit visuals (just ignore the witches and headstones), but Graveyard Keeper is unique for its clever take on the simulator genre, tasking players with maintaining a dilapidated medieval burial ground. Instead of keeping up a farm and getting married, you dig up graves and participate in witch burnings. Had enough with the cutesy stuff? Graveyard Keeper's your game.

10. Travellers Rest

Available on: PC

Take the classic Harvest Moon games, wind them back a few hundred years to the medieval ages, and put the player in charge of a tavern full of patrons thirsty for ale, and you've got a rough idea of Travellers Rest. In addition to brewing drinks and cooking food, you'll customize and build up your tavern, run a farm, develop relationships with villagers, and level up your character. It's set to release in Steam Early Access any day now, but for now you can download the free demo, which I've found to be quite generous.

9. Staxel

Available on: PC

At first glance, you'd be forgiven for assuming Staxel is a Minecraft farming mod. Visuals aside, you literally build and make changes to your farm using a voxel-based editing tool. But Staxel carves its own niche by focusing solely on farming and role-playing, offering a relaxing, combat-free alternative to Minecraft's survival-based gameplay. When you aren't laboriously restoring an old farm to prosperity, you can get your chill on by interacting with your new neighbors, taking on quests, and going fishing. And like the best games in the genre, Staxel lets you share farming responsibilities or become neighbors with real-life friends online.

8. The Sims 4

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

It would seem blasphemous to speak of life simulation games without invoking the genre's most prolific franchise, The Sims. And fortunately, the latest entry in the series, The Sims 4, is a faithful evolution of the foundation laid down by the nearly 20-year-old first game, sure to please fans of the franchise and newcomers in search of a new, less chaotic world.

The Sims 4 tells you that you can do anything, and in this world you actually can. You can take to space as an astronaut, climb the ranks in a criminal enterprise, or take matters of the planet into your own hands as a conservationist. In the meantime, you'll build the house of your dreams, find your soulmate, and build a family. And speaking on the latter, same-sex couples can adopt and even have biological children together. It's virtually impossible to cover everything The Sims 4 has to offer here, but if you're on the hunt for a life simulator in the truest sense, you mustn't skip The Sims 4.

7. Garden Paws

Available on: PC

The story and basic setup of Garden Paws might sound familiar - it's blatantly inspired by genre classics Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon - but this charming life sim takes care executing its core features and adds its own twist with animal taming, shopkeeping, a surprisingly deep crafting system, and seamless Twitch streaming integration. Visuals and sound are fine-tuned to provide the most settling, dreamlike experience possible and with no shortage of aww-inducing cuteness. Quests can demand an exceptional level of time and energy to complete, which only makes it more perfect for mindlessly losing hours of time in the bleak real-world to the magical Garden Paws.

6. Farming Simulator 19

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4 

If your favorite part of Harvest Moon is running a farm, and you could do without the cuteness of its town and romance elements, Farming Sim 19 should sort you out. You won't find a turtle mayor or leaves that transform into living room furniture here - this is as realistic a farming experience as you'll find in a video game.

For those in search of calm though, Farming Simulator 19 is as effective as any game. Here you'll ride around on big tractors, tend to realistic-looking farm animals, ride your horses through Farming Simulator 19's vast explorable environments, and enjoy a rich catalog of community-made mods. If romance, magic, and talking cows make your stomach turn, Farming Simulator 19 offers a true-to-life farming experience sure to help you wind down after a long day.

5. Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch

One of the more visually enchanting entries on this list, Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is about as cute, breezy, and innocent as the name implies. Weather changes from illuminating daylight to blazing orange twilight and star-lit nighttime, and the vast, expansive landscapes glimmer against light sources in way comparable to Breath of the Wild.

There's a big focus on exploration here, and it's just as well because everything you see is eye candy. And don't expect that to change, as like most games on this list, there's no fighting or killing in Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. There is a conflict of sorts, however, as your number one goal is to rid the mysterious island where you're stranded of "murk," a colorful fog that's making everyone stressed out. Your goal here is to literally chill, and make everyone on the island chill. And thankfully the game's pacing asks nothing more from you than to move at your own pace, which is best done leisurely and with a sense of wonder.

4. My Time at Portia

Fancy your farming sims with a mix of RPG and crafting mechanics? My Time at Portia must not be overlooked by fans of the genre, as easily the most eclectic entry on this list. You do everything you do in any other life-sim/farming game as well as fight monsters, explore, build stuff, mine for resources, attend festivals, and learn to cook. And going well beyond the usual romance system, Portia lets you actually have kids by way of pregnancy or adoption.

My Time at Portia takes elements from genre staples like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, and injects its formula with workable mechanics borrowed from other popular genres such as exploration, dungeon-crawling, crafting, and management simulation. The best part is it works each component into the experience with a sense of personality that pervades throughout your entire adventure.

3. Stardew Valley

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android 

Stardew Valley just might be today's foremost farming sim phenomenon, perfectly trapping the visual and spiritual essence of 16-bit era Harvest Moon, except with its own active modding community. But modding aside, at its core Stardew Valley is the ideal reprieve from busy lives and games.

Unlike Harvest Moon though, Stardew Valley starts you out in a small, overgrown plot of land inherited from your late grandfather that you'll slowly transform into a lush, bountiful farm brimming with colorful crops and happy animals. Stardew Valley also improves upon Harvest Moon's romance system, breaking ground for the genre by allowing same-sex marriage. If Harvest Moon is near-and-dear to your heart and you're looking for a similar vibe in a premium package, Stardew Valley is your answer.

2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Available on: Nintendo Switch

If you're looking for a game like Harvest Moon and haven't played Animal Crossing, you have my express permission to bookmark this list for later and check out any one of the series' mainline games. The most recent, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is currently dominating the discussion and alluring fans new and old with its playful, expressive palette of life-sim qualities and customization options.

While New Horizons is by far the most expansive of the series, the core concept remains the same as it was two decades ago. You'll spend your time fishing for rare and valuable catches, upgrading and decorating your cozy nook and home island, and celebrating holidays in an enchanting little world full of lovable and often downright hilarious characters. Animal Crossing is the ultimate vacation and a welcoming companion to the farming-focused Harvest Moon, not directly competing but offering something entirely different from anything else on the market.

1. Story of Seasons

Available on: 3DS 

If you're wondering whatever became of your favorite farming simulator franchise, fear not - Harvest Moon is now called Story of Seasons, and a brand new entry just released in Japan on Nintendo Switch. Harvest Moon first became Story of Seasons in 2014 on 3DS, a game that successfully evolves the 3D formula introduced to the franchise with Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland. The latest worldwide release, Trio of Towns, tells a familiar, yet reliably soothing story about a city-slicker fulfilling their dream of building a successful farm. It's everything you remember about the best Harvest Moon games, with meaningful updates to the economy, mechanics, and player interactions.

If you're looking for more farming adventures, check out our list of the best farming games

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