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Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

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"An unusual albeit fun Harvest Moon game"
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

From the doors of Rising Star games comes ‘Rune Factory,’ another notch in the considerably notchy belt that is the Harvest Moon series.

As someone who hasn't played through a Harvest Moon game before, I found Rune Factory to be a mixed blessing. On the positive side, the game features an in-depth item system, with raw materials such as plants and minerals able to be refined into better items, such as cooked-food, clothing or weaponry. The game is also rather lengthy, with 6–7 caves to explore and different requirements that have to be met before the various cave passes can be obtained. Rune Factory also introduces a simple battle system. Enemies can be defeated to progress through a cave or befriended. Befriended enemies produce items and help out with farm-work, reducing the amount of time spent in some of Rune Factory's more tedious areas such as watering and harvesting crops.

On the negative side, Rune Factory features a healthy amount of “grind.” The player needs to get into a routine of waking up, watering the plants, feeding/brushing the animals and collecting/selling produce, a process which takes up a lot of the player's time. The dialog is also fairly limited. The npcs cycle through half a dozen pre-scripted sentences depending on the time of day, making it very difficult to feel emotionally attached to any of the characters. Furthermore, sub-par localisation makes some of the dialog confusing and as a result, the social aspects of the game suffer.

Nevertheless, Rune Factory is a lot of fun and the wide range of activities in the game make up for the grind and poor dialog. If you're looking for a game to keep you entertained throughout the school holidays, Rune Factory is just the ticket.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Addictive" Purchased on Mighty Ape

Pretty awesome and addictive. Simulation game. Awesome game on a rainy day or when your sick. I played this when I had chicken pox. Great way to pass time.

"Nice kids game!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

My 10 year old daughter loved it! Better than the original harvest moon!

"Great game"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is a grat game. Harvest moon has always been a great franchise. This is not the exception. Highly recommended.

"An in-depth game that can provide many gameplay hours."
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

The Harvest Moon series has been around for some time now, and this installment builds on the greatness of the orginal while providing new game play avenues. The crux of this game revolves around managing a farm, where you grow crops and farm monsters for profit. The town you are in is a big part of the game, with a selection of girls you can woo and marry. You can expand your house and enter the festivals the town holds amongst other things.

Where this game differs from traditional Harvest Moon games is the caves. Caves are areas containing monsters, and clearing the cave progresses the storyline of the game. Monsters can also be captured and raised on your farm. This adds a much needed depth to the game, as the farming mechanic can at times become monotonus.

Any RPG fan will likely be happy with the gameplay this title provides. It may not be for everyone, but if you have not played a Harvest Moon title this one is a great place to start, and you will probably find yourself hooked on the farming/adventuring gameplay on offer here.

Description

Rune Factory is spin-off of the Harvest Moon series, part of a re-invention of the franchise for its 10th anniversary. Described by producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto as Harvest Moon where you wield a sword, the game has being developed with the idea of creating a fantasy world in which the player exists, rather than the standard type of RPG where you play the role of a hero and work your way through a storyline. You are able to capture monsters, raise them on your farm, and add them to your adventuring party.
  • Befriend monsters to help on your farm!
  • Upgrade your skills as you master swords, spears and farm tools!
  • Communicate and exchange items via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection!
  • Grow crops, make friends and fall in love!
Release date NZ
May 12th, 2008
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Box Dimensions (mm)
135x140x15
UPC
719593100041
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
1546118

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