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  • Summary: In Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, players will experience the role-playing farm simulation in a three-dimensional setting for the first time. The game has a fully customizable world, and players can customize their field in any way they see fit: from a field full of tulips like you might seeIn Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, players will experience the role-playing farm simulation in a three-dimensional setting for the first time. The game has a fully customizable world, and players can customize their field in any way they see fit: from a field full of tulips like you might see in Holland, to a valley filled with water like Venice, the choice is up to you. You've never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this! Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. 60
    I wish farm life in Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley was more gratifying because its fundamental ideas are all there. With the franchise essentially split in two going forward, I encourage Natsume to continue its experimental ways, because it's likely that the other guys will churn out the most traditional experiences possible.
  2. Jan 13, 2015
    57
    The game is obviously not Harvest Moon as we know it or even a "real" Harvest Moon game, but even when taken on its own merits and values, it's simply a throwaway game.
  3. Apr 20, 2015
    50
    While there are some creative innovations Tabot implemented that Marvelous could've considered, The Lost Valley lacks the soul that previous Harvest Moons had. [Issue #14: Old vs. New – March/April 2015, p.71]
  4. Nov 17, 2014
    45
    While Natsume seems to have some legitimately good ideas for where they want to take their spin on the Harvest Moon series, too much of what’s been put into The Lost Valley feels awkward, underdeveloped, or unnecessary. While series fans will be able to find fun in some of what it offers up, you can’t help but wish that the development team had focused on the quality of the features they implemented, not the quantity.
  5. Mar 24, 2015
    40
    It's a bold move for Natsume to develop a game that strays away from the series' conventions and tries new things, but the overall experience is lacking the polish and charm that the Harvest Moon name has come to represent.
  6. Dec 22, 2014
    40
    Make no mistake, this is a Harvest Moon title only in name; everything else will feel foreign to the longtime fan.
  7. It’s so bare-bones it feels like a cheap mobile game knock-off, and the fact that it was released without even a whisper seems like damning proof that Natsume knows it. Lost Valley is a dull, almost offensively boring and watered down version of a normally fantastic series. Do not pick up this game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. Dec 5, 2014
    8
    Doing my homework and knowing what type of game this was going to be before taking off the packaging really helped to set my expectations forDoing my homework and knowing what type of game this was going to be before taking off the packaging really helped to set my expectations for what it is - a combination of Minecraft + Harvest Moon with neither of the fully fledged features of either one, but what's there compliments one another so that I didn't really notice what was missing. Too many reviewers have gone in with a different set of expectations and given ridiculously low scores for a percieved shallow experience that didn't meet their classic Harvest Moon gaming familiarity. Rather than sit back and allow a massive corporation like Marvelous AQL (and their American publishing subsidiary XSEED) to strong arm the franchise away that they helped create here in the US, they've bravely taken the Harvest Moon franchise in an evolved and exciting direction (of course with missteps that any new game engine or IP would trip over, hence the 8/10).
    I can't wait to see what content they'll be bringing with future DLC and improvements they'll make with a longer development cycle now that the groundwork has been laid in this exciting reboot, it looks like the future of Harvest Moon is bright!
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  2. Dec 27, 2014
    8
    Anyone wanting a new twist on the HM series, with more freedom of creation and a more relaxing environment, I highly suggest this game. As aAnyone wanting a new twist on the HM series, with more freedom of creation and a more relaxing environment, I highly suggest this game. As a long-time fan I was pleasantly surprised at the ability to shape most of my world however I wanted it. You still have your crops, trees, animals, and romance, but also get the ability to landscape your world, helpful skills to teach your animals, and a new interesting take on how to breed new types of crops.

    While the game-play is a bit slow paced for some, it was kind of nice to not have to run around like a chicken with it's head cut off in order to get things done every day. I for one am happy to see this new direction they're taking and with a bit of tweaking, this experiment of theirs could really enhance the series in future releases.

    Please Natsume, do not fear the reviewers who abhor change. Keep the new world design aspects, speed up the pace a bit. This new combination of world design, story and farm life is much welcomed.

    + large world(valley) to landscape and design
    + helpful skills/traits for pets to earn
    + relaxing atmosphere which DOES still feel like HM
    + interesting new crop mechanics (needs some fine tuning)

    - controls could use fine tuning
    - story line could be smoothed out, characters could use a bit more depth
    - no ability to experiment with recipes
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  3. Nov 6, 2014
    5
    In a nutshell, The Lost Valley feels oversimplied and lacking the richness and depth that makes this series unique. It feels as though it'sIn a nutshell, The Lost Valley feels oversimplied and lacking the richness and depth that makes this series unique. It feels as though it's designed for a ten year old, leaving the older fans longing for what they remember spending hours playing.

    As a longtime fan of this series, I preordered the game from Natsume, expecting the Harvest Moon goodness that I've grown accustomed to. It's always been more than a farm simulation game - the more you play, the more you unlock, and the little cut scenes with the NPCs are always so cute. When I started the game, the graphics felt odd, lacking even. While I enjoy Minecraft as much as the next person, they captured that feeling while abandoning that which made the game feel like a beloved addition to the Harvest Moon series. Yes you have land to till, plants to water, Harvest sprites to save... (and the sprites are as adorable as ever) the overall feel of the map seemed too boxy and lackluster for the series. And no longer do you have to remember the NPCs favorite things, the foods they dislike... gift giving has been eradicated entirely from the game, which had been a core part of the game play. Of the features that Natsume abandoned, this has to be one of my least favorite changes. I also dislike the fact that there is no longer a town to explore.. your stores are literally just NPCs that walk around in front of your house on certain days. Gone are the days that you go to the clinic or the Marimba farm... It saddened me that "visiting" the store was as simple as talking to them while they parade around in my front yard.

    Stacking land and shaping the map the way you wanted sounded appealing to me before I played the game, as I was excited to have something similar to Magical Melody in that regard. But shaping the land becomes cumbersome after laying down the work to get your buildings and such situated.

    All these things aside, the game is still fun to play... as long as you don't have the mindset that it's comparable to its predecessors. If you're wanting a farm simulation game where you get to change the map, this is the game for you... If you're looking for a new game with nostalgic ties to games you played years ago, this isn't it. Pull out your Wii and play Animal Parade or Magical Melody. Natsume seemed determined to steer away from as much original content as possible with this installment. My hope is that Story of Seasons will have the classic feel that I was hoping for.
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  4. Nov 11, 2014
    1
    If you like Minecraft and are less than 8 years old, you'll love this game. If you're a long-time fan, you may want to stay away. As a fan ofIf you like Minecraft and are less than 8 years old, you'll love this game. If you're a long-time fan, you may want to stay away. As a fan of the Harvest Moon series, I was very disappointed in the huge changes made. I was so frustrated because I was expecting another A New Beginning, but instead got a Minecraft for tots. The world is just one giant unrealistic landscape of blocks. You pretty much have to dig and build your own stairs to get from one end of the farm to the other. On top of that, from the get-go, it's winter! But oddly enough you can still plant and watch crops grow. To top things off further, there's a typo on the back of the game case. Expand
  5. Apr 9, 2015
    0
    You've never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this, Because this isn't Harvest Moon! It's a cheap knock off with nothing but the name!You've never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this, Because this isn't Harvest Moon! It's a cheap knock off with nothing but the name! The TRUE Harvest Moon is Song of Seasons! Expand
  6. Mar 23, 2015
    0
    Sorry. This game is terrible.

    First things first, I am not even going to consider this as a Harvest Moon game. Natsume is acting like a
    Sorry. This game is terrible.

    First things first, I am not even going to consider this as a Harvest Moon game. Natsume is acting like a child and using the name to produce their own version.

    This game plays like a cheap farming simulator flash game you can find on the internet. It attempts to incorporate elements from Minecraft, causing me to label it as yet another crappy Minecraft knock off. Anyone over the age of 6 will find this game boring, annoying to control, and laughable.

    On a side note, Story of Seasons, the REAL Harvest Moon is coming out March 31st! It is already selling well and getting favorable reviews in Japan. Can't wait!
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  7. Dec 18, 2014
    0
    A warning to users out there. This is not the same Harvest Moon series as previous ones. If you want to buy the next harvest moon game lookA warning to users out there. This is not the same Harvest Moon series as previous ones. If you want to buy the next harvest moon game look for "Story of Seasons", it should come out in Jan or Feb 2015. Natsume had a falling out with the developers and since they owned the title of the game, they decided to use it to make a copycat. Expand

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