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  • Summary: Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns has players farming for food in hopes of one day reuniting the two rival towns.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 1, 2012
    It's more Harvest Moon, sure, but it's still top-notch fun, and the inclusion of clear goals this time around should convert some new fans to the series.
  2. Oct 6, 2011
    The Nintendo 3DS version of Natsume's latest farming RPG isn't a major step up from the Nintendo DS release--in fact, they're essentially the same. [Oct 2011, p.84]
  3. Nov 16, 2011
    Fan of the Harvest Moon formula will find plenty of play value here, though veterans may be frustrated by the lack of control they have over the game's progression.
  4. Jul 13, 2012
    If you absolutely have to have a 3D Harvest Moon game, this will fill a gap. It's hardly the most expansive and engaging the series has offered in recent times, and its central concept is of the take-it-or-leave-it variety, but it still has the potential to enthral if you let it.
  5. Too many gimmicks spoil the broth; only the dedicated will reap any rewards. [Sept 2012, p.103]
  6. Aug 3, 2012
    A game with plenty of virtues that serie lovers will appreciate, and very engaging for a very long time. It has all the elements that make this series special, but the formula and visuals have aged a lot, and only hardcore fans will be interested.
  7. Jun 25, 2012
    Not an encouraging start for the first Harvest Moon on the 3DS, with a game that struggles to justify not only its own existence but that of the franchise as a whole.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    This is my all-time favorite Harvest Moon game! I have played it for 10 years (in the game) and still have more goals to achieve and more content to unlock. It's very user friendly and fun---love the concept of the 2 towns also...you get the experience of living in a Japanese village and in a pretty country town. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is new to the Harvest Moon series or who has been a fan of other HM games. Expand
  2. Jun 1, 2014
    Buy digital version , the freezing glitches are fixed in the digital version. The awkward things happen in physical copy will not happen again ,but hm a new beginning is better for me . This game is small , don't worry of your space left in sd card.... Expand
  3. Nov 4, 2011
    I have played every Harvest Moon game ever made. I'm admittedly a huge fan of the series, but that doesn't mean that I can't tell a terrible Harvest Moon game from a great one. This one falls somewhere in between, but it does lean towards good. This game has been criticized over and over again for not bringing enough new content to the series. But does it need to? I recommend ignoring those reviews; us Harvest Moon fans have proven that we just want to manage our farms in peace. Breaking tradition with Harvest Moon does not typically result in anything good. Anyway, on to a break down of the game:

    There isn't one. The only Harvest Moon game that came close to having an actual storyline that meant anything was Back to Nature (and Friends of Mineral Town, its remake). Whenever a story is involved in Harvest Moon, it's really just a cover (usually a pretty bad cover) for some major gameplay element. In Magical Melodies, it was finding "notes" to resurrect the Harvest Goddess, but it was really just an achievement system. In Island of Happiness, it was finding something or other (sun pieces I think?) that bring back sunken islands. It was really just a way to allow the player to unlock more features as he or she plays. In this version of the game, the storyline of two feuding villages is really just an excuse to have two villages--and it's not actually a bad element of the game at all (more on this later). If you're looking for a storyline, however, then look elsewhere. This game is very shallow in that department.

    At the time of writing, there is only one other user review here, and it criticizes framerate issues in the game. That user must have a bad copy of the game, because while there are framerate issues here and there, it can be solved simply by stopping motion for about one second. Not a big deal, and certainly not a distraction from the game. As for the 3D effect (if you buy the 3DS version), it's definitely phoned in. Nevertheless, it's a graphical improvement from the DS version.

    This is key, as any Harvest Moon fan knows. We want more things to do, yet the same things to do. This is where the game totally delivers. As for the basics, you have your house with kitchen, your horse (which you can ride immediately!!), and the ability to expand your home in terms of house and property. We have maker sheds (more than before!!), and we have a robust agricultural system with the introduction of irrigation trenches (well, re-introduction as the third Gameboy Color version had them as well). Gone is the dedicated field, and now we can plant where we please on the property (okay, the field is still there, it's just covered with grass to make it look like it isn't there--but it works). The marriage system is here again, the characters are unique, and the animation is great. As for the two villages, I actually like them. Both are unique. While the storyline does suck, the game itself more than makes up for it. All the issues that opponents of the game point out are to be expected. Sure, the game isn't revolutionary in the series--it doesn't need to be! It has a few new options here and there (alpacas!!), and it truly succeeds in all areas except for storyline. For any Harvest Moon fan craving a new (yet familiar) experience, look no further! A must-buy for any true fan of the series!
  4. Nov 3, 2011
    There are few redeeming factors of this game. The only positive thing I can say about this game is it's a okay Harvest Moon game when it isn't crashing or suffering from horrible framerate issues. The characters are fairly interesting I suppose and the new trench system is nice. In terms of bad things not associated with poor programming, I have a few thoughts. First, the save system is godawful. You cannot save unless you sleep as you have a "save and sleep" option. There's no notebook, journal, diary, etc. Combined with the instability of the product, this is a bit of a nightmare at times as you can lose a whole days worth of work to the game freezing. The towns feel dead. I have no idea why Marvelous decided to split the towns. It's a pain in the ass to have to go from one town to another just to grab a request from that board, to talk or to buy something. In terms of stability, the game constantly freezes and I lag when going to new areas in the mountains. While around large numbers of crops, you also lag. All in all, if you want to play this game, buy the DS version instead of this buggy mess. A better suggestion would be to grab Rune Factory Tides on the PS3 or Wii. You'll be happier with whichever of these options you choose. Expand
  5. Mar 13, 2012
    Maybe it's just me but I just couldn't get into this game, although it seems right up my alley. The graphics do not take advantage of any of the 3DS' positives it is a straight port from the DS version of the game it seems. The constant long winded conversations with other characters that you can't skip doesn't help this game either. Just not engaging or inviting as a cute game world which other Harvest Moon games have been. Expand
  6. May 23, 2012
    Okay, this is a harvest moon game. If you are familiar to these games it's much of the same(which isn't a bad thing). The problem with this game is poor programming. If you choose to own more of a farm than a ranch, once you grow too many crops you LAG and the game FREEZES on the screen with said crops. This made me very annoyed, because that is what part of this game is, a farming simulator. Now the farming is gone. If you went with a more Ranch style, then you're met with random freezes crossing the mountain. Besides the dreadful programming errors, there is a lot of flaws with the game's design. The most annoying would be the weekly cooking festivals, they are most boring thing to watch, and it's a shame, because it's the goal of the game to attend this terrible festival so the two towns who are split between way to many loading screens to become friends. If you really want to play this game, get the DS version, as it does NOT have the bugs. I'd suggest just skipping this one completely though, try one of the many other, WORKING, Harvest Moon or Rune Factory titles. Expand
  7. Jul 18, 2012
    After playing Animal parade I was turned into a fan so I was really excited for this game and didn't even read any reviews and just pick the game up straight away. However I was so disappointed. Compare to the previous edition, this one lacked content. There wasn't an interesting story line and main aim of the game was lame and overall, a lack of things to do. The only good side of this is the graphics. The mountain area looks very pretty. Expand

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