• Publisher: Natsume
  • Release Date: Oct 22, 2013
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22

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  1. Oct 23, 2013
    5
    It is fun and strangely addicting, but the gameplay is seriously lacking. Weird camera angles and controls can get a bit frustrating. A general lapse in interesting characters and dialogue can make this game boring and repetitive. That being said it is charming, and as a die-hard Harvest Moon fan I still happen to enjoy it. However I hope to see improvement in the future if this series keeps up.
  2. Oct 23, 2013
    6
    This game throws you right into the mix of owning your own shop without any sort of guidance on how to exactly do that. You are in a tough place trying to decide if you want to sell your product or develop your relationship with others, and evemoreso how to go about helping the town grow and flourish. If you are diehard Harvest Moon fan, you will find this system a bit clunky compared toThis game throws you right into the mix of owning your own shop without any sort of guidance on how to exactly do that. You are in a tough place trying to decide if you want to sell your product or develop your relationship with others, and evemoreso how to go about helping the town grow and flourish. If you are diehard Harvest Moon fan, you will find this system a bit clunky compared to the series, but with a little paitence it fufills the same needs of relationship development and shopkeeping maintence that makes the series warm and fun.

    Give it a chance, but do not go into the game with too high of expectations. This is a new series, and it has minimal simularities with the farming counterpart. Having an open mindset will help you to enjoy this new gameplay adventure that has expanded from the farming fun of Harvest Moon.
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  3. Oct 26, 2013
    7
    This is definitely a game for people who have patience because there isn't much to do in the game. But doing "missions" while exploring the area and owning a shop is just enough fun to be considered a good game.
  4. Jan 31, 2014
    6
    its not as good as the harvest moon games, but it's still fun and addicting. The only problems i have with it is that you'll find yourself running out of things to do and get bored of it, and like everyone else says, the camera really sucks.
    other than that i feel as if it's a very solid game! with a great map and fun characters.
Metascore
47

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 8 out of 14
  1. Jul 15, 2014
    40
    Hometown Story is charming on first glance, but there are a lot of problems that overshadow it.
  2. Jun 28, 2014
    40
    Shows some potential, but ultimately uninspiring. [Issue#149, p.122]
  3. Jun 20, 2014
    50
    Hometown Story’s attempts at setting up an involving store management game end up falling in a tiresome, repetitive and often difficult to understand challenge, where the rules are not clear and where aspects which are logic in everyday life gain a completely illogical dimension in the game. While the beginning may be alluring enough to bring some players in, the game will quickly wear out those with higher expectations.