• Publisher: Natsume
  • Release Date: Aug 26, 2008

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. This is a labour of love rather than carefree gaming enjoyment, but it's one of the best "Moons" in a while. A very happy tenth birthday for the series. [Dec 2008, p.69]
  2. The same old agricultural experience once again. Old means in this case comfortable, familiar and entertaining instead of boredom and repetition. If you love the series or have never tried any Harvest Moon game go get this and start farming asap. Others may be happier elsewhere. [Mar 2009]
  3. 75
    The paper-thin storyline (you're shipwrecked on a remote island and decide to put down roots there) may be an inconsequential excuse for you to repeat the same core game of the past 11 years, but some small lessons learned along the way manage to shine through.
  4. The near-exclusive use of the touch screen to control every aspect of farm life is a questionable decision--it doesn't feel very accurate or intutitive. [Aug 2008, p.87]
  5. It's another decent farming adventure but it's pretty much the same game that Marvelous have been churning out for ten years.
  6. Harvest Moon’s open-ended goals and non-violent gameplay were always well ahead of their time, but the problem has always been one of repetitiveness.
  7. Unfortunately, bad mechanics and ho-hum gameplay progression bring things down.
  8. Overall, I was pretty happy with all the improvements that Island of Happiness made to the traditional Harvest Moon formula. However, I had serious issues controlling the game, and it was always a battle to get my character to do what I wanted.
  9. Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness has a lot of potential to be good, if you are willing to put in the time to have it pay off.
  10. 58
    They just don't make them like they used to.
  11. Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness is not an unplayable game by any means but the horrible controls simply keep it from being a fun game.
  12. 55
    Island of Happiness has some depth, but you'll have to get past the painful controls and lazy design to find it.
  13. Island of Happiness is way too slow for a game on the Nintendo DS. Entering the world of Harvest Moon and staying there for hours can be very unrewarding and not useful at all, while handheld-games should be playable in short intervals. Also, the fun of casual farming is spoiled by the clunky controls.
  14. Island of Happiness offers plenty of satisfying farming gameplay, but the controls will leave you decidedly unhappy.
  15. A considerable improvement on the first DS iteration, but still not the definitive Harvest Moon.

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