• 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Unfortunately, bad mechanics and ho-hum gameplay progression bring things down.
  4. 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.
  5. Island of Happiness offers plenty of satisfying farming gameplay, but the controls will leave you decidedly unhappy.
  6. 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.
  7. 58
    They just don't make them like they used to.
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. 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]
  11. It's another decent farming adventure but it's pretty much the same game that Marvelous have been churning out for ten years.
  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. 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]
  14. A considerable improvement on the first DS iteration, but still not the definitive Harvest Moon.
  15. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. BudB.
    Sep 1, 2008
    It's not bad... it's just not unique enough from the other games. The stylus controls take some getting used too.
  2. JeanO.
    Aug 31, 2008
    Using the stylus feels awkward and difficult, especially when farming. In any other game that isn't time sensitive, it may be ok but in this game, you can't afford to spend hours just watering because the control isn't accurate. I have all previous Harvest Moons for all systems including the last one for the DS. This one isn't worth the money. No option for using the pad instead of the stylus? No way!! Full Review »
  3. JamesM.
    Aug 30, 2008
    TERRIBLE controls, I can't get around how bad they are. NO D-PAD CONTROLS AT ALL. It'd be nice if the d-pad could be set to control the character, but it can't. You can't even change ANY of the options. I love harvest moon, I played for twenty minutes before I couldn't stand it anymore. Wait until the next game, this one blows. Full Review »