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  • Summary: John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland is a “hands-on” real-time farming game for the Nintendo DS. From soil to sustenance, John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland challenges players to create and maintain a fully functioning farm. Through an intuitive Touch Screen interface, players use the Nintendo DS stylus to work the land, raise livestock, pick crops, milk cows, and more to earn cash and improve the farm by purchasing land, livestock, and authentic John Deere equipment. However, there is no such thing as a successful “lazy farmer’ and players who neglect their farm will reap what they sow as they watch their farm and crops turn to dust. Design & Detail: use the touch screen and stylus to layout the locations of fields and buildings. Use the top screen to monitor the farm via the mini-map and check on the status of crops and livestock with the Query Tool. Hands-On Farming: clear land, plant and harvest crops, and drive authentic John Deere equipment. Paint buildings and create a unique logo for the farm which identifies players at the Commodities Market. Feed, care for, and harvest products from the animals through a variety of fun and intuitive stylus actions. The Commodities Market and County Fair: raise crops and livestock for sale at the daily Commodities Market. Reinvest money earned from the sale of crops and animal products to upgrade John Deere equipment and make the farm more efficient and profitable. Or, enter your products and livestock in “Best of” contests at the County Fair for prizes and fame. [Destineer] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland remains an addictive game because of its creative graphics, intuitive controls, and gameplay variety. However, the load times really drag things down, which is a shame.
  2. Only a select few will be hooked for more than a few seasons. John Deere Harvest in the Heartland is extremely addictive but also extremely frustrating – not because the game is challenging or cheap, but because of the inexcusable issues that prevent it from reaching its full potential.
  3. For the most part, John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland is not a bad game. It is, unfortunately, a boring game with little incentive to play for longer than it takes to afford the tractor and ride it around for a while (maybe five hours, which is very little for a simulation).
  4. Farming is no fun. You have to get up early, you are constantly getting dirty, you have to deal with unruly animals and it can be a thankless experience. In other words, it sucks. This feeling of tedium and hopelessness is perfectly conveyed in Harvest in the Heartland.
  5. We might be able to forgive the game its sin of unoriginality and consumer whoring, but we can’t forgive them for taking the fun out of shaving a sheep. Tacked-on, twitchy controls; lousy graphics and all-round dull gameplay fraught with mindless minigames tank any hope a would-be virtual farmer might have of actually having fun on a farm.
  6. 30
    Even if John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland worked perfectly, it would be an uninspired, unattractive game that beats the player over the head with its sponsor.
  7. At the end of the day John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland ends up being a broken game that simply can’t find a way to work even though it presents various valid and different design choices.
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  1. NicoleS.
    Nov 29, 2007
    The game doesnt let you make mistakes as in when it comes to spraying insecticide or fungicide, more animals to care for , money is good, tractors and add ons look nice on game, you dont HAVE to work everything with stylus, I dont I used my directional pad. Expand