Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town Game Boy Advance

  • Publisher: Natsume
  • Release Date: Nov 17, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. Definitely stands on the shoulders of the Harvest Moons before it, but it also emerges as a much more polished, balanced, visually enjoyable, and definitive gameplay experience than any title in the series before it.
  2. netjak
    A guilty little pleasure. It is easy to pick up and hard to put down. The open-ended gameplay makes for a unique experience for every player.
  3. 92
    The graphics are a big step up from the Game Boy Color editions. With that being said, they are nothing amazing.
  4. Nintendo Power
    It's incredible that a game about farming could be so enthralling. [Jan 2004, p.157]
  5. 89
    A deceptively engrossing game. One that will cause real days to disappear, and true chores to be neglected in favor of a lengthy farming session. It's brilliant in its simplicity, but yet as the days go on there are so many layers that peel away and reveal themselves.
  6. You could play through it for a good 30 hours--roughly one year in game time--and still not uncover everything there is to see and do.
  7. An immensely enjoyable game that will consume your day, if you're not careful. A great game for multiple players; too bad there are only two save slots.
  8. Pocket Games
    Visiting hot springs, betting on the horses, and sweet-talking the locals, this is much more than just a farming game. [Spring 2004, p.29]
  9. 85
    It won’t let you down with respect to gameplay hours, and you’ll soon find yourself addicted to waking up every morning then watering your crops and milking your cows. Now who said games didn’t teach us life values?
  10. 85
    Sure, there is a lot of redundancy, but as I said earlier, everything you do within the game will pay off in the end. Make that old man proud and make that farm into one of the best!
  11. It's quite a slow game, and at first many gamers may find it on the tepid side, as it's only once you've got the hang of how the whole farm holds together you'll find yourself dedicating more and more time to the simple joys that Harvest Moon has to offer.
  12. Harvest Moon is hugely addictive and will almost certainly have you playing for hours on end when you only expected to fill that blank half-an-hour in your schedule.
  13. The game is so diverse that it'd take months, maybe years, to see everything.
  14. If an upgraded hammer, that simply allows you to break bigger rocks, is reward enough to get you through another bleak winter's day, then buy this. You truly have what it takes to be a hoary-handed son of the soil.
  15. 80
    If you’ve lived in the city your whole life and don’t know a dang thing about cows, don’t fret none: the controls are easier than ’possum pie.
  16. Cheat Code Central
    It's a fun RPG that has plenty going on. If you're not careful this game could steal hundreds of hours away from you.
  17. Edge Magazine
    Excellent. The rhythms of the day quickly become second nature and hypnotically absorbing. There're never enough hours in the day. [Jan 2004, p.106]
  18. Friends of Mineral Town is an absorbingly deep and enjoyable game, even if it does turn out to be little more than a 2D remake of the PlayStation's "Harvest Moon: Back To Nature." [Mar 2004, p.112]
  19. Despite the language translation problems and the fact that the gameplay will eventually grow tiresome, Friends of Mineral Town provides one of the longest, most involving and addictive experiences to be released on the Game Boy Advance so far.
  20. AceGamez
    At first I thought it was fairly menial and uninteresting, running around looking after crops, but you get drawn into the tactics behind making enough money to marry a lass and raise kids, while enjoying the great character of the title.

Awards & Rankings

#2 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
#10 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. ERB
    Dec 1, 2013
    This is probably the best game I have ever played in the Game Boy Advance.The game is really addicting and you are likely to play this gameThis is probably the best game I have ever played in the Game Boy Advance.The game is really addicting and you are likely to play this game all day and everyday.Harvest Moon is a game that will teach you why being a farmer is good.In this game you are in a town called"Mineral Town"and your job there is to take care of the farm in the town.You can plant vegetables or fruits and you can also take care poultry animals like cows and chicken.There is also this part in the game when you don't water your plants and feed your animals they are likely to die.The game feels realistic.

    Harvest Moon is a great game and it gets a 10/10!Harvest Moon is one of the best game ever made for the Game Boy and we will all remember this game.That is why I recommend you kids to buy this game because this game is for you.The game is Legendary and I love this game.
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  2. Rebecca
    Nov 19, 2003
    I love this game i just think the time goes by too fast.
  3. Jul 22, 2015
    This game was one of the top game boy games from my childhood. reading many forums on FOMT yeaars later, I'm surprised to see that even thoughThis game was one of the top game boy games from my childhood. reading many forums on FOMT yeaars later, I'm surprised to see that even though there are mixed opinions on the latest HM games, almost all love FOMT.

    The charm of this game is the simplicity of it. You befriend villagers, aim to professionalize your crops and livestock, and marry a bachelorette of your choice. I think the reason why many fans love this game is the nostalgia, such as going to the lake mine in the winter or playing the horse mini game at the horse festival.

    This is a great game because there is so much you are able to do. You are able to play at your own pace. I would not recommend this to people who seek the complexity of the latest games (don't get me wrong, I love them too). But if you're up for a medium paced, relaxing farming game, FOMT is right for you. But if you would prefer marrying bachelors, get mFOMT. That's great too.
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