Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life GameCube

  • Publisher: Natsume
  • Release Date: Mar 16, 2004
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. The most calming game I've played...The downside to this pastoral pleasantness is that it requires Zen-like patience. Chances are, you don't have it. [Apr 2004, p.130]
  2. Old fans will certainly appreciate it, and it has enough charm to compel those looking for something new, but newcomers should certainly be warned that it’s an unusual taste. It is time-consuming, repetitive and dull, yet it is also relaxing and vaguely satisfying.
  3. 60
    It's too bad that an underdeveloped social scene and tedious chores that require frustrating precision keep farm life from being more fun.
  4. 70
    Although HM: AWL has a mind-boggling array of options, it offers no relief from the monotony of the daily chores. In setting out to create the ultimate farming game, it seems Natsume has simulated the drudgery of farming in real life as well. [Apr 2004, p.99]
  5. games(TM)
    70
    The game has made an incredibly successful transition into glorious 3D. This lavish graphical overhaul brings the quaint village of Forget-Me-Not and its quirky residents to life superbly and exudes a hypnotically tranquil ambience that epitomises the ideology of the series. [May 2004, p.120]

Awards & Rankings

#1 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
#22 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 154 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 101
  2. Negative: 2 out of 101
  1. Oct 6, 2015
    9
    This is the best Harvest Moon to me, it's really interesting that one of my favorite games is a farming game. It has story, the characters areThis is the best Harvest Moon to me, it's really interesting that one of my favorite games is a farming game. It has story, the characters are interesting and I simply fell in love with it. Full Review »
  2. Jul 14, 2011
    10
    This game is legitimately one of my favorite games on the Gamecube, ever. For something, that is in it's most simplistic sense, a farmThis game is legitimately one of my favorite games on the Gamecube, ever. For something, that is in it's most simplistic sense, a farm simulator, it never manages to get boring. I plan to buy it soon, for I sold my Gamecube years ago, and enjoy all the farming fun again. Excellent work! Full Review »
  3. GriffinB.
    Jul 3, 2007
    10
    This is truly a great game. It never gets boring. I like how your child can actually grow, unlike Friends of Mineral Town. Of all the HM This is truly a great game. It never gets boring. I like how your child can actually grow, unlike Friends of Mineral Town. Of all the HM games I have played, this was the best by far. Good job, Natsume! Full Review »