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  • Summary: Harvest Moon: Magical Melody features plenty of crops, a variety of animals to care for, tons of festivals to participate in and loads of events to create a fun and entertaining game play experience. Play as either a boy or girl: Each gender has 10 potential spouses. Compete against a rival farmer; Your productivity will be judged on a daily basis against that of your rival's...you will also compete against your rival in the festivals. Cultivate a wide variety of crops and trees. Raise cows, sheep, horses and chickens. Harvest Moon: Magical Melody offers 4-player minigames. Purchase different plots of land and expand your farm by building various extensions. The Harvest Goddess has turned to stone and the Harvest Sprites need your help to bring her back. You need to collect Musical Notes throughout the game in hopes of restoring her to her former self. There are 100 Musical Notes in the game and to collect the notes you must do a variety of different tasks, such as shipping a certain number of items, winning a festival or making friends with the wild animals found around your farm. Only by collecting a certain number of notes will the Harvest Goddess come back. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Persistence is one thing that Magical Melody does reward - both materially and spiritually. [June 2006, p.22]
  2. So many aspects have improved from the previous "Harvest Moon" games, and Magical Melody exhibits such remarkable production quality, that the time it's taken Natsume has obviously been well spent. [May 2006, p.89]
  3. Repetition presides, but the amount of things you can do keep you coming back. The controls are very simple and they only encourage you to play more because it is so easy to handle.
  4. 82
    The final GameCube version, and it is by far the best. The sheer depth of gameplay will impress even the most seasoned veterans, and the difficulty is there as well.
  5. It's also undoubtedly Harvest Moon's high point, expanding the freedom of play while retaining the bright, simple aesthetics and pantomimed emotion that have defined the series.
  6. I've been utterly hypnotised by Harvest Moon: Magical Melody from the moment I laid my hands on it, even watching my girlfriend play it for hours on end (her time spent playing probably a tenfold increase on mine) and I still don't feel that we've even begun to scratch the surface.
  7. 70
    It's certainly the best Harvest Moon game in recent years, and it really comes close to greatness -- if only it had been paced a little better, then everyone would be able to enjoy it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. TammyT.
    Apr 19, 2006
    I love this game! I love how most veggies you grow are multi-time producers! More people to choose from to be your mate. One thing I do dislike is the conversations you have with everything. They are just a one sentence conversation, then they say bye till the next day. It would be better if it had a little more interaction. Expand
  2. DiddyK.
    Mar 27, 2006
    I love the more challenge actual advetnure and the wives!
  3. TylerW.
    May 27, 2007
    I love this Harvest Moon game. I think all the gamecube Harvest Moons have been spectacular, with Magical Melody being the best. It goes back to the Back to Nature type of characters (a game I also loved) and you can sit down for hours and play without being able to stop. 10 out of 10. Expand
  4. ClaireW.
    Jun 12, 2006
    This game is so far the best ever. You meet more people then before and there are more shops then before. You also get to choose over a lot of land. Though your Stamina limits you to what you can do SO WHAT, your the exact same in real life. Also in the game there is a actual main purpose, the harvest fairy was turned to stone and you must save her. This game IS THE BEST!! Expand
  5. ChelseaK.
    Jan 15, 2007
    This game is so much fun! I love how there is so much new things to do, all new people and the farm is completley different. Its cool you can pick whether you a girl or boy thats awesome! Its challanging and not easy to beat and it is nothing like the others I would definitely play thig game more than once, I didnt even beat it yet! Expand
  6. JacobS.
    May 13, 2007
    This game offers alot of choices! You can fish,mine or raise livestock.I just rented it and my dad liked so much that the next thing I knew was we owned it. Expand
  7. EricR.
    Mar 31, 2006
    This game is a complete ripoff, do not buy it, I repeat DO NOT buy it. The graphics have been stepped down earlier than N64! Your character looks retarted, and old skills have been limited. Your stamina bar prevents you from travel or work. Expand

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