Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. netjak
    72
    I was disappointed and if you are a fan of the HM games, you will be disappointed too.
  2. 70
    About as much fun as watching your tomatoes grow...If you’ve got an agricultural attitude, patience, and a hankering for steady and safe gameplay, you just might be a Harvest Moonie.
  3. It’s the strangest example of pointless effort which turns out to be fun. Avoid real life chores to do virtual ones. That’s my motto!
  4. It's still too boring and esoteric an experience for some of us to even take seriously. Add an extra point to our score for Save The Homeland if you're a fan of the series, or feel free to ignore whatever we say.
  5. The potentially rewarding aspects of the game are hampered by an overly rigid structure that works at cross-purposes to its non-linearity.
  6. Next Generation Magazine
    60
    Your mileage will vary with your patience. [Dec 2001, p.105]

Awards & Rankings

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#14 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
19
#19 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. May 5, 2017
    0
    This game is fairly terrible. I'm writing a Zero out of Ten review not because i think it's that bad but because I don't want Save theThis game is fairly terrible. I'm writing a Zero out of Ten review not because i think it's that bad but because I don't want Save the Homeworld to get that much sales. If you look at a lot of the high reviews they talk about the graphics, but the game only gives you a modicum of capabilities. You only play for 1 year, instead of 3 like in other games, you can't get married, there's hardly any minigames and even if there were, why would it matter if you're only playing for a year...

    I feel like the people who love Save the Homeland they either liked it for the graphics (I.E. review is over a decade old) or they liked it because it was their first. Overall I'd rate the game about a 6 with most Harvest Moons being a 7-9. I might even go as low as 5. But just as a game overall it's too limiting for me to recommend or care about.

    I'd write a better more detailed review for this game, but it's been so many years since I've played it, and I hated the game back then that it's mostly a blur.
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  2. AnonymousMC
    Jan 7, 2009
    5
    It's relatively solid, yet it brutally murders the open-ended gameplay that made its predecessors so very fun. It was my first HM game.It's relatively solid, yet it brutally murders the open-ended gameplay that made its predecessors so very fun. It was my first HM game. I then tried out A Wonderful Life, and guess what? It didn't remove the stupid time limit, but at least it gave you more time to work with. That's this game's main flaw: there's no time to have fun. You MUST get your goals done before the end of winter. It's nice otherwise, though. Full Review »
  3. AnonymousMC
    Aug 18, 2008
    7
    Its really fun but what's the point of this game in the end ?? Would be even funner if there we're options when you're doneIts really fun but what's the point of this game in the end ?? Would be even funner if there we're options when you're done with the nine endings. Like get married, move to another town and buy more stuff !! Oh yeah, what's with the big empty spot in front of the farmer shop ? I thought maybe u could open youre own store or something.Harvest moon doesnt have alot of options which makes it pointless in the end. Full Review »