• Publisher: Natsume
  • Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
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  • Summary: In Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, players will experience the role-playing farm simulation in a three-dimensional setting for the first time. The game has a fully customizable world, and players can customize their field in any way they see fit: from a field full of tulips like you might seeIn Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, players will experience the role-playing farm simulation in a three-dimensional setting for the first time. The game has a fully customizable world, and players can customize their field in any way they see fit: from a field full of tulips like you might see in Holland, to a valley filled with water like Venice, the choice is up to you. You've never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this! Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 11 out of 22
  1. Jul 5, 2015
    70
    It’s not unique but did offer a satisfying distraction.
  2. 60
    I wish farm life in Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley was more gratifying because its fundamental ideas are all there. With the franchise essentially split in two going forward, I encourage Natsume to continue its experimental ways, because it's likely that the other guys will churn out the most traditional experiences possible.
  3. Jun 30, 2015
    54
    Natsume tried everything to give an identity to the latest Harvest Moon. The result, though, is too slow and boring.
  4. Jun 19, 2015
    48
    Lost Valley struggles to retain the heart and soul of previous titles and while it does a few things right and does end up being somewhat enjoyable in the end, the road to reach any semblance of enjoyment was just too long and never feels worth the time investment.
  5. Jun 22, 2015
    45
    The premises showed some courage in touching elements of the classic formula, but the result is terribly disappointing. The design lacks care for details, and that doesn't make for an interesting experience.
  6. CD-Action
    Jul 27, 2015
    40
    A weird blend of Harvest Moons and Minecraft, executed so poorly that I can’t recommend it to anyone. [08/2015, p.79]
  7. It’s so bare-bones it feels like a cheap mobile game knock-off, and the fact that it was released without even a whisper seems like damning proof that Natsume knows it. Lost Valley is a dull, almost offensively boring and watered down version of a normally fantastic series. Do not pick up this game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 11 out of 18
  1. Aug 26, 2015
    9
    the game is similar to the old snes game it makes the player an even more free world to explore and change while natsume tries to make thethe game is similar to the old snes game it makes the player an even more free world to explore and change while natsume tries to make the game a more ope world farming game story of seasons make's the game about the connection's you make with the people and both have something to offer while i think natsume is experimenting to find their own way two different harvest moon games for two different groups of audience. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2017
    8
    As is obvious, this game did not do well. However some still enjoyed it and I will focus on the reasons why I did. This game makes you workAs is obvious, this game did not do well. However some still enjoyed it and I will focus on the reasons why I did. This game makes you work for everything. Not just unlocking new characters and areas, you have to work to unlock each season. It t is slow paced, be warned, but I found it to be rewarding and I really enjoyed the progression. I felt more motivated to fulfill objectives in this game than other HM games. I also liked the new concept of altering your environment and using this to create new crop mutations. I wont recommend this game to everyone, but if you enjoy sandbox environment crafting and slower paced games, then maybe you are the type to enjoy this game. I certainly did. Expand
  3. Jul 15, 2015
    8
    Having read about the split in the series known as Harvest Moon I was initially highly dubious about this first attempt by Natusme at theirHaving read about the split in the series known as Harvest Moon I was initially highly dubious about this first attempt by Natusme at their own farming game. However reading reviews about the actual game rather than those just upset at the split convinced me to give it a go.

    This game reminds me of the original Harvest Moon on the SNES as the only thing to do is farm. You can grow as many crops as you like (I currently have over 100 growing at once) and put them wherever you like in the valley. The growing conditions, height of the land, swamp or normal, season etc, can affect your crops giving you mutations. There are meant to be 10 types of each crop due to these mutations and I must admit this feature is the one that really made me try the game. At the beginning it is hard to get mutations as the valley is stuck in winter. However I have accidently made some flower mutations and one crop (strawberry). I am really looking forward to finding out what different conditions cause these effects so I'm avoiding walkthroughs so I get the thrill of discovering them for myself.

    Basic animals are available, cows, sheep, chickens, and horses. There are areas you can mine at some point and fishing is possible. These are more extras though than the huge mines seen in some previous installments like Animal Parade and Tree of Tranquility. There isn't a town to visit, people just come into the valley or outside your house on certain days of the week. If you love spending time in HM chatting to all the people in town, mining, fishing etc rather than watering crops and caring for cows then this isn't the game for you. If you are a bit of a hermit farmer like me then you will probably love this game like I do as it goes backs to the sheer basics of farming.
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  4. Nov 12, 2017
    4
    Pros
    +Very streamlined controls
    +In depth crop system that allows for huge variety of crops +Entire mountain to cultivate & develop +You
    Pros
    +Very streamlined controls
    +In depth crop system that allows for huge variety of crops
    +Entire mountain to cultivate & develop
    +You play direct role in town economy, you provide flowers to florist to sell, produce & food to restaurant, etc
    +Charming characters each w individual story line to unlock
    +Quests give constant purpose to each day
    +Cute story that has major influences on world & develops relationship w characters
    +Overall very simple relaxing game to pick up and play at the end of a stressful day

    Cons
    -Art quality is poor with hardly any detail, seems little effort was put in here
    -Very limited marriage choices
    -Can only have cows, sheep and chickens as livestock
    -No tool upgrades, limits how much you can farm (harvest sprites can do a lot of work for you if you befriend them but only work every other day and take weekends off...)
    -Festivals are incredibly bland (no decorations!), lacking in variety and repetitive.
    -Nitpicking but why have the dog involved in herding if it doesn't actually do anything? You still need the harvest sprite to move cows & sheep out of the barn (can't let chickens out for some reason)
    -In all but the crop system it is a huge step back from previous HM games content wise, very limited content here

    Summary: Lost Valley if reviewed without previous Harvest Moon games in mind is a charming little title that is relaxing and enjoyable to play. Its simplicity and ease to pick up makes it very accessible to a wide variety of gamers. However an HM veteran may feel cheated at the massive lack of content compared to previous games.

    I would have rated it at least a 5 as I had and continue to have a good time playing this game despite the significant downgrade in content compared to past titles, but the art is just so painfully bad with such little effort put in. Still I would recommend if you want a simple & cute farming game to pass the time with.
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  5. Jun 13, 2015
    3
    The game has very few things to do, so you spend a LOT of time doing the same things over and over. Someone may say that this is the defaultThe game has very few things to do, so you spend a LOT of time doing the same things over and over. Someone may say that this is the default for Harvest Moon games, but when you wake up at 6am and finish watering you field on 1pm you'll know something is wrong. The minecraft element only makes things worse, you can't build with the terrain, you'll only be leveling the ground to get to somewhere, and if you don't you spend a few good minutes trying to make your way by jumping around. There is only a few different environments, and the one I missed the most was the city, NPCs just hang around of your house for no reason. Events and Quests are rare but annoying, Fishing event? Just catch a few of the same fishes. Quest for someone? She asks for a fruit that will take 15 days, and then a few more days waiting for the NPC to appear.

    You have to complete the main story to unlock all the seasons, meaning you spend the entire first year in the snow.

    I believe this is the HM game with the least content ever. Anyway gave it a three because of my passion for HM, I was able to - at least - try to move on in the game and not get pissed with it.
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  6. Nov 11, 2014
    1
    If you like Minecraft and are less than 8 years old, you'll love this game. If you're a long-time fan, you may want to stay away. As a fan ofIf you like Minecraft and are less than 8 years old, you'll love this game. If you're a long-time fan, you may want to stay away. As a fan of the Harvest Moon series, I was very disappointed in the huge changes made. I was so frustrated because I was expecting another A New Beginning, but instead got a Minecraft for tots. The world is just one giant unrealistic landscape of blocks. You pretty much have to dig and build your own stairs to get from one end of the farm to the other. On top of that, from the get-go, it's winter! But oddly enough you can still plant and watch crops grow. To top things off further, there's a typo on the back of the game case. Expand
  7. Apr 9, 2015
    0
    You've never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this, Because this isn't Harvest Moon! It's a cheap knock off with nothing but the name!You've never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this, Because this isn't Harvest Moon! It's a cheap knock off with nothing but the name! The TRUE Harvest Moon is Song of Seasons! Expand

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