Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland Image
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

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  • Summary: Perhaps best described as a "Life Simulation," Save the Homeland's object is to successfully save the village from being turned into a resort. Construction begins in a year, so you must find a way to save your homeland before that. The game features nine possible successful endings. [Natsume]
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 88
    Harvest Moon gets under your skin that way. You'd never think it would be half as much fun as it inevitably turns out to be...Take our word for it and give this one a try.
  2. Of all the Harvest Moon games, Save the Homeland easily has the most solid storyline.
  3. Immersive and fun. It's not the type of game you play to beat as fast as you can. It's the kind of game you'll play a little bit every week, for many, many weeks to come.
  4. A simplified interface and a stronger focus on plot may alienate some fans of previous games in the series, but there’s an outside chance it will broaden the appeal to a wider audience.
  5. netjak
    72
    I was disappointed and if you are a fan of the HM games, you will be disappointed too.
  6. 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.
  7. Next Generation Magazine
    60
    Your mileage will vary with your patience. [Dec 2001, p.105]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. CandaceM.
    Jul 26, 2005
    10
    I love this game so much and it's so addicting!
  2. MarryA.
    Jun 26, 2002
    10
    This game is so much the best ever!!! i play it every day! its the best!!!! i LOVE the horses! and the dogs are so cute! if i could, i wouldThis game is so much the best ever!!! i play it every day! its the best!!!! i LOVE the horses! and the dogs are so cute! if i could, i would rate it 100%!!! Expand
  3. Meiko
    Feb 22, 2002
    10
    I agree that Mr.Turner has no idea in what he is talking about. He either has a television that is so crappy that it doesn't support I agree that Mr.Turner has no idea in what he is talking about. He either has a television that is so crappy that it doesn't support HM's graphics (whitch are extremley good) or he just has a knac for putting games down for the heck of it. This game was fantastic in every way. Couldn't put it down. Expand
  4. MeowKitty
    Mar 28, 2004
    10
    This game rocked!! I coulden't stop playing it at all ! But there was one down , that you coulden't get married and have a kid like This game rocked!! I coulden't stop playing it at all ! But there was one down , that you coulden't get married and have a kid like in my other Harvest Moon game: Harvest Moon Friends of Mineral Town. But other than that I LOVED this game :0) ! Expand
  5. JonL.
    May 13, 2003
    9
    This game is awesome. it has everything. i play it as much as i possibly can . the only thing that its missing is getting married and having This game is awesome. it has everything. i play it as much as i possibly can . the only thing that its missing is getting married and having a kid. On n64 you could have a kid it seems like its missing something. but over all this game rox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  6. Julia
    Mar 19, 2005
    8
    OHH MY GOD!!! I LUV THIS GAME!! But... I wish you could marry Lyla!!!!!! And also, I wish it was easyer 2 catch a pup. Also, I think we OHH MY GOD!!! I LUV THIS GAME!! But... I wish you could marry Lyla!!!!!! And also, I wish it was easyer 2 catch a pup. Also, I think we should be able to BUY a horse! Expand
  7. 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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#14 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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