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Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
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  1. Jul 16, 2020
    100
    Overall, the game very much feels like the very best of the original Harvest Moon title mixed with the newer mechanics and ideas that have been developed in the Story of Seasons franchise. It's a perfect mesh of old and new that feels well pitched for both veterans and newcomers to enjoy. If you're looking for a relaxing game to calm your mind at the end of the day, then Story Of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is here to fill that gap.
  2. Jul 8, 2020
    95
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, I’m happy to report, strips away the fat, leaving behind the sort of lean mean farming title fans crave. The new additions and streamlining made an already fantastic experience on the GBA into a near-perfect one on the Switch.
  3. Jul 8, 2020
    91
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a remake that builds on the original in all the right ways, and is recommended for anyone looking for a quaint, charming farm story to sink some time into. In some ways it may be shallow and a little outdated, but overall it makes for a lovely experience.
  4. Jul 8, 2020
    90
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town might not re-invent the wheel, but it's an excellent reminder why the formula the original helped create is so beloved and long-lasting.
  5. Jul 8, 2020
    90
    The gameplay feels well-polished and each character will have you wanting to learn more about them. The very few hiccups I encountered as far as gameplay goes were nothing to keep me from enjoying the game immensely. It would be great to have just a few more quality of life changes, sure, but as far as what’s already in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, you can expect on the most enjoyable RPGs I’ve ever encountered. If ever there were a time to get away to a farm and lost in the mines, it’s now, and with a game like Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town you might just find exactly the escape you need.
  6. Jul 8, 2020
    90
    Despite its simple appearance in how it looks and the game mechanics, Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town is a superb remake, filled with many tasks to do that help the farm grow in all areas. Farming games are much beloved for what they offer, the wide variety of crops and handful of animals mean there is rarely a dull moment, unless it's a season like Winter, due to the absence of crops. There is no doubt that this remake delivers an enjoyable farming experience that provides countless hours of game play. It is a joy to relax with and be immersed by a simpler life compared to reality, with various town events throughout the year providing extra entertainment, sometimes with a trophy to be won, and the addictive tasks necessary on a farm.
  7. Jul 8, 2020
    90
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is the ideal Story of Seasons experience. It may lack some of the unique ideas from later games in the franchise, but it captures the fun of farming simulators. It can be repetitive and too easy to earn money, but you'll hours spending hours exploring mines and perfecting your crops. Additionally, the Switch version retains the portability of the original GBA title, so FoMT is an excellent Story of Seasons experience for newcomers and long-term fans alike.
  8. 90
    For someone who generally shies away from more casual games such as Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, it really did a lot to win me over. I was surprised by just how much there is to do in Mineral Town, and as a result, I often found myself mapping out a to-do list for the following day. There’s always something to work towards, be it growing crops, improving tools, or starting a relationship, and this really helped things from getting too stale. Between the laid-back gameplay and cutesy art style, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town has renewed my appreciation of more casual games. It is definitely a game I will return to time and time again when I need to de-stress.
  9. Jul 8, 2020
    90
    A relaxing game, a brilliant remake, and if you like farming games you’ll be happy as a pig in mud.
  10. Jul 8, 2020
    90
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is simple and charming, but beneath the rather basic gameplay loop hides some surprisingly deep secrets. It brings back elements of farming games past, including marriage rivals and transient characters, while providing some major quality of life updates as well as a more freedom, such as limited character customization and a truly bizarre variety of farmyard pets. It’s a cozy, welcoming little village, sure to charm any farming fan.
  11. Jul 8, 2020
    90
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is the perfect farming simulation for Switch. It eases you into the genre but provides tons of special events and milestones to hit for those who invest the most time into it. There are more than enough reasons to make this your first entry in the series or revisit Mineral Town again.
  12. 90
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is the most charmingly twee thing on the Nintendo Switch. It is bright, colourful, wholesome, sweet, and, for people that remember the original on the Game Boy Advance, nostalgic. Story of Seasons encapsulates the desire that many have to retreat to a "simpler life" of wholesome work and earned reward. It's also a magnificent parallel - in an industry that is so drenched in extreme, unquestioned violence, sex, anger, terror, drugs and "serious themes", this game is a rare retreat and opportunity to reset. It's a reminder that it's okay for games to be warm-spirited... and that's a sadly rare thing these days.
  13. Aug 4, 2020
    88
    Who says you can never go home again? Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral town takes an already great game in the storied franchise and throws it into HD, with a hefty bushel of new content along for the ride. Whether you're a nostalgic veteran like me or a greenhorn just starting out, Mineral Town is a worthy addition to your Switch library.
  14. Jul 8, 2020
    86
    Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town is a wonderful return to the past that gives a good facelift to the original Game Boy Advance game. Despite not taking risks, its formula is very successful and delighted to all lovers of farm simulators, management and RPGs.
  15. Jul 17, 2020
    85
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is as perfect a remake of the Gameboy Advance classic as you can imagine.
  16. Jul 17, 2020
    85
    This remake of a Gameboy Advance classic will hopefully find some new followers on this newer system. The easy-going, laid back, open-world style might not be the perfect fit for everyone. The game's tried-and-true formula, with short calendar days, seems to be a prime fit for short gameplay stints, especially for people who have busy lives.
  17. Sep 15, 2020
    80
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town’s Switch port is a means of preserving the past while gradually adjusting it so it is slightly more in tune with modern sensibilities. There aren’t drastic changes here. It will definitely feel a bit dated and difficult, due to the way stamina and a player’s inventory were handled back in the day. But there are plenty of positive changes, from new additions that range from characters to crops, changes that do make it easier to take care of your homestead, and more opportunities to fall in love with (all) of your favorite characters. It’s a welcome opportunity to sample a try a change of pace.
  18. Jul 20, 2020
    80
    Friends of Mineral Town may not feature quite everything that the newest Story of Seasons games have, but it comes fairly close and it does so while remaking one of the series most popular titles. Fans of this long-running farming series should feel good picking the remake up and playing it whenever they can, and if you're a recent convert (from, say, the breakout success of Stardew Valley), you will also undoubtedly love this title as well. Welcome back to Mineral Town!
  19. Jul 17, 2020
    80
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is perfectly shaped to fill that post-New Horizons void in your soul. If you were a fan of the original Harvest Moon game, you’ll find a lot of nostalgia in this retelling of the Mineral Town story, but those looking for complex characters or a compelling story to follow may well be left disappointed.
  20. Jul 13, 2020
    80
    With moreish gameplay, charming characters, more inclusive romance options, updated visuals, and a smattering of quality-of-life improvements, STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town polishes up a definitive farming sim classic to bring it into the modern era.
  21. Jul 9, 2020
    80
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town offers up a perfectly satisfying and simple take on the farm sim genre. Heartwarming character interactions, easy to grasp farming mechanics, and a nice variety of side activities prove to make this release a potent and worthwhile entry in this long-running series. Though its roots as a handheld game occasionally resurface and there’s not a ton of new content added for this remake, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town more than stands enough on its own as a quality game that deserves a spot in your Switch library. If you’re looking for something to fill that post-Animal Crossing hole in your life, or are just simply a fan of the farm sim genre in general, don’t miss out on this one.
  22. Jul 8, 2020
    80
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town takes one of the better-remembered entries in this storied franchise and gives it a fresh coat of adorable paint. While feeling more casual, and a bit held back by its roots, this is the perfect return for anyone fond of the original release.
  23. Jul 8, 2020
    80
    For old fans of the series, this is still a fine remake, and the quality of life changes make the transition from GBA to the Switch worth it. I’d say even new fans of the series will have a good time while playing. The game is still fun to be in, and I’ll continue to play it as I progress through the years in-game, but it just misses the opportunity to be spectacular in any way.
  24. Jul 8, 2020
    80
    The videogame arrives on Nintendo Switch with a graphic face lift and improved menus but without too many new features. It perfectly maintains the essence of the original but with a clear focus on the GBA version.
  25. Jul 8, 2020
    80
    Friends of Mineral Town has moments where certain features would have benefitted from further modern upgrades, but this is still a satisfying remake of the beloved classics.
  26. Jul 8, 2020
    80
    Gamers that have already poured hundreds of hours into Animal Crossing: New Horizons would do well to check out Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. The game offers a similarly laid-back experience with a number of options that allow players to tailor it the way that they see fit. It certainly won't be for everyone, but the farm RPG offers a wonderful take on one of the most beloved Harvest Moon entries.
  27. Jul 8, 2020
    80
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a good remake of a very beloved game. Sadly, it would have been great if the title had updated some aspects like its map. But if you are looking for some relaxing games, we highly recommend buying a copy of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town.
  28. 80
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a must-play for both fans of the franchise, and gamers in love with farming oriented life-sims. It doesn't opt to break new ground, but instead play to its strengths, leaning on what made the experience great 17 years ago.
  29. Jul 8, 2020
    80
    Friends of Mineral Town remains an engaging, warm and homey experience.
  30. Jul 8, 2020
    80
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a 3D remake of a game from a former generation and it's fair to say it picks up everything that made the original enjoyable and builds up on it, making this a work that's thoroughly recommended for all tastes. Whether it's doing menial seeding and plowing tasks or bonding with other villagers, Friends of Mineral Town is filled with lovely moments that make even the most routine actions feel like something to look forward to.
  31. Jul 8, 2020
    80
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town takes a while to reveal its charms. The pace may put players not familiar with the rhythm of farming and relationship sims off, but for those invested they will be treated to a lovely, relaxing slice of idyllic rural life.
  32. Jul 8, 2020
    77
    Friends of Mineral Town is a great way to spend time having a quiet, virtual life as a farmer. It’s a slow-paced game, but it’s also ideal if you just want to sit back and relax and enjoy the country life.
  33. Aug 10, 2020
    70
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral town is a fun time sink, but for a near full price game, sticks a little too close to its base game from more than 15 years ago. It has a great progression system that is still haunted by old traditions of ridiculously obtuse unlock conditions for certain features. If you have a reliable guide, you’re going to have a pretty good time, but the necessity of one really hampers the laid back, casual vibe of the game. If you’ve been a fan of the series for a while or are interested in the new features like gay marriage, then give it a try. Everyone else may want to wait for a price drop.
  34. Aug 3, 2020
    70
    Hardcore fans who love the game will enjoy seeing it in its new beauty, while newcomers get to enjoy its engrossing farming life for many hours before it grows stale. As long as people do not go in expecting the best farming life sim on the market, then this update to an Harvest Moon classic can put a warm smile on your face, especially when enjoyed with a nice glass of freshly milked coffee milk.
  35. Jul 20, 2020
    70
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is such a calming experience from it’s very sweet and earthy tunes to its simple routine. While credits can be rolled in about twenty hours, this a game that is meant to be played well beyond the player’s first year. There are lots of friendships to make, storylines to unfold, and gossip to be found. While I wish the presentation had been stronger, I won’t deny the fun I had courting my librarian love while also enjoying the fruits of my virtual labour. Friends of Mineral Town is an engaging game for those of us who love and need a sense of repetition in these times of uncertainty.
  36. Jul 13, 2020
    70
    Heartwarming interactions, easy to grasp farming mechanics, and upbeat graphics and soundtrack provide any fans of the farm sim genre an enjoyable experience. For old fans of the series, this is a fine remake with nice improved updates to bring back some great memories, and for new players this offers a well-executed farming sim experience with a great gameplay loop.
  37. Jul 9, 2020
    70
    If you’re looking for something to sink hours into and enjoy a slow, steady stroll rather than an action-packed sprint, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town might just be for you.
  38. Jul 8, 2020
    70
    We return to Mineral Town with a great facelift that bets on simplicity of mechanics and simplicity in its menus and staging. We find a very classic Harvest Moon-style adventure, where we lose ourselves for days harvesting and improving our farm, but there is something decaffeinated and empty in these times, being a very brief option in terms of ambition.
  39. Jul 8, 2020
    70
    Despite its age, simplicity, and lack of embellishments, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town proves the Bokujō Monogatari franchise has been on the money since the very beginning. Its content may feel a little sparse compared to its successors and competitors, but I can see myself returning to these lands long after the next harvest moon.
  40. Jul 8, 2020
    70
    Its laid-back gameplay and overall simplicity are extremely peaceful and addicting, but I would advise that new players manage their expectations. Because of my concern for how new players will respond to the lack of meaningful content, I do question whether this specific remake was necessary. Nevertheless, veterans and nostalgic fans who are looking forward to revisiting this game will find a classic installment that maintains all of its original charm and modesty — and does so better than ever.
  41. Jul 8, 2020
    70
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a faithful remake of its previous iterations. However, there's simply too much missing when it comes to story and gameplay which holds it back from being a must-have game in the series.
  42. Jul 8, 2020
    70
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town faithfully revisits and modernises the Game Boy Advance Harvest Moon classic, which will delight nostalgia-seekers. However, there’s still plenty of room for the Story of Seasons series to grow in a post-Stardew Valley world.
  43. 65
    Friends of Mineral Town feels flat and simplistic as a result of trying too hard to emulate the game it’s based on. Although there is a fair amount of freedom to play the game as you see fit, it’s difficult to recommend the latest Story of Seasons entry over something like Stardew Valley or even the two 3DS games. In-game achievements, hidden items to collect, and an easy mode are all welcome features; ultimately, though they don’t contribute enough to make for a compelling experience. Those who want to enjoy the nostalgia of Harvest Moon on SNES and GBA will like coming back to something familiar, but Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town isn’t necessarily worth throwing in the shipping box.
  44. Aug 5, 2020
    60
    It’s fine, it’s just not all that special.
  45. Jul 14, 2020
    50
    Ultimately, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a serviceable and cute farming simulator, albeit a little shallow.
  46. Jul 8, 2020
    50
    Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town feels closer to a remaster than a remake, with the majority of in-game mechanics feeling antiquated by modern standards. Shallow systems combined with inflated upgrade prices makes progress a slow trudge, with the rewards rarely feeling worth it. Interacting with the people of Mineral Town offers a nice, romantic look at small-town farm life, but the rest of the game fails to sell it.
  47. 40
    Like many other life simulators, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will probably benefit from sunk cost fallacy (if you make it past the first 20 hours, why not another 20?), but if you want a farm sim to wholeheartedly commit to, seek your pleasure elsewhere.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 48
  2. Negative: 6 out of 48
  1. Jul 17, 2020
    4
    Stick to the Original GBA release.

    While this game has many improvements, I had some issues playing this game and cannot justify it being
    Stick to the Original GBA release.

    While this game has many improvements, I had some issues playing this game and cannot justify it being $50. issues including materials selling for more than your crops, Missed opportunity to include multiplayer connectivity like the last game. Character names such as Ann and Won have been oddly changed.
    Speaking of which, the game's dialogue looks like its been put through google translate. Since everyone in the game is "bi" including the player, this also means that there are no more Rival Events. This makes the game needlessly easy and provides no challenge for the game at all.
    You can no longer cook your own dishes, you have to learn recipes. Which means some recipes are no longer a secret. TV Shopping is no longer a thing, you have to buy utensils at a store. I've also ran into several bugs, and crashes a few times.
    Overall, this game feels like a cash grab trying to pull in fans of the original game. For $50, i wouldn't recommend this.
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  2. Jul 23, 2020
    8
    A really good remake of a classic. Runs very good on the switch, both docked and handheld mode. If you like the previous Harvest Moon, nowA really good remake of a classic. Runs very good on the switch, both docked and handheld mode. If you like the previous Harvest Moon, now renamed Story of seasons. You will love this game. Full Review »
  3. Jul 20, 2020
    10
    I love this, love the nostalgia, the game doesn't have too much difference from the former game, they're just enchancing the graphics, maybeI love this, love the nostalgia, the game doesn't have too much difference from the former game, they're just enchancing the graphics, maybe some new npc, and that's all, the mechanic of the game is the same as it's former game Full Review »