Harvest Moon, also known as Story of Seasons, is a popular farming game. But with so many games in the series, which is the best?
The Harvest Moon game series, which is now called Story of Seasons, is one of the most popular game series. In it, players farm, make friends, and take care of their property. The first game in the series came out in 1996, and since then, a lot of other games have come out.
If you are new to the series, you have a lot of options because there have been so many games on so many different platforms. It can be hard to decide which game to try, so we put together this list of the best games in the series and ranked them to find the best of the best!
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns came out in 2011 for the Nintendo DS. It takes place hundreds of years before the rest of the games in the series. In the game, a cooking competition has turned the towns of Bluebell and Konohana into bitter rivals, and it’s up to the player to choose which one is their hometown.
Both towns have something different to offer. Bluebell is mostly about farm animals, while Konohana is about crops. Like the other games in the series, players have to take care of their farm, get jobs from the towns, and get to know the non-player characters. It’s fun, but it doesn’t really add much to the series, so it’s at the bottom of this list.
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning came out in 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS. It was the last game in the Harvest Moon series before it changed its name to Story of Seasons. In the story, there is a town called Echo Village that has been abandoned. The player must bring it back to life by farming and using other methods that are common to games in the series.
Getting new people to move to the town is important, but it will take a lot of hard work to do so. With the Construction Workshop and Town Renovation Plan, you can build new and interesting places for potential residents to live. This makes the game, at the very least, unique and interesting. A New Beginning is interesting and fun to play, but the long tutorials and slow start can make it take a while to get into.
Story of Seasons
After the series stopped using the familiar Harvest Moon name in 2015, Story of Seasons was the first game to have this name. The game takes place in Oak Tree Town, a small town that wants to find farmers. The player answers an ad for the job because he or she is tired of living in the big city.
If the player does this, they will move to Oak Tree Town, where four other farmers will show them how to farm their new land. The goal of the game is to open all seven shops so that Oak Tree Town can become a place where people from all over the world come to trade. Story of Seasons is a great addition to the series. The only real problem is that it can’t be played with people from other parts of the world.
Story Of Seasons: Pioneers Of Olive Town
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is the second Harvest Moon game to be made for the Nintendo Switch. It will come out in 2021. It has a lot of the same gameplay elements as the previous games. It also brings back the best friends system and adds character customization and different levels of difficulty.
The game has some performance problems, but its rewarding and simple gameplay loop makes it shine, making it arguably the best Harvest Moon game on Switch.
Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands
Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands was a 2009 video game for the Nintendo DS. The game took players away from the usual farm in a small town and put them on an island farm. The player can choose their gender, and the game is better than Island of Happiness for the DS, which also had the Sunshine Islands.
The game adds more people to marry, gives the player the job of growing the island, and lets people get married to each other. Players have to take care of their farms while also trying to find sun stones to get to other islands in the game. Some of these islands let players get new animals or crops.
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody came out in 2005 for the GameCube and in 2008 for the Wii. The main goals of the game are for the player to marry one of the beautiful people in the town and bring back to life the Harvest Goddess, who has turned to stone because the people in the town don’t respect her.
The game is a little different from others in that the player has to do chores and reach milestones in order to collect musical notes. This will eventually let the player make a magical melody, which will free the Harvest Goddess from her stone prison. The game brought something new and different to the series, making it a fun and creative addition.
Harvest Moon: Animal Parade
Harvest Moon: Animal Parade came out in 2009 for the Wii. The story and characters are the same as in Happy Wheels. As the name suggests, the player can ride any of the animals that are available.
On the island of Castanet, where the story takes place, the Harvest Goddess’s pond is missing its sacred tree. Because of this, the island’s animals are leaving, and it’s up to the player to bring the Harvest King back to the island to help bring back the Goddess’ Tree and the island’s animals to their former glory. This game feels new and exciting because it has circus animals in it. It’s a great addition to the series as a whole!
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns took the series in an unexpected new direction once again by adding three new towns. The DS game came out in 2017, and it had three towns that were based on three different cultures. It showed different kinds of dogs, how to walk them around town, and how to decorate your house. The game also had a lot of experienced players because it had 14 different people who could be married.
The player has to get the three towns to work together and learn about their different cultures. Because there are so many different kinds of villagers, there are more NPCs than usual. This gives players who like the social parts of the game series a lot to do and more story to learn about.
Harvest Moon DS And DS Cute
Harvest Moon DS was a weird mix of the mechanics and overall look of Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and the setting and characters of Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life. This game, which came out soon after the last one, puts you in Forget-me-not Valley and gives you the usual Harvest Moon tasks.
Many of the things in the game were the same as in Mineral Town, like tools that could be upgraded with materials found in mines. But it also gave you more ways to customize the game, like being able to build and place barns and other structures where you want and even improve them. It also made good use of the Nintendo DS touchpad, with interactive minigames replacing things like milking, shearing, petting animals, and more. It has some rough spots, but when compared to other games of the time, it has a lot to offer.
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature was the first game to come out on a console other than a Nintendo system. It came out on the original PlayStation in 1999. The characters from Harvest Moon 64 were put into this game, but their lives, family relationships, and personalities were all changed.
The game came out in two different versions so that people could play as either a man or a woman and take care of their grandfather’s farm. In the base game, the player is a young boy who grows up and takes over his grandfather’s farm. He has three years to fix it up. Even though the graphics aren’t as good as they used to be, this game is often called “one of the best” on the PlayStation.
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life came out on the Nintendo GameCube in 2004, but it was later ported to the PlayStation 2 and PS4. The game starts on the Forget-Me-Not-Valley coast, where the player must take over his father’s farm and bring it back to its former glory.
A big part of the game is raising and taking care of animals. The game starts with a dog and a cow. The cow gives milk for 40 days before it needs to mate. At some point, players get ducks, goats, chickens, and other animals that they must care for while also growing crops to make money and improve their overall productivity. The game play is very fun, which makes this a great entry in the series.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town came out for the Game Boy Advance in 2003. In 2020, it will be remade as Story of Seasons for the Nintendo Switch. As one of the first games in the series, it introduced many of the gameplay elements that would become mainstays of the series. The remake brought back these classics and gave them a clean, modern look.
When the player gets older, he finds that the old man has died and left his farm in bad shape, but it is now his! The player then has to bring the farm back to life while interacting with the other villagers, getting married, and having a child of his own. Friends of Mineral Town is often at the top of lists like this one because it is a game that is deceptively fun and keeps people coming back for more.