Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns
Amazing game...with a horrible drawback.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Harvest Moon, and this game was excellent for what I could play. Just don't buy it for the 3DS. Natsume just made a port from the DS to 3DS, and the game freezes if you don't save EVERY DAY, and still freezes occasionally. I got to the fall with no problems, but then it never stopped freezing. I would recommend this to any DS gamer, but please follow my advice or you'll be just as frustrated with it as I am.
A little slow, but it gets the job done
I'll start with bad, and end with the good to give it a happy ending. The start-up tutorial is kinda slow, and the text speed cannot be adjusted. The 3D graphics seem experimental, and there are bits where the 3D layering hurt my eyes. Okay, now for the good. It's addictive, it's hard to put it down once you pick it up. The game in general is really nice, and most of the sprites are really cute, especially the cow. Overall, it's a good game, despite all the small things, but you have to keep in mind that it was one of the first 3DS games. Though you might want to wait for the new H.M. game "New Beginnings" it promises a lot of customization.
My Favorite Harvest Moon Game By Far
This is my absolute favorite Harvest Moon game. One of my favorite parts is that I feel like, no matter what, we are always progressing with the main story line. It's not as much of a hassle as Harvest Moon games often are. I love the fishing and critter catching, the requests on the request board and all the elements that really spice things up. The 3D is very unnecessary, and I would recommend buying the regular DS version rather than the 3D to save some money, unless you really prefer the 3D. Overall, it is a very fun game that never gets boring.
DO NOT GET!
The Graphics are terrible, the story is ok and it crashes every time you play it. First it was ok a fun story but before you coul ddo anything else it freezes up everyday you try to play it. And when you have A KID ON THIS GAME THEY BOTH LOOK THE SAME AND YOU CANT TOUCH THEM TALK TO THE OR GIVE THEM ANY GIFTS FOR THREE YEARS!
Tons of Funs
I honestly don't think a lot of the reviews below are being fair to this game. I started playing Harvest Moon back on the N64 and I've played almost every Harvest Moon that's released on a Nintendo system since then. I've thoroughly enjoyed Two Towns, it ranks up there with my personal favorites. I will admit, though, this version of the game 'does' glitch pretty badly at times, when in the mountains sometimes the game will freeze and the system turns off (this usually happens after playing a few days in a row) and it gets laggy when there's a lot of stuff on the screen. I'd recommend getting the regular DS version if you're undecided, just to avoid these two little problems. Other than that, this is a wonderful and addictive Harvest Moon I've only grown to love more the longer I play it!
A mediocre farming game
Well, I can't say that this is the worst Harvest moon game. It is definitely better than Sunshine Islands, but nowhere near as good as HM DS. First off, this game has two towns. Sure, that sounds like a great idea, but there are hardly any characters to meet in each town, and the ones that do exist have little to no personality. Also, both towns are EXACTLY alike, besides the main exports. Seriously, there are hardly any differences. My main problem with this game is the "Story". Two towns hate each other because of food. Hmmmmm... not exactly winning material. All complaints aside, this game would be great for young children, or someone who wants a tiny taste of the Harvest Moon experience. Also, I never experienced the glitches mentioned in previous reviews.
It has a glitch
I just bought this game and it started freezing. I took it back and tried a different copy. This one does the same thing too. I called Nintendo thinking it was my game system even though every thing else works right and they said it was the game. I called natsume. Here is what they said in a email:
It seems there is an issue with the memory usage. While we try to pinpoint the exact cause, we have a few suggestions that might help reduce the frequency of this issue occurring in your game:
Limit the amount of times you play the petting mini-game each day to about 5 times or less. The petting mini-game uses a bit of memory. Try talking to your animals, petting them every day, and letting them out on sunny days to avoid having to use the petting mini-game as much.
Make sure to save at the end of each day (in-game time). That way, if this issue occurs to you, you won't lose any saved data.
After saving your game for the day, fully power down and restart your 3DS. If you don't want to do this every day, try every other day. Restarting your 3DS will reset the memory.
One or all of these steps should help reduce the occurrence of this issue happening in your game. In the meantime, we are continuing to look into this issue.
I am sorry if you cant play a game to its full capacity it isn't worth it.
Stick with it, it's better than you think.
I have been playing this series for years now, and I must say it began as a sore spot on the HM franchise. However, as I kept playing, I noticed that I could not only learn different things such as cooking skills, and other basic things, but it isn't as easy as people think. You can mine, but you need to get Eileen to first free up the passage between the towns. And the cooking contest is a lot more fun when it gets later on in the game and both teams are hitting it with high stamina recovery items. The only real appointments are that no matter who you marry, the kids look the same, and that they made it a tad hard to get the maker sheds. If you stick with the game, and don't just shut it out as a boring 'easy' game, you will find the complexities of it, and getting all the Wonderful Stones are a real challenge. Also, choosing the town would be better suited if you know which you like better. Bluebell is better if you wanted to raise more animals than crops, and Konohana is more traditional HM with farming rather than animals as the focus. But, Bluebell does still allow farming, you just have a lot less land and Konohana has a barn, but it is much smaller than the Bluebell one. So, just pick your talents, choose your friends wisely because they may determine if you are going to marry your dream guy/girl, and keep an open mind. It really does help.
its not my favorite harvest moon game. i dont like how you have to move from one town to another, and i feel like there is to many rooms in the mountain place, because once ur in there and u get everything, you dont have enough time to talk with everyone in the other town! also when i do play this game, i feel like im just forcing my self to play rather then enjoying the game. i havent played all the HM games, but i would recomend getting grand bazar or ome of the rune factories :D
Not good for long time players of the series...
I've grown up with Harvest Moon. Back To Nature, A Wonderful Life, Magical Melody, even the original! But this has got to be one of my least favorite installments of the series. First, they took everything about harvest moon and split it in half. One town is used for farming while the other is used for livestock. If you've played the series for a long time, do not start in the livestock town. Your 'farming' experience is replaced with cows and chickens and it feels wierd to have one without the other. i had to restart and go to the farming town. The farming town is actually signifigantly better than the Livestock town for several reasons. The people are overall better and the crop raising makes it more of a Harvest Moon rather than an Animal Moon. The graphics are a disapointment considering that the land is in very little 3D, making it look like they wanted to sell the game for a couple more bucks and slap a 3D on it. The music, just like every other game, is good but a little repetitive. Overall, i would probably recommend this for first time players getting used to the series, but caution long time players.