Harvest Moon was one of the original farming simulators. It sold millions of copies and helped inspire the most successful game of all time – Farmville. Even though it’s an old game (from 2000), it’s still STRANGELY ADDICTING.
Here are the top 5 things I loved about the game:
- Creation: When I saw my seeds germinating for the first time, I felt all warm and fuzzy inside.
- Cliffhangers: Movies, books and TV shows use cliffhangers all the time. Games? Not so much. But Harvest Moon does! I always felt on the verge of something awesome when I quit a session. I wanted to see my seeds germinate. I wanted to see what my barn would look like with a chicken. I wanted to ride my horse. To do that, I had to come back.
- Routine: I woke up, harvested some bamboo from the mountains, watered my crops, talked to my horse and then did my errands before nightfall. There’s some simple beauty in a repeatable pattern within a progression arc.
- Engrossing Economy: The currency felt REAL. I almost felt like I made real money from selling my crops!
- Set ‘em Up and I’ll Knock ‘em Down: The barns and stables are prebuilt, but they’re empty. It was like a progress bar that was half-full. I couldn’t resist wanting to fill it up.
Intrigued? You can download Harvest Moon: Back to Nature in the Playstation Store.