A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Hard work and diligence are rewarded and applauded. Being nice to others helps you win benefits and bonuses within the game.
Positive Role Models
The characters are almost all very friendly, helpful, hard-working people. There are no "bad guys" and no one who is even all that unlikable. One character might be considered a Mexican stereotype in that he wears a serape and big sombrero (as he did "in his homeland").
Ease of Play
This incarnation of Harvest Moon requires players to do more than previous versions, and is thus a bit more complicated. But this should be seen as making the playing experience deeper and more fulfilling, rather than more difficult.
Violence & Scariness
If you accidentally hit an animal while using one of your farm implements, the animal will make a noise and look dismayed for a second.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters can get married and have children. If the latter occurs, a baby will simply appear in the home after a time.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beverages like strawberry wine and beer can be purchased and imbibed during play. Drinking these, like eating or drinking anything else in the game, will revive your stamina. There is no drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the visually adorable Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar is a detail-oriented farm simulation that may be too complicated for younger players. It is also a slowly-paced game, so kids without the patience to see through a long and intertwined story might want to stay away. The content is generally child-friendly, with very sweet, earnest characters. Alcoholic beverages can be consumed, though (without resulting in drunkenness), and it's worth noting that characters can get married and have babies (though nothing involving the latter is depicted visually).
Is It Any Good?
Getting to run your own farm stand in Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar is a fantastic new feature that adds so much depth to this long-running (and sometimes repetitive series). Fans of the Harvest Moon games should love this new twist, which layers on a whole new money-management strategy aspect to the game. And newcomers to these farm sims will have a deeper playing experience than they would have by picking up one of the older titles. The open-endedness of the game allows for some nice exploration and a true customization of your experience. The characters here are also all new (no recycling of characters, as has been done in some previous HM games), and are on the whole a very likable bunch. The farming itself may have been turned into harder work than before, but the ability to sell things other than crops adds a lot of much-needed variety. This is one of the best Harvest Moon games in a long time.
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