Harvest Moon: Lil' Farmers

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Cute but repetitive farm sim great for young kids.

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Simple tap/swipe controls are great for little hands.

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Spin-off from popular Harvest Moon franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Harvest Moon: Lil' Farmers is a farming simulator related to the popular Harvest Moon farming game series. It contains nothing inappropriate for young children, no in-game purchases, and its privacy policy indicates it collects absolutely no information. You can read the privacy policy in its entirety here.

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What's it about?

HARVEST MOON: LIL' FARMERS lets very young children find out what it's like to take care of a farm. Simple mini-games let kids milk cows, shear sheep, collect eggs, wash horses, and grow fruits and vegetables. A simple shop sim lets them share their farm-grown wares with smiling customers.

Is it any good?

For animal-loving kids, this can't help but be a winner. This collection of fun little activities lets kids take care of their favorite farm friends, from grooming to feeding. The responsive controls and straightforward mini-games are immediately understandable, and this being a pay-once app, kids can replay mini-games as many times as they want. The app's graphics and sound effects have the charm and sprightly color made famous by the Harvest Moon series, and kids will love caring for their animals and watching their crops grow.

Harvest Moon: Lil' Farmers' main drawback though, is its lack of fun, context, and personalization. Kids can't name their own farm or animals, and there's not the barest minimum of story here. Also, there's no fun farm animal information, or any real sense of achievement or skill growth so kids older than five could get bored with it fairly quickly. Still, it's a cute and harmless diversion for the tiniest farmers in your family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about real life animals. Have you ever visited a farm or a petting zoo?

  • Discuss the chores that are done on a farm. What are they, and why are they important?

  • Think about owning a farm. What kind of farm animals would you have?

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For kids who love farming

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