Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Cute, open-ended farming series adds more customization.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to follow directions and work efficiently to get chores done. They earn badges for collecting, gardening, and cooking skills. Kids learn about the economy and fiscal responsibility by producing products to sell, which increases the town's prosperity. They also learn about ecosystems as the game cycles through four seasons with unique plants, animals, and weather. Kids build friendships and develop empathy by interacting with neighbors and taking care of livestock. By living another's life, kids learn how to set goals, develop friendships, be part of a community, and build a business in Harvest Moon: A New Beginning.

Positive Messages

Players are rewarded for working hard, taking good care of their animals, and helping out their neighbors. The game encourages them to be caring and thoughtful by giving gifts that are suited to a character's particular tastes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some of the characters have mild cases of "attitude," but overall the townspeople are friendly, caring, optimistic, and hard-working.

Ease of Play

There's a lot to keep track of in the game, and many repetitive tasks that can't be neglected -- like watering crops and cleaning out the barn. It's all explained through rather hefty tutorials, which can be re-read at any time by accessing the player's bookshelf.

Violence

Players can hit animals with farm tools, causing them to cry out and run away.

Sex

Characters can date and get married. There are references to kissing and love, but nothing graphic.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine can be purchased from the store and consumed to restore stamina. There is no drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning is a relaxed and cute farming sim that's very child-friendly, provided kids are patient enough for the game's languid pacing, detail-oriented gameplay, and involved storyline. The game is full of friendly, hard-working role models. Farm animals can die of old age or disease, which some kids might find upsetting. Alcoholic beverages like wine can be consumed in the context of restoring stamina. (There is no drunkenness.)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byScreennameGirl January 19, 2013

Fun and Easy Game

This is a nice, easy to play game. It is possible to hit animals with tools, but not encouraged. You can also love and marry people. There is nothing graphic or... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 30, 2014

Good.

It has some learning because you learn how to take care of animals this way. You can also get married. Boys can marry: Felicity, Iroha, Yuri, Tina, Michelle... Continue reading

What's it about?

Like most games in the Harvest Moon series, HARVEST MOON: A NEW BEGINNING starts with the player moving to a new town to start a farm. Gameplay is open-ended and there's a lot to do, including growing crops, raising livestock, cooking, building, socializing with neighbors, and eventually dating and getting married. A New Beginning introduces the ability to customize your appearance (including gender and skin color), and rearrange the layout of the town by dragging and dropping buildings and scenery.

Is it any good?

Like its predecessors, Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is a slow-paced yet incredibly deep game that yields rich rewards for players who are willing to invest the time. Veterans of the Harvest Moon series will appreciate the ability to put their own personal stamp on the town and their character's appearance. Relationships are more sophisticated, too -- spouses prepare meals and even help out with chores on the farm. The game is a polished and an enjoyable starting point for people who are new to the series as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Harvest Moon compares to other farming sims. Is it a more, or less, realistic depiction of farm life?

  • What strategies did you use to court the boyfriend or girlfriend of your choice? Do you think these techniques work in real life?

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