Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning
What parents need to know
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.)
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- reading comprehension
- the economy
- work to achieve goals
- working efficiently
- friendship building
Responsibility & Ethics
- fiscal responsibility
- honoring the community
Engagement, Approach, Support
This is a slow-paced yet incredibly deep game that yields rich rewards for players who are willing to invest the time. The game is polished and enjoyable whether or not players are familiar with the Harvest Moon series.
By living another's life, kids learn how to set goals, develop friendships, be part of a community, and build a business. They can also learn about the economy and ecosystems as they run their farms.
There's a lot to keep track of in the game, but it's all explained through hefty tutorials, which can be re-read at any time. The game encourages free exploration, but characters offer hints about what to do next to trigger in-game events.
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.
Families can talk 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?