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Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning

Cute, open-ended farming series adds more customization.

What parents need to know

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

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.


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


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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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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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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension
Math: money
Science: ecosystems
Social Studies: exploration, the economy, timelines
Hobbies: collecting, cooking, gardening
Skills:Self-Direction: work to achieve goals, working efficiently
Emotional Development: empathy
Communication: friendship building
Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility, honoring the community
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 6, 2012
Topics:Friendship, Horses and farm animals
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Use of Alcohol

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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 inappropriate. This is an amazing game! You can take care of animals and raise crops. It is fun and super easy!
Kid, 12 years old August 30, 2014


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 or The Witch Princess. Girls can marry: Neil, Allen, Rod, Soseki, Sanjay and Amir. I'm currently married to Neil and expecting a child. Once you get married you build the child's bed and you trigger the pregnancy event. Eventually you give birth. The child goes through stages: Baby, Crawler, Child and Temporary Teenager. However, there are some sad parts. Breaking up. Your boyfriend/girlfriend may break up with you, and this triggers the breakup scene. Death. The farm animals you raise may die in the morning when you make up. Very sad music plays when this happened. In Harvest moon Grand bazzar, when this happened to my chicken, I CRIED. However, if you have a high bond with them or if you save before the death, it may survive the next morning. Stress. Animals can get stressed out if you hit them with tools, neglect them, or leave them out in snow storms, tycoons or rain. Once stress builds up you must give them medicine, or the death scene will trigger and they die. Pets (Cats, dogs horses) live forever I guess: They only get fat when stressed out.
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byMaiya78 December 17, 2016

I love this game!!

Out of the harvest moon series this is one of my favourites, it is great fun and develops the characters very well, however this farming simulation game can be slow paced with story and unlocking new features; which is why I think it would be best suited for people 9 and up, as it would be hard for a young child to be emersed in the story.
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use