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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game's story begins when Sunny Island is overrun with vegetables. Though the characters must harvest as many as possible, the consquences of the vegetable infestation aren't fully explored. And because the story is only one of many modes of play, story and theme are secondary to the puzzle play. The main message is one of using your mind to solve puzzles.
Positive Role Models
The main characters must harvest vegetables that have grown out of control on the peaceful Sunny Island.
Ease of Play
The game's controls are simple and straightforward, though in single-player mode, the difficulty curve can be steep in some levels.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming contains no objectionable content whatsoever and is a cute, fun, and acceptable game for most kids. However, kids too young to read will not be able to enjoy the story dialogue by themselves.
Is It Any Good?
The gameplay in Frantic Farming is fast, addictive, and fun. While the core idea of manipluating colored blocks is nothing new, the extra modes and original story are enough to make the game feel fresh. And there's lots of gameplay variation, most interesting being the Mission Mode, where you map out your moves, instead of racing against a clock. Some stages, too, have higher difficulty level, sometimes making for a uneven experience. But overall, a solid, delightful, and compelling puzzle game with broad age and gender appeal.
Online interaction: Multiplayer modes let DS owners link-up and share a single game cartidge.
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