Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar Game Poster Image

Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar

(i)

 

In-depth farm sim is great entry in popular series.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Hard work and diligence are rewarded and applauded. Being nice to others helps you win benefits and bonuses within the game.

Positive role models

The characters are almost all very friendly, helpful, hard-working people. There are no "bad guys" and no one who is even all that unlikable. One character might be considered a Mexican stereotype in that he wears a serape and big sombrero (as he did "in his homeland").

Ease of play

This incarnation of Harvest Moon requires players to do more than previous versions, and is thus a bit more complicated. But this should be seen as making the playing experience deeper and more fulfilling, rather than more difficult.

Violence

If you accidentally hit an animal while using one of your farm implements, the animal will make a noise and look dismayed for a second.

Sex

Characters can get married and have children. If the latter occurs, a baby will simply appear in the home after a time.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Beverages like strawberry wine and beer can be purchased and imbibed during play. Drinking these, like eating or drinking anything else in the game, will revive your stamina. There is no drunkenness.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the visually adorable Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar is a detail-oriented farm simulation that may be too complicated for younger players. It is also a slowly-paced game, so kids without the patience to see through a long and intertwined story might want to stay away. The content is generally child-friendly, with very sweet, earnest characters. Alcoholic beverages can be consumed, though (without resulting in drunkenness), and it's worth noting that characters can get married and have babies (though nothing involving the latter is depicted visually).

What's it about?

HARVEST MOON: GRAND BAZAAR begins with the same story as almost every other game in the series: You are a newcomer to a small town, about to start up your own farm. And just as in other Harvest Moon games, you will socialize with neighbors, woo boyfriends/girlfriends, attend festivals, start a family, etc. The big difference here is that you can't just sell your produce by tossing it into a bin: You have to run a farm stand at the local bazaar, selling your crops as well as recipes you cook, items you find, flowers you pick, etc.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Getting to run your own farm stand in Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar is a fantastic new feature that adds so much depth to this long-running (and sometimes repetitive series). Fans of the Harvest Moon games should love this new twist, which layers on a whole new money-management strategy aspect to the game. And newcomers to these farm sims will have a deeper playing experience than they would have by picking up one of the older titles. The open-endedness of the game allows for some nice exploration and a true customization of your experience. The characters here are also all new (no recycling of characters, as has been done in some previous HM games), and are on the whole a very likable bunch. The farming itself may have been turned into harder work than before, but the ability to sell things other than crops adds a lot of much-needed variety. This is one of the best Harvest Moon games in a long time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the experience of playing a game like this -- with a generally positive, friendly attitude and no real "action," per se -- differs from playing a game that revolves around violent action. Can a slower-paced game, like Harvest Moon, be just as much fun?

  • In the game, you can play as either a boy or a girl. Would you ever play as the opposite gender? Why or why not? What might you learn from doing so?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Natsume
Release date:August 28, 2010
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Use of Alcohol

This review of Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byace1234 October 13, 2010

kids love it

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old July 22, 2012
LEARNING

The best game EVER!

This game is fun and teaches about farming i think its really fun ( im 10 ) to grow crops and it has cats and dogs. every friday you get to sell something at the bazaar
Teen, 14 years old Written byqriel November 6, 2010

possibly best DS HM to date

Like any other harvest moon game, it starts off as you. the player, going into a new town & owning a farm. You can buy crop seeds, tree seeds, and animals like cows and dogs too. Unlike other HM games where you had to release a goddess or raise islands, this one is pretty dull in your motivation to farm- you have to make money for your town's bazaar to be best in the world again. Besides that one down point, the rest of the game is fun and solid. They kept what made the old games great and threw out what made the newer DS games horrible (Only touch-screen use, boring activities, etc). You can "marry" characters and have children, but the latter doesn't have any actual depiction of the childbirth or anything (they're just like, ...You had a baby.) Most of the "bachelors" and "bachelorettes" (emphasis on bachelors) look like they're 14 or 15, with the exception of this one stoic dude wearing a frigg*n lobotomy turban, so it's not really realistic in that regard. But overall this is a really fun game for kids and adults of all ages. ..also, common sense media, is fr*ggin REALLY a curse word? really?
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Family Media Agreement