Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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In-depth farm sim is great entry in popular series.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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
Consumerism
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.

What 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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byace1234 October 13, 2010
Parent of a 10 and 11 year old Written byAuds6868 September 15, 2010

boring for boys being boys

My 10 year old daughter farms on her iTouch and occassionally Facebook applications. This held my son's interest (11 years) momentarily (as in one week) a... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 22, 2012

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 th... Continue reading
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 anima... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

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