Parents' Guide to

Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Great farm sim with a few references to grown-up behavior.

Game PSP 2010
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (1):
Kids say (3):

In many ways, Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley feels like a revitalization of the series. With the exception of last year's Frantic Farming (which was technically a puzzle game), we've had a decade of extremely similar Harvest Moon titles. Although Hero of Leaf Valley bears resemblance to previous incarnations, it feels so much fresher. Instead of dumping your crops into one box, you take them around to sell yourself -- this adds more work, but also a welcome new business element. Farming is not the only way to make money, as you can now take on jobs around town (as a miner, cook, lumberjack, and more). It's also very nice to have a story with a definitive goal -- and multiple ways to get there. Having the corporate "villains" milling about town -- and available for you to marry! -- adds a depth of drama that previous iterations also lacked.

Harvest Moon games have always been fun and well-made, but were often too similar to one another. Hero of Leaf Valley bucks that trend with a gorgeous new look and adventurous new feel. I still miss the option to play as a girl, though.

Game Details

  • Platform: PSP
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Natsume
  • Release date: April 27, 2010
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E for Simulated Gambling, Use of Alcohol
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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