Parents' Guide to

Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Plodding farming sim that's more work than fun.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Boring. Period.

Well it may LOOK like a great game for kids my kiddos got bored really fast. Sometimes they say it feels like a endless loop. It can be fun at times but overall it's a waste of your time and money.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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

While this simulation seems interesting at first, your jobs quickly become tedious and repetitive. And the new content unfolds at a snail's pace. But what's worse is that the game controls don't work well. This is a stylus-controlled game where it is difficult to make the stylus do what you want. For example, when you want to clear land or water plants, you must move your character around so that a purple square lands on the space you want to work. Unfortunately the purple square jerks around a lot as the character moves, so that it can take multiple tries to get it to stop where you want it to. This game will frustrate all but the most patient of players.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Natsume
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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