Parents' Guide to

Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Farm sim requires a lot of patience but rewards for it.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Great game!

It's a very fun, harmless game for people at any age. No concerns for profanity, violence, etc. Just simple, mindless entertainment! Family friendly, too. :)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands is just as endearing and engrossing as previous entries in this long-running farm-simulation series. Despite being composed mostly of chores and drudgery, the gameplay is somehow addictive. Perhaps it is because seeing all that hard work pay off is so rewarding. And the characters are all so sweet and amiable -- they're fun characters to chat with, and when you win their friendship, you can feel good about it.

Sunshine Islands, like all the Harvest Moon games, is not for everyone. Players who need fast-paced action should definitely sit this one out. And, frankly, people who've played through previous entries in the series, might find this one a bit too familiar. Outside of the island theme and the magic-stone plot-twist, there's not much to differentiate this game from, say, More Friends of Mineral Town. But the similarities between the games doesn't mean they're not each great games in their own right.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Natsume
  • Release date: November 17, 2009
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic MIschief, Use of Alcohol
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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