Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns

 
Fun farming on the go with storyline about feuds.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game's experience is mostly calm and peaceful. Players take the role of a farmer moving to a new village. There is an underlying story about two feuding villages but players are encouraged to rise above that feud and instead focus on becoming a thriving farmer, going to festivals, and meeting new people.

Positive role models

There is a feud between the village where players set up shop and a neighboring village. This spat is described only to set up a conflict for players to overcome, but nearly all of the townspeople that players meet are kind-spirited, friendly, and helpful. Most of these villagers are positive role models.

Ease of play

The game is easily accessible and uses simple touch-screen controls for players to easily manage their farms, buy accessories, and interact with other villagers. Trying to sustain and further grow crops will require endurance and patience, but any player who enjoys fantasy games will easily be able to get the hang of this game. The intrigue of this game is not its difficulty, but rather its long-term playability.

Violence & scariness

It is possible -- but never encouraged -- to whack farm animals while holding a farm tool like a hammer. This causes the animal to react and squeal, but it is impossible to actually harm the animals.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns is the latest entry in the successful and long-running Harvest Moon franchise. Players take on the role of an ambitious young farmer who moves into a new village and must work hard to cultivate crops, take care of animals, and soak in the local color. This franchise has been heralded as being relaxing and peaceful, and even though it involves elements of adventure and role-playing games, there is no violent conflict or any other negative content. The only questionable material is that players can buy beer and wine from a local shop, but these items are treated as functional stamina boosters and not as anything gratuitous.

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What's it about?

Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns has the same basic set-up as most other Harvest Moon titles -- players assume the role of an ambitious young farmer looking to make his or her mark in a new village. In this game, there is an underlying story about two feuding villages. Players have to choose one of these villages and then find themselves opposed by the other side. This story is only played as a minor conflict and it is used to encourage players to stand high above the petty feud.

Is it any good?

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HARVEST MOON: TALE OF TWO TOWNS is a great addition to the storied Harvest Moon franchise. The story about two dueling villages, though not played out comprehensively, adds a touch of intrigue and purpose to the game. In addition, the aspect of socializing with other townspeople and going to festivals is stronger here than in previous titles. Plus, since this is a handheld game, players can take it on the go and manage their farm anytime, anywhere. In short, this is a fun and worthwhile game for Harvest Moon fans and newcomers to the franchise alike.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the use on in-game avatars. How does your Harvest Moon character differ from you?

  • How would you resolve the dispute between the two towns?

  • How difficult do you think it would be to farm in real life?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Natsume
Release date:September 20, 2011
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:E for Use of Alcohol, Comic Mischief (Nintendo DS)

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Kid, 10 years old March 7, 2012
age 7+
 

Fun Game!

I think it is a fun game. A little bit of sexual content though. The player can get married and have a chlid, although this is completely optional. It teaches the responsibility of running a farm and caring for animals. If you like laid-back, easy games, try this.
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Great messages
Kid, 12 years old August 30, 2014
age 9+
 

Tips

I have never played this: And I want it, but I still want to write about it. It's the same thing as the past games. Bachelors of Bluebell Village are Ash & Cam. Bachelors of Konohana are Kana and Hiro. The Secret Bachelors are Mikhail and Dirk. I don't really know who the Bachelorettes are. Once again, if the animals are hit by tools you stress them out and if they are still stressed they die, and the death scene triggers. Death is not just caused by stress: It just might be old age. No matter who you marry, the default child is the same.
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Easy to play/use
Kid, 12 years old May 24, 2014
age 8+
 

Harvest Moon:Tale of Two Towns is fun!

I recently got this and I am already ADDICTED. Unlike the past games of this series, you can choose to be a boy or a girl, so players who would rather play as a girl for the game can play at ease. Children who do play this game will learn the responsibility of farming, care for pets, and even to save money for items you may want in the game. However, there are some problems with the game. There ARE alcohol references in the game, which may influence some future alcohol involvements with young adults. The good thing is that it's a game where you can pass time or just to (spoiler) clear out the tunnel for faster transportation. Therefore, this game is perfect for children, but do beware of alcohol references.(I earned "Honey Wine" by a certain request/festival)
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