Parents' Guide to

Rune Factory 4 Special

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Farming and monster fighting combine for fantasy fun.

Game Nintendo Switch 2020
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When Rune Factory 4 was originally released in 2013, it quickly became a favorite for fans of both the Rune Factory and the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons franchises. Rune Factory 4 Special gives fans a chance to revisit the adventure on the Nintendo Switch, while also introducing the series' unique blend of life simulation and fantasy adventuring to a whole new audience. And even though the game can get a bit overwhelming at some points and repetitive at others, it still manages to feel both rewarding and relaxing.

The basic gameplay in Rune Factory 4 Special is relatively easy to learn. There are a few menus to navigate, but generally everything is laid out in a straightforward manner. Most of the game's difficulty comes in trying to multitask, managing the various side quests and villager requests while simultaneously tending to your farm and harvesting resources. But once you put in some time and find your groove, the game gets ridiculously hard to walk away from. After investing so much effort into building up your place within the community and the relationships that develop, you can't help but want to keep going. And while the stress of daily life in Selphia ebbs and flows much like it does in the real world, there's rarely a time you can't wait to see what adventures the next day has to offer.

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