Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Farm sim is a bumper crop of repetition and frustration.

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Educational Value

Kids get a taste of farming life as they raise crops and livestock, and learn about how to raise crops, how different seasons can affect what crops can be raised. Taking care of livestock shows how to care for animals, where certain foods come from.

Positive Messages

Hard work and dedication can lead to rewarding result. Townsfolk are presented as kind and helpful, working with player to build strong, positive neighborhood. Focus on helping out others in need, taking an active role in the community.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players are part of a strong community of characters that work together, help one another. Players often help others with their needs and requests, but help is also given to player in return (in form of advice or gifts). Characters are generally helpful, friendly, kind.

Ease of Play

Game requires a lot of micromanagement, from tending to crops' needs and caring for livestock to buying and selling items, keeping fed and in good health, etc.

Violence

Generally a nonviolent experience, though players can occasionally whack gophers in the head with a hammer to clear them from fields.

Sex

A couple of lines of dialogue are slightly suggestive in nature.

Language
Consumerism

This is an expanded remake of two previously released Harvest Moon games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A winery is part of the community, where players can buy/make wine from the grapes they harvest. There's also a drinking contest event, which shows players passing out from drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a farm simulation role-playing game available for Nintendo Switch and Windows-based PCs. The game is an expanded remake of two previously released Harvest Moon titles on the Game Boy Advance. Players inherit a rundown farm from their grandfather and must work to restore it to a fully functional farm, complete with crops, livestock, etc. Characters work together as part of a community, offering help and friendship at every turn. The game can be complicated to learn, especially for younger players. There are also some scenes of alcohol use, as well as mildly suggestive lines of dialogue.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byYelloFlannel December 28, 2020

Not for everyone

Farming sims are definitely not everyones cup of tea, i personally prefer Harvest Moon FOMT for the GBA but the Switch remake has so many quality of life fixes... Continue reading

What's it about?

STORY OF SEASONS: FRIENDS OF MINERAL TOWN takes players away from the bustling city streets and in to the fresh air and open spaces of Mineral Town. It's been 20 years since your last visit to the rural farming community, which was a happy memory of a childhood vacation to visit your grandfather. After your grandfather's passing, you return to Mineral Town after discovering that he's left his farm and its legacy to you. It's going to take a lot of hard work and dedication to restore the rundown land back to being fully functional farmland. There's debris to clear, seeds to plant, livestock to care for, and chores to complete, all with only so many hours in the day. Thankfully, you don't have to go through this alone. You're a part of the Mineral Town community now, and this is a place where everyone comes together. It's a new life with new responsibilities and many new rewards. Who knows? You might even find love in this new life, laying the foundation for a family of your own.

Is it any good?

If there's one lesson to learn from the Story of Seasons games (as well as the Harvest Moon games before it), it's that farm life is a lot of hard work. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is no different, with a heavy focus on the daily grind of cultivating and maintaining your farm. The game is an irritatingly slow burn with limited options, especially in the beginning stages of the story. The biggest obstacle in these early moments is the player's stamina gauge. It's frustrating to wake up at the crack of dawn and attempt to clear out some debris to make usable land, only to be worn out and on the verge of collapse by lunchtime. Eventually, players are able to extend their workdays through careful planning and by restoring stamina with certain food and drink. But by and large, it's a long grind to feel like any real headway is getting made.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a remake of two earlier games previously released on Nintendo's Game Boy Advance system. As a result, it feels much smaller than expected, which is particularly ironic considering how long it takes to make much progress. Mineral Town, while populated with some interesting characters, is little more than a claustrophobic two or three city blocks and a town square. Interacting with characters means catching them at just the right time at home or stumbling into them on the sidewalks. After a while, the available options and stories of the characters open up a bit more, giving the player more to do to break up the monotony of the daily routine. Much like life on the farm, this is a game where the real rewards are harvested well after the seeds of repetition and exasperation have been sown.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about building a community. How can kids help to contribute to a strong community? What are some of the benefits to being a part of a positive community?

  • How do farms benefit us in our daily lives? What can games like the Story of Seasons series teach kids about the work and care required to run a farm?

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