Massively brings you complete coverage from the Warhammer Online beta!
GameDaily
Add to: My AOL, MyYahoo, Google, Bloglines
Joystiq presents

E308: DS Fanboy raises its spirits with Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness


To be honest, the last time I played a Harvest Moon game, it was on the GameCube. We're talking years ago, folks. But, like riding a bike, Harvest Moon is an experience that doesn't change much over time. Fans like it that way, I imagine. And, just as I expected, Island of Happiness featured a lot of the same things previous titles in the franchise offered.



The thing about Harvest Moon games is you either love them, or you hate them. Meticulous caring of crops and livestock either appeals to you, or you just see it as a chore in video game form. That's just how it is. Personally, for myself, it's more of the latter, but I can see the zen-like calm that can come from playing a game like this. Also, those with OCD or OCD-like tendencies can probably fine a lot of satisfaction in making their farm just so perfect.

Really, though, what is there to say about the game? It's Harvest Moon. You plant seeds, you tend to the crops that come from them, you get some livestock and make sure they're happy. Following that, you find yourself a mate, woo them and settle down. Nothing much has changed here, except the size of the town and your prospective mates.

In Island of Happiness, you can control the game in two different ways. There's the tried-and-true d-pad approach, where you control your little farmer with the DS's face buttons. And then, there's the stylus, which allows you to control the game primarily through that, tapping on contextual icons that signify in-game actions. Both felt like adequate control schemes to me.

To be honest, there isn't much else I can say. From the time I spent playing, the game felt like Harvest Moon. If you're curious about the franchise and don't know that much, pick up one of the previous titles on the GBA and you'll get an idea. Look for Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness later this summer.

Related Headlines

Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)

Add your comments

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.

To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.

We debate the hot topics!

Upcoming Releases

Name Date
Defendin de Penguin
Sep 5
Spore Creatures
Sep 7
Mystery Case Files: Millionheir
Sep 8
Viva Pinata
Sep 8
Lock's Quest
Sep 8
DQ IV
Sep 16
The Force Unleashed
Sep 16
My Japanese Coach
Sep 23
LEGO Batman
Sep 23
Kirby Superstar Ultra
Sep 23
Disgaea DS
Sep 23
Time Hollow
Sep 23
SimCity Creator
Sep 23
Sonic Chronicles
Sep 30
Princess Debut
Sep 30

Popular Posts

Title More like this
DSF Review: N+
Reviews
BTS: Drake and Josh Talent Show
BTS
Show N Tell: Dress the best
Show N Tell
G2G: Elite Beat Agents
Gaming to Go
DSL: Missed Connections
The DS Life
Features
Another Week in ... (50)
Bury the Shovelware (10)
Contests / Giveaways (15)
DS Daily (532)
DS Fanboy Lite (42)
DS Fanboy poll (41)
Friday video (70)
Game Night (152)
Gaming to Go (9)
Items of Import (6)
Metareview (56)
Point/Counterpoint (4)
Promotional Consideration (57)
Show and Tell (67)
The DS Life (62)
What are you playing? (90)
Bits
Accessories (144)
Downloads (67)
Fan stuff (1412)
Features (286)
GBA (128)
Hacks (82)
Homebrew (228)
How-tos (75)
Imports (922)
Interviews (154)
Meta (131)
Mods (16)
News (3259)
Nintendo Wi-Fi (185)
Reviews (189)
Sales (195)
Screens (978)
Video (720)
Rumors (190)

RESOURCES

RSS NEWSFEEDS

Powered by Blogsmith

Featured Galleries

Show and Tell: Dress from the best
Tony Hawk's Motion
Black Tiger DS
Jagged Alliance
Show and Tell: Subtlety
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Show and Tell: Wearables
Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades
Overlord Minions

 

Most Commented On (14 days)

Recent Comments

Weblogs, Inc. Network

  • Autos
    • Autoblog
    • AutoblogGreen
    • Autoblog Spanish
    • Autoblog Chinese
    • Autoblog Simplified Chinese
  • Technology
    • Download Squad
    • Engadget
    • Engadget HD
    • Engadget Mobile
    • Engadget Chinese
    • Engadget Simplified Chinese
    • Engadget Japanese
    • Engadget Germany
    • Engadget Korea
    • Engadget Polska
    • Engadget Spanish
    • Switched
    • TUAW (Apple)
  • Lifestyle
    • AisleDash
    • DIY Life
    • Gadling
    • Green Daily
    • Luxist
    • ParentDish
    • Slashfood
    • Styledash
    • That's Fit
  • Gaming
    • Joystiq
    • DS Fanboy
    • Massively
    • Nintendo Wii Fanboy
    • PS3 Fanboy
    • PSP Fanboy
    • WoW Insider
    • Xbox 360 Fanboy
    • Big Download
  • Entertainment
    • Cinematical
    • TV Squad
  • Finance
    • BloggingBuyouts
    • BloggingStocks
    • WalletPop
  • Sports
    • FanHouse Main
    • NFL
    • NBA
    • MLB
    • NCAA Football
    • NCAA Basketball
    • NASCAR
    • NHL
    • Golf
    • Fantasy Football
  • Also on AOL
    • African-American Culture
    • Cars
    • Games
    • Maps
    • Money
    • Movies
    • Music
    • News
    • Radio
    • Sports
    • Television
    • Travel

Other Weblogs Inc. Network blogs you might be interested in:

PS3 Fanboy
  • Blu-ray movie releases for the week of September 7th
  • Worldwide PS3 releases for the week of September 7th
  • PS3 Rock Band export service out this week, PAX pack fixed
WOW Insider
  • Spiritual Guidance: Shadow leveling in the Wrath beta
  • All the World's a Stage: So you want to be a dwarf
  • Addon Spotlight: TwoBox Toolkit
Xbox 360 Fanboy
  • Far Cry 2 and its map editor release Oct. 23rd
  • Deals: Free MS points with 360 purchase, $15 games and more
  • Free $60 Amazon gift card with Elite 360 purchase
Nintendo Wii Fanboy
  • Balancing it in Skate It video
  • Wii Warm Up: Here come the City Folk
  • Wii Warm Up: Tecmoei
PSP Fanboy
  • Worldwide PSP releases for the week of September 7
  • Typing on PSP alleviated by Xbox 360 chatpad mod
  • Ask PSP Fanboy: Volume 38
Big Download Blog
  • The best of Big Download: September 1-7
  • Warhammer Online open beta launches
  • Will Wright not upset by Spore review scores
Fanhouse Golf Blog
  • Vijay Singh Has No Time for You, NBC Sports
  • Breaking: Europeans Hate Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie Is Very Sad
  • Will Tiger Be Even Less Human When His Robot Knee Is Fully Operational?