When it comes to light-hearted, adorable games that make us want to smile, the Harvest Moon
games top the list. The formula is relatively simple: grow and harvest crops, woo boy/girl, forge friendships, lather, rinse, repeat. Yet, if playing Harvest Moon
doesn't tug at your heartstrings even a tiny bit, you're probably the kind of person that eats babies for a living. Not that there's anything wrong with that (in fact, we have an excellent barbecue sauce recipe, if you're interested).
In case you need even more evidence that the Harvest Moon
series is full of feel-good games, the two upcoming entries for the DS are subtitled Cute
and Island of Happiness
. How much sweeter can you get without dying from an immediate sugar coma?
Borrowing a page from Lost in Blue
, Island of Happiness
kicks off with your character and a handful of friends stranded on a deserted island. As the game world changes and the number of buildings increases, more and more people start settling there. The game features 100 different NPCs, some of whom are bachelors (or bachelorettes, depending on whether you start the game as a girl or boy) that you can woo and marry. The game also features 3D graphics and utilizes stylus controls, thereby making full use of the handheld's capabilities.
We only wish more games could be as relaxing and refreshing as those in the Harvest Moon
series. As far as we're concerned, all games could use a good dose of Harvest Moon
in them. To prove our point, we've made a few suggestions of game mash-ups that we'd like to see happen.
1. Harvest Moon
in Super Seed
Is it just a coincidence that one of the heroes of Contra
is Lance Bean? If you ask us, this game is just begging for a Harvest Moon
2. Harvest Moon
meets Resident Evil
in Mansion of Magical Itchy ... Tasty
Did you ever stop to think that zombies need a little love, too? Did Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine ever take the time to invite the zombies to a festival, or try to gain some heart points with a platter of fried brains? Maybe impaling people is just the tyrant's way of indicating that he'd really like someone to bring him a kebab.
3. Harvest Moon
in Metroid Prime: Gatherers
Samus has done enough hunting. It's time for her to switch gears.
4. Harvest Moon
in Dawn of Happiness
needs to turn that frown upside down. Dawn of Sorrow
? No thanks,
5. Harvest Moon
in A Wonderful Ward
Ending up in a mysterious place without knowing why you're there isn't uncommon in the Harvest Moon
games. If one of these protagonists ended up in Redmoor Hospital, we're sure they'd spend their time planting crops and making friends with the locals