November 2nd, 2006, 01:38 Posted By: wraggster
Here’s a statement we love to make every few years: if you are deeply committed to virtual handheld gardening and farming then rejoice today! Word just in from Nintendo is that the wonderful Harvest Moon DS launches across Europe in the first months of 2007.
While SPOnG awaits the first screens on the game, you can check out these screens from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life from the GameCube version a couple of years ago.
Much like its GC father, Harvest Moon DS invites players to do as much or as little as they like to pass the time. Nintendo informs us that, “As well as working in fields and tending to their flocks, players can cultivate their own seed variants, hunt for hidden treasure or even fish in the river…The aim of Harvest Moon DS is to run a successful farm in Forget-Me-Not-Valley. To do this, players must plant seeds and harvest crops in the right season, as well as looking after animals like cows, chicken and sheep.”
Players get to interact with the animals in the game, petting and caring for them with the DS’s stylus: happier animals equal better quality milk, eggs and wool.
Darker forces are also at work, as the launch release continues, “The Witch Princess, upset by the Harvest Goddess, has used her magic to transport the Goddess and the Harvest Sprites to another world, where they have become trapped. The player must therefore work hard on the farm in order to release them. As the Sprites are freed, they can help on the player’s farm, watering crops and tending to the animals.”
The social aspect of the game is also an important feature. Players can build-up relationships with 25 characters in their town by chatting to them and giving presents. You can also marry one of the lusty local farm girls and raise a family, with the DS’s second screen allowing you to view sections of the town in real time, meaning you can keep track of the ‘girl of your dreams’, while working in the fields.
Let’s see what Jack Thompson and Keith Vaz have to say about this then shall we?
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