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Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town Discussion (Nintendo Game Boy Advance) [game]
 
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I have a long history with Harvest Moon. I loved the first game, I really loved Harvest Moon 64...but then the GCN's A Wonderful Life let me down and it's never really recovered since then (although its hot cousin Rune Factory summoned me back to the farm). Friends of Mineral Town is a gem from that lost era of awesome Harvest Moon goodness, and from the couple of hours I already sunk into it (in a single play session), I can tell that this game has that addictive pull that the best of them have. So let's talk about it here!

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Posted: 06/12/15, 20:50:37  - Edited by 
 on: 06/12/15, 20:50:57
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I'm curious about this after having heard people say it's the best in the series. I've only ever played the SNES game so it should be interesting whenever I decide to give this a shot.
Posted: 06/12/15, 20:52:03
@VofEscaflowne

Top three for sure (excluding Rune Factory games). I enjoyed it a lot...farm, make friends, partake in festivals, marry a girl, etc. There are a couple of mines to explore too (okay, maybe just one...don't remember).
Posted: 06/12/15, 21:20:29
The praise this version gets makes me want to try it out. Personally I would give Back to Nature the title of best Harvest Moon.
Posted: 06/13/15, 00:36:18
This and Harvest Moon 64 were perfect 10s for me. They did what they aimed to do with impressive execution. I used to play this game like a maniac.
Posted: 06/13/15, 01:05:51
@Stephen
I'd like to try BtN because I hear good things about it, but isn't it pretty much a PS1 port of HM64?

DrFinkelstein said:
This and Harvest Moon 64 were perfect 10s for me. They did what they aimed to do with impressive execution. I used to play this game like a maniac.
This is music to my ears. HM64 is such a great game, and the series hasn't really been able to top it since, IMO.
Posted: 06/13/15, 01:23:09
@TriforceBun

Indeed it hasn't. I thought A Wonderful Life was pretty great but it still didn't top either 64 or FoMT.
Posted: 06/13/15, 02:21:25
This and 64 are my favorite of the franchise. Though they are in many ways the same-ish game. 64 is probably my favorite but FoTM is probably more accessible (by virtue of gameplay development and actually being on the VC).

Either way both games devoured a ton of my time when I first played them.
Posted: 06/13/15, 02:42:44  - Edited by 
 on: 06/13/15, 02:44:34
I used to play this game in Geology night class my first semester of college. It really friggin' helped.
Posted: 06/13/15, 06:32:54
@TriforceBun

Not really. It has the same art style but the town is totally different and there are a number of new characters or different roles for characters you recognize. It's almost like an Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask situation. If you can play it somehow I highly recommend it.
Posted: 06/13/15, 06:35:45
@Stephen
That's funny that you mention that, because playing FoMT today gave me that exact same comparison. The characters retain their similar personality traits, but their jobs/roles are all mixed around, and they even wander about at certain times of the day like in MM!

I do have a PS2 so I'd like to try BtN one of these days. But for now, FoMT is doing a good job scratching that itch. I really miss how they used to make these HM games...it just hasn't been the same since around the GCN era.
Posted: 06/13/15, 07:12:14
@TriforceBun

It's weird, I never was burned by the GCN games I just didn't play them. I think Animal Crossing shifted in to fill that role and now it is probably Minecraft.
Posted: 06/13/15, 09:27:41
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