My thoughts on Harvest Moon: My Little Shop
As I’m a lover of anything Harvest Moon, I jumped on Harvest Moon: My Little Shop as soon as I found out about it, which was about…two years ago. I was excited–a made for WiiWare Harvest Moon, with what looked like adorable graphics (I’m a sucker for the cutesy chibi look) and the ability to get add ons? Count me in!
Once I actually had the game though, I was pretty disappointed – it plays in real time and there is only so much you can do each day, meaning there’s really only about 10 minutes of game play each day! And unlike the typical Harvest Moon this one doesn’t concentrate on growing your farm. The strategy of planting crops, earning money, upgrading your buildings and wooing spouses…allllll gone. Instead, My Little Shop is all about…mini games. Now, I don’t hate mini games, but I’m not really a mini game person. So I played the game once, then forgot about it.
Well, a few days ago I decided to try it again and started a new game. I generally have about 20 – 30 minutes in the evening when I veg out with a video game before dinner, and while I’m currently working on Harvest Moon SNES, I decided I needed a change of pace. Well, I was surprised that My Little Shop isn’t that bad after all, if you only have 10 minutes to play it each day. It actually fits into my schedule well. I’m still not real thrilled with all the mini game playing, but after playing it for a few days I’ve realized there is more character interaction and farm upgrading opportunities than I had previously thought which is nice. I’ll play the game for roughly 10 minutes than work on Harvest Moon SNES for the rest of my video game time (I’m in the second winter and there is NOTHING to do until spring).
Pros of the game (according to me)
-THE MUSIC. My favorite thing about the game is the wonderful old-school Harvest Moon music. Makes me happy every time I hear it :)
-The graphics. I love the cute, colorful look of the game. The flat-paper look was weird at first, kind of looks like a Harvest Moon version of Paper Mario. But it suites the game.
-The characters. Oodles and oodles of classic Harvest Moon characters as well as new ones; it’s cool seeing all the characters from the different games. Especially from the 64, Back to Nature, DS and Wonderful Life games.
Cons of the game (according to me)
-The mini games. They can be hard to master and boring pretty quick.
-The lack of farming options. I want to clear my fields and plan my harvests, instead you get a few little plots at the start of the game and you can’t harvest your crops – they just…sit there, and you water them every day. That’s it.
-The inability to marry. COME ON, why do you think so many women play Harvest Moon? We want to date and have a family!
-The lack of actual game play. Unless you want to play the mini games all day, there really isn’t much you can do. This can be good if you don’t have much time to play, but you won’t be having any all-day gaming marathons with this one.
Overall, as a major fan of the series I’m glad I didn’t miss this game. If you don’t expect it to be like a normal Harvest Moon game, you’ll enjoy it a lot more.