Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town is a video game for the Game Boy Advance, developed and published by Marvelous Interactive. It was first released in Japan in April 2003
As a boy, you visited an older man’s farm and have communicated via letters ever since. When the letters stop coming, you return to the town to find the older man who has passed away and left you his farm! You also remember a girl you made friends with as a child, and you suspect it may be one of 5 bachelorettes in the town. Okay, so it’s pretty much like every other Harvest Moon ever, but there’s not very much room (or need) for change in a series like this. RPG is misleading, as this isn’t so much a game about living a set story, but instead making your own.
When you start the game, you will probably only leave your farm to buy seeds. And then go back and begin cleaning up your farm field and getting used to the at-first-complicated controls. The first in-game year can bring pretty hectic. But you will be an unstoppable money-making machine once you get into the flow as long as you plan.
The game doesn’t just focus on farming. You can court one of 6 girls. A part of marriage is new for the HM series: You can also marry the Harvest Goddess. However, she has many more requirements. Once you find a girl for you, you have to find out what she likes and bring her gifts to make her fall in love with you.
HM has always been a series that needed many buttons to survive. Thus, it even works on the small screen is a miracle in itself. To do certain things, you need to perform a combination of buttons. This could provide a learning curve that becomes second nature after a while. The courtship system returns and makes its triumphant debut on a handheld. Farming is as good as ever. And the new option to save whenever you want makes life a whole lot easier. There is a gripe though, the days were shortened to compensate for a handheld, and in doing so, making it harder to squeeze all your chores into one day.