Harvest Moon 3 GBC is a farm simulation video game for the Game Boy Color developed and published by Victor Interactive Software, part of the long-running Story of Seasons series of video games
How much you will enjoy the game depends on your patience and gaming preference. If you only play-action titles with instant results, then consider a different title. HM3 requires the right amount of patience and repetition, much like the Monster Rancher series. Despite this, the game still gives the gamer a degree of challenge and accomplishment when you finally breed your first calf or make a massive profit from one season’s work.
Some say that it’s the little things that make a game what it is, which holds for this title. For example, you can play as a boy or a girl at the beginning of the game, which contains different challenges and tasks. As the boy, you can level up your tools as you use them more and finish jobs more efficiently, such as breaking rocks or chopping wood. The girl can tend to the animals or work on the field, creating flexibility for your schedule. Either way, you must take care of the livestock and farm every day (game time, that is) to succeed in the game, which requires remember what you need to do and schedule your time effectively.
Compared to other GBC titles, HM3 has excellent graphics and animations. Characters, buildings, livestock, and even your plants have surprising detail (although they’re not realistic) that pop out as you play the game. There is a different animation for every tool and every tool’s strength level, explained later. Every plant looks like what it’s supposed to, a rarity sometimes on handheld consoles. Colors vary by season and add a nice change of scenery to the game.