The Tale of Two towns is the sixth Harvest Moon game title released in Nintendo DS franchise and the first one to be released...
The Tale of Two towns is the sixth Harvest Moon game title released in Nintendo DS franchise and the first one to be released on the 3DS system. The main plot of the game is attempting to bring back the love between two towns that have fallen out which eventually led the Harvest goddess to close the tunnel which links the two towns directly.
Starting the game, you are given a choice to choose which town you will reside in. A derivative of this decision does not pose much significant change in the way the main contents of the game are played apart from if you choose Bluebell – you will be focusing on raising livestock such as your chickens, sheep and cows, while in Konohana – you will primarily be focusing on growing your crops and trees. Later on the second season of the game around Summer you will be given a chance by the mayor to transfer farms so you can experience a different farming life. I had decided to choose Bluebell personally mainly because money is easier to acquire I believe through the constant produce your livestock give you everyday. However, you will soon find out that the main source of your income is your extensive repetitive trip around the mountains to forage seasonal items, catching insects and fishing.
I had originally played this game on Nintendo DS and as a loyal subscriber of the Harvest Moon franchise I was inclined to give this game a go. Having this same game in the 3DS system as well, the only main differences between the DS vs. 3DS systems are the 3D features on top of the screen, transferring data through other players using Street pass which allows you to play this farming game where you exchange crops you have grown in the Harvest Goddess pond and a petting game has also been added. Other than this, the features of the game are pretty much the same.
Unlike previous Harvest Moon games, the game has significant focus on greater reconciliation tasks between the two towns. The focus on farming has somewhat been much less garnering of the players attention compared to other Harvest Moon games for instance, there is a bill board in the two towns which allows you to find out how you can help the villagers and thus increase your relationship not only to the characters but to the villages as well. The player in the end is kind of put in a battle of which town they should pick, I sure did prove that testament when I played the game finding myself favoring Bluebell over Konohana.
As you discover your daily routine in your farming life, I am sure that players could relate to the general chores and tasks I perform on a day to day basis. Wake up in the morning, put your dog and cat outside of your house unless its raining, tend to your chickens, cows and sheep, take your horse along with its cart, water your crops, and then start foraging in the mountains to catch insects, fishes and seasonal yields. This would mainly be your routine once you start the game and you will find that its repetition will soon wane you out. Personally, this game has not given me a lasting appeal that would make me want to play it for a longer time or another time although in its own merit Tale of Two Towns is definitely not the worst games in the franchise.
Overall, I am giving Harvest Moon: Tales of Two Towns a 6/10.