First Impressions: Harvest Moon: Animal Parade!

Like I first mentioned awhile back, one game that I’ve had for a long time but never played is Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Wii. I’ve always thought the game looked adorable (and I love Harvest Moon!) but I just never got around to playing it! Doing the Four in February challenge finally made me start playing it… and I’m glad I did!

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The game starts out with you riding on the back of some random dude’s cart off to your new farm. It looked suspicious to me, but my character didn’t seem to mind.

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Upon arriving at my new farm, my teeny little friend Finn (who constantly buzzes around my head) asked what the name of the place was. When I saw what was automatically written in for me, I laughed out loud!

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Misty just happens to be my cat’s name! Of course, I kept it. So now I live on Misty Farm, haha! Anyway, I took some time to wander around my property, and it’s really cute!

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Why the hell do I have to purchase something that’s already on my land though?! Talk about lame!

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Anyway, I met the mayor of the nearby Harmonica Town, who told me to go meet everyone.

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Never mind meeting the people- first I ran around and approached every animal I could find! πŸ™‚

I then talked to the townsfolk. Most were pretty nice, but on the whole, everyone seemed… depressed.

Why isn’t anything working right around here? After meeting everyone, my next goal was to talk to the Harvest Goddess. First, I had to feed this lame ass guy who couldn’t go get his own food. He needed to fix the bridge, but couldn’t do it on an empty stomach.

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I had to go to Flute Fields (another nearby community) to buy him what he needed.

Once he ate and fixed the bridge, the Garmon Mines area was opened to me. I met everyone in town. They, like folks in Harmonica Town and Flute Fields, seemed depressed as well.

I then made my way to the Goddess Spring, where I was stopped by some pissed off animals!

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Apparently I needed and “animal whistle” to be able to communicate with them. It was a bit of a wild goose chase to acquire one, but I finally got it. I befriended the animals guarding the Goddess Spring, then walked down the path that led me to the Harvest Goddess!

She explained to me that the elements of earth have all lost their strength and vitality, which is why everything sucks everywhere. She asked the Harvest Sprites to ring their bells, but they were too weak. So now it’s MY job to find the sprites and ring the bells. Uh, aren’t you the Harvest Goddess?! Why can’t YOU do it?!

Conclusion:

I love this game so far! There is a lot of stuff to do, but you never feel rushed! I love all of the characters and the animals are adorable too! I’ve already completed several tasks and I’ve found one bell and restored its power (I just have to ring it!).

If I have one small complaint about the game, it’s the fact that your stamina dips way too quickly. Just taking care of my crops in the morning depletes my stamina way more than it should, and raising it back up requires buying food (that is way too expensive) or eating a stupid mushroom that barely does anything for you. Despite this, I am having a great time with this game! It’s quite a long game, but I hope I can beat it within a reasonable time frame! πŸ™‚

18 thoughts on “First Impressions: Harvest Moon: Animal Parade!

  1. I played many Harvest Moon games, but not this one. Looks very cute though, I like the graphics. Good game journal too. The guy had a lot of nerve to ask you to feed him!

  2. I’m so glad you wrote about this! I’ve never played this one but have always been curious about it. Misty Farm is an excellent name! I used to name my horses that in Harvest Moon games, because of Pokemon, haha. The game looks really cute! I have to agree that it’s silly we need to buy stuff on our own land. Lame! πŸ˜›

    1. I’m having a great time with this game so far! It’s really fun and I love how there are so many things to do. That’s funny that you used to name your horses Misty because of PokΓ©mon! πŸ™‚ Haha, I hate that I have to buy stuff on my own land! I understand having to buy building upgrades, but when I have an empty field that I can obviously farm on but can’t use until I “buy” it, it’s annoying! haha!! πŸ™‚

  3. For some strange reason, WordPress had unfollowed you. I was wondering why I didn’t see any new posts from you lately, lol. I’ve never played a Harvest Moon game yet but you definitely make them seem fun πŸ™‚

    1. Oh wow, that’s weird! I actually did see that you weren’t following me anymore and I thought I said something to offend you, I was bummed! Haha! Seriously, WordPress has been acting up lately. It actually unfollowed someone I had been following for awhile and I had to re-follow her like 4 times! Also it’s not showing me new comments… who knows what’s going on! Glad you are following me again though! πŸ™‚

      Aww yeah Harvest Moon games are a lot of fun! The only “gripe” I have with them is that they seem to be REALLY long. At the beginning of the game, this isn’t a problem at all because there is so much to do, but towards the end of the game it does drag a little. Hopefully that won’t be the case with Animal Parade!

      1. Oh no! I was horrified when I noticed, haha. For the record, I think you’re an awesome blogger and I would never even think about unfollowing you. πŸ™‚ WordPress is really glitchy sometimes…

  4. Make sure you talk to all the villagers and see what they have to say!! They drop many hints!! Honestly, it takes a LONG TIME to get thru this game and at first might feel too slow for you!! But try to be patient with it all! It’s totally worth it, in my opinion! I do know that your stamina runs out way too quickly and it gets frustrating and annoying, but I promise you will want to stick with it because later you will just WANT TO save the town and make the villagers happy again! As you find the 5 magical bells, you will feel like you MUST progress so that you can ring them! You will explore the island and complete tasks that the villagers ask of you and new villagers will arrive and unlock new areas… Every time you ring a colored bell, a harvest sprite will go to the Goddess Spring place. When you unlock Fugue Forest, an ax will be available to you and every time you unlock a new area, you will need to use your ax and hammer to unblock the paths. You can gain access to different places when you find and ring the colored bells! Each bell and Harvest Sprite is based on an element… Yellow means soil, Red means fire, Green means wind, Blue means water, and Purple means heart. Ask Fin for help or visit the Goddess! Or ask me and I will help if you want!! ha ha ha… πŸ™‚

    1. Aww thanks for all the tips! That is super helpful, I appreciate it! The game doesn’t feel slow to me at all, I like the pace of it right now because I’m still learning everything. I actually found the yellow bell and just need to ring it! It’s interesting to see what all the villagers have to say and you’re right, they do give pretty decent hints! When I play games I tend to talk to everyone and make friends with everyone anyway lol!! Do you ever gain more stamina?? That’s the only thing that really bugs me about this game, it just runs out too fast!

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