Harvest Moon has had dozens of sequels, and successors since its release in 1997. Many good titles, and many bad titles have all been brought to the table bearing the Harvest Moon name. However, they’ve gotten a whole lot better over the years, showing folks what a true Harvest Moon title looks like, if not better. That in mind, we constructed a list of all of our favorite games like Harvest Moon. If you follow along below, you’ll see five of our favorites! Let’s dive right in.
Stardew Valley was released back in February 2016. Stardew Valley allows players to take command of a farm given to them by their old grandfather, seeking to get his grandchild out of the city, and into the country. When playing Stardew Valley, you are given all sorts of options for building, farming, and exploring. With yearly seasons, and frequent events to keep you busy, tied in with farming and other attributes, this title really brings in hundreds of options and hours to grind away for all sorts of interaction and enjoyment. With all the character development and storylines that occur as you progress through this game, you will find yourself hitting the end of each season far too quickly, and may decide to try out some of the other maps available. Or maybe you will invite a friend or two when you start a second playthrough, Stardew Valley let’s you do all these things.
Hay Day is a freemium mobile farming game developed and published by Supercell. Hay day brings farming simulation with online cooperative play to the game. With the massive farm that you will build, you will get increasingly large orders to fill, so asking friends for supplies could end up helping you fill one of these orders. While strictly a non-violence title, Hay Day does however feature a competitive feature called the derby. The derby allows you and your neighbourhood to join a challenge of set goals to be completed, if you complete them, you get a reward. The neighborhood also allows players to interact more closely with their farms, causing plenty cooperative play.
My Time At Portia brings major RPG elements into an innocent game about building. When traveling throughout the world laid before you, you are collecting a major amount of resources to be managed properly into building a large and wonderful home for your character. As you go about doing this however, there are plenty of other things to do, with lots of jobs, and quests to occupy your time. Slaying monsters, and delving through the many dungeons that you can find will take up much of your time. As you continue to hang out with the locals, a relationship system will increase your level with them, causing them to like you more and more. And with the wonderful design system for building, this game really comes out to shine when all parts show themselves together.
Worlds Dawn sets the character into a sleepy coastal village that requests him to bring it back to life. While farming may not be as much of a major element here then other titles, Worlds dawn does incorporate a peaceful storytelling that will attach any player to this small quiet town. While the game itself focuses on story and social interactions between the player and NPCs, there are plenty of exploration, mining, fishing, and other mini games that will play in to this calm title. With the option to date and eventually marry in this game as well, you can pretty much simulate an actual town life with this game.
Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale is a role-playing game in which the player takes charge of an item shop to pay off her Father’s debts. As you continue through the game however, the debt will continuously grow higher and higher, so you will have to manage your income carefully. As your shop grows and prospers, you will eventually set off with or have options go with an adventurer from the nearby guild. This adventurer will take you dungeon delving, where you’ll be able to find all sorts of loot and treasures to advance your shop.
As you can see, there are a ton of games that are similar to Harvest Moon. Most of these all have farming elements that each in their unique way keep things fun, addicting, and exciting. What’s your favorite game like Harvest Moon?