Bokujō Monogatari: Harvest Moon for Girl (牧場物語～ハーベストムーン～forガール, Bokujō Monogatari ~Hābesuto Mūn~ for Gāru, lit. Ranch Story ~Harvest Moon~ for Girl ) is a game for PlayStation.
It was only released in Japan until PlayStation Portable port of the game, Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl, was translated to English. The game is very similar to Harvest Moon: Back To Nature, except the player character in the game is Claire, who takes the place of Pete to try and save the farm.
Unlike other Bokujō Monogatari games at the time, this game is the first to implement 3D graphics, and the first to focus on a purely female perspective.
Boy Version & Girl Version Differences
- Festivals are changed to fit the female perspective (e.g. player is allowed to participate in the Goddess festivals).
- Courting the bachelors, instead of bachelorettes
- The game ends when married
- Storyline and the story of the main character changed
- House is remodel to fit a female look (blue to pink)
- Additional furniture, such as mirrors
- Beauty Stars feature is implemented
- Doug will be nice to you from the beginning of the game
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature and its female version, Bokujō Monogatori: Harvest Moon for Girl, are ported in PSP as one. It should be noted it is a direct port and not a remake, no additional feature is added, except for minor change in controls.
The game starts with the player washed up and unconscious, on the beach of Mineral Town. Suddenly, she has a flashback. In this flashback, she is on the side of a cruise ship staring at the sky and thinking about the her life's direction. She then meets a poet and ends up spending a lot of time with him as he teaches her a lot about living.
One day, a storm hits the ship, causing a shipwreck. Claire then drifts onto the beach of Mineral Town, where she is rescued by Zack and one mystery boy. Claire then wakes up in an abandoned farm and Mayor Thomas introduces himself to her. Because she has nowhere to go, Mayor Thomas allows Claire to live on the farm. Claire, who now has a bit of amnesia, remembers the words of the poet and finding a meaning in life. She then decides to raise the farm and hunts for the mystery boy.
The gameplay is exactly the same as Back to Nature. It is your goal to work the land and care for livestock. At first, you are given a hoe, a sickle, a hammer, and an axe in order to clear up and work the debris-cluttered land. Later on, you can upgrade your tools and obtain more in order to do more tasks.
Aside from farming, you are also expected to interact with the townsfolk and have a family. Talk to them, give them gifts they like (especially on their birthdays), and learn more about them with the myriad of events you can come across during the course of the game.
Harvest Moon: Back To Nature features over forty characters with whom the player can interact. Out of them, five young men are eligible marriage partners, while five young ladies will be your rivals for their affection.
In order to woo a boy, you must give him gifts that he likes. His heart level is represented by the heart underneath the portrait, which ranges from black to red.
As you get to know the boys more, one will see heart events. If the questions are answered correctly, he will come to like the character even more.
- Cliff - A young vagrant who recently found himself in Mineral Town. He usually stays in one place for a while until he runs out of money, and then heads to the next place. However, you can get him a job at the Winery, thus getting him to stay in town. He likes some spa-boiled eggs.
- Doctor - The serious young man running the Clinic. Doctor is very much absorbed with his work, though he tries to do his best for everyone in town. However, he often feels that not many people like him. Pastor Carter is one of his only friends. His favourite gifts are mushrooms, blue grass, and green grass.
- Rick - Interestingly enough, Rick is the only bachelor candidate who is native to Mineral Town. Along with his mother, he tends to the chickens at the Poultry Farm. He is an extremely high strung but hard-working young man who is faced with the responsibility of being the man of the house in his father's absence. Often, Rick conflicts with his younger sister, Popuri, though he tries his best to be a good older brother to her. He feels she should not be dating Kai. He loves egg and honey.
- Gray - As a former city dweller, Gray initially does not take to the idea of living in the "boondox". After meeting Mary, he looks at things a bit more optimistically, though he still struggles with his grandfather, the blacksmith Saibara. Gray is his grandfather's apprentice, though he complains that his grandfather never praises him for anything he does. He likes all the ores you can see at the mine except for junk ore.
- Kai - Kai knows how to charm the ladies, yet he always seems to rub men the wrong way. Every summer, he visits Mineral Town and runs a snack stand (The Seaside Lounge). For the rest of the year, Kai goes down south since he's not a fan of cold weather. He often quarrels with Rick, who in turn can't stand him. He appreciates flour.
Wooing a boy is not exactly easy. Every boy has another girl who's interested in them as well. If you don't marry any one of the boys, one of these girls will marry him instead.
- Ann - Ann works at the Inn along with her father. She has been quite the tomboy since her mother passed away. Once Cliff comes to town, she ends up doing her best to befriend him. She's sometimes overzealous to impress Cliff, who is her love interest.
- Elli - A nurse at the local clinic who has an upbeat and kind personality. A few years ago, her parents died, and she has been raising her little brother and caring for her grandmother ever since. Right from the start of the game, she has a crush on her boss, the Doctor.
- Karen - An aggressive girl that lives with her parents, Jeff and Sasha, behind the Supermarket. Her hobbies include dancing, singing, and hanging out at the bar and drinking. She will be your rival for Rick, her childhood friend.
- Mary - Runs the town library, even though it's rare that she gets visitors. Though Mary is shy and soft-spoken, she will open up to you with interesting things to say. She is your rival for Gray who regularly visits the library.
- Popuri - She's a childish yet perky girl. She often quarrels with her older brother Rick about her responsibilities at the Poultry Farm. She likes Kai who comes only during the summer.
After Claire gets married, she will leave Mineral Town with her husband. In this game, the bachelor proposes to you, instead of you proposing to the bachelor. The wedding date depends on which bachelor the player proposes to.
- If you propose to Rick, Cliff, or Doctor, you will get married one week later.
- If you propose to Kai, you will get married on Fall 1.
- If you propose to Gray, you will get married the next day.
- This is one of the few Bokujō Monogatari games to allow players to give more than 1 gift per day to increase the NPC's friend points and love points.
- Many characters are from Harvest Moon 64, however, Doctor, Pastor Carter and Won (not counting the Harvest Sprites) are the only unique characters
- The Red Mail Box located between the Super Market and Hospital serves no purpose and acts as a decoration. However, unlike other decoration in the game, the Red Mail Box can be interacted with the text "Where is this place?" It is unknown what its purpose is, but it is believed it was planned for an event.
- Zack's house is the only house that can't be entered.
- In the 3rd or 5th year, during the Tomato Festival, the player Pete, appears behind the tomato barrel. If Cliff leaves the town, he will participate with Manna & Duke. This happens in the Japanese version.
- Despite being a girl version of the game, Kano can take a picture of the player and her horse. The photo clearly shows the male protagonist from Back to Nature.
- This is Claire's game debut although her actual first appearance was in the Harvest Moon manga, which was released in 1998, by artist Igusa Matsuyama.