Harvest Moon 64 (牧場物語2Bokujō Monogatari TSŪ, lit. Ranch Story 2) is a farming simulation game for the Nintendo 64. Harvest Moon 64 is the fourth game in the Harvest Moon series, following a game for SNES, the Game Boy, and the Game Boy Color respectively.

As the player goes through the game, they can see the town and its people are struggling with their own personal challenges. Many times, without the player's intervention, they will fail. Additionally, the townspeople slowly open up as the player talks to them and give them gifts, often reciprocating with their own presents. The characters are believed to be the descendants of characters from the first Harvest Moon game, and are reused in Harvest Moon: Back To Nature and Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (also Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town).

Harvest Moon 64 has a strong fanbase and it considered by many to be the best in the series. It was ranked 78th greatest Nintendo game of all time by Nintendo Power and Mars Publishing's Parent's Guide to Nintendo Games gave it the only Parent's Guide Choice Award for an N64 game.

Plot

The overall objective of the game revolves around inheriting the player (canonically named "Pete", but customizable by the player) recently deceased grandfather's farm. The player then has two and 1/4 years to get the farm up and running before their dad evaluates their progress. The evaluation is based on the villager's affections for the player, the way the player had been living (number of times they have been sick and time spent "relaxing"), and how well developed the farm is.

The challenge in the game is that of time management; time accelerates faster in this game than most any other Harvest Moon title. Due to this fact, a perfect ending is rarely encountered.

Gameplay

  • Grow a variety of crops to ship for profit and to increase the farm's reputation.
  • Raise animals and livestock.
  • Forage for wild items, go mining and fishing.
  • Interact with and help other NPCs in the game.
  • Get married and start a family.

Tools

The tools the player starts out with at the beginning of the game: hoe, sickle, axe, hammer, and watering can.

Tools are reuseable items the player can carry which interact with the game world in different manners.

The five most basic tools are in the inventory from the start: an Axe, a Sickle, a Hammer, a Hoe, and a Watering Can. These base tools can be upgraded throughout the course of the game to make farming easier.

Additional tools may be given as gifts or bought throughout the game. For example, the fishing rod the first time the player talks to the fisherman, and the bell by Doug for buying their first cow or sheep. Rick also sells tools through the Tool Shop. Seeds to raise crops can be purchased at Flower Lillia's. 

Bachelorettes and Rivals

As in all Harvest Moon games, the player has the chance to woo and marry one of five eligible bachelorettes in the village and can have a child with the one they marry. They also have a rival that player can befriend to get them to marry the other girls. Marrying, having a child, and getting the other girls married to their rivals are all requirements for the perfect ending. Each bachelorette has their own likes and dislikes that player must learn in order to woo them.

See Also

Trivia

  • Pete's cap is green in the US box art and artworks, but is blue in the game.

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