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Innocent Life: Harvest Moon VS the Volcano?

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Innocent Life is the first Harvest Moon game I've even beaten, I've had a bit of bad luck with the series from the beginning, when I rented the SNES game and when I went back to buy it, it was gone....
My Harvest Moon 2 cart's batteries died with my save file and the latest DS version is so glitchy it deleted my file...

If you don't know the Harvest Moon series, it's basically a farming game, where you must try your best to make the best farm possible, and get married and have kids too! :3

Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon is different, setting it in the future changes the game a LOT! For starters you're a robot, a robot that wants to become human, like a futuristic Pinocchio. Since you're a bot, you can't get married and have kids, which doesn't matter since you're a little boy bot and there is only on girl your "age" anyway...

Taking out the marriage part of the game takes a part of the heart of the series, but it doesn't stop here. You see, you live in a temple where almost everything is sealed by a spell, even the field where you must plant crops! How do you break the spell? By exploring and finding magical jewels, find four of the same color and put them around a field to unlock the field and well everything in the game!

This make the game more like Lost in Blue or Survival Kids than Harvest Moon, since it's mostly about exploration... The farming part is dumbed down, and almost not needed for most of the game!

You basically have to visit your creator each Sunday for a checkup, and this is when important events will take place that move the story line forward up until the end...

You'll soon find out that it's your mission to save the island from a volcano eruption, instead of becoming the best farmer ever, and you barely have to farm at all unless someone requests a certain crop...

Most of the tools are almost useless too, the hammer and ax will help you get wood and stone, but you don't have to build anything, so you don't really need them, unless you want to clear them from a field.

Cooking is different and useless now too, as a robot you don't need to eat and you don't even need to grow or pay for the ingredients for some reason... and you don't really get to choose what you cook.

Like I said farming has taken second place and it's all about exploring...
It's fun, but not a good Harvest Moon game... The game ends in one or two years, but I doubt you'll need the second year...

The story and game is actually nice, just don't expect much of farming in the game, you can farm till you drop, but what's the point? There isn't much to buy, or much to do!

I nearly forgot about the most important part! The "farming in the future" part, which is what I guess breaks the farming concept...

You get a robot helps who can clean and water the crops, you have robot animals that take care of feeding and shipping of the livestock, all you have to do is pat them... if you want... I stopped patting them and they were still happy for days... until I sold them...

You also get a buggy, which is good since the island is HUGE! I told it was about exploration, didn't I? :P

I know there is Rune Factory on the DS, which is a Fantasy Harvest Moon and I've heard it's much moon Harvest Moony than this game!

To sum it up, it's a decent game, but it won't quelch your Harvest Moon needs...
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