It’s evident early on playing Harvest Life that the game has taken ideas from other games such as Stardew Valley and Fruit Ninja. Both amazing games so definately not a bad decision. However Harvest Life feels a grind and doesn’t have the same charm as either of those games. Wood cutting Fruit Ninja style is sluggish and not always responsive whilst lacking the same visual fidelity. Having logs flying around up and down the screen with the aim of slicing them doesn’t make any sense at all. To add an extra challenge you have to try to avoid slicing apples in the process. A failed copy of Fruit Ninja.
Upon starting out in Harvest Life the grandad explains a few things through a meander of dialogue pops up which the player will require reading as there’s no voice over. The problem is that once your left to your own devices it’s not evident how to do things. A daily task list is visible on the top left of the screen however the games gameplay is frustrating. Starting the electricity generator requires the precise pressing of green sectors. Everytime I’ve done it perfectly only to be denied and only have some of the green sections respond. When a game can’t even get something simple working it immediately raises suspicions about the rest of the game.
Harvest Life First Look Gameplay Video
Your tasked with managing the growing and collecting of crops whilst maintaining animals and collecting produce such as eggs and milk. A store is located on the farm to sell produce and items to villagers. Equipment can be acquired which includes a fishing rod and weapons. Early on there is mention of wolves nearby and a dog missing in the catacombs in a graveyard so there is a feeling that quests and combat will form part of the basis of Harvest Life much like Stardew Valley.
Unlike Stardew Valley I wasn’t immediately engaged with Harvest Life from the outset. The controls are clunky and gameplay appears a copy of other successful games but not to the same high standards. More time with the game may result in a more positive experience however at present I don’t feel an overwhelming desire to continue further progress but with the regular updates and fixes to the game I will keep an eye out and delve once more into Harvest Life. Considering the games price in excess of £10 it’s a no-brainer to purchase Stardew Valley instead. For those that have played Stardew Valley Harvest Life will feel a giant step backwards. Kids may find this more accessible as there’s less visible content to work through.
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