Games Like Harvest Moon

games like harvest moon
The inspiration for Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon is the first game to come to mind when players think of farm simulators. With your father absent, the player has to take charge of a farm fallen into disrepair. Balancing their time between foraging, fishing, farming, and raising livestock, the player faces numerous challenges.

The players begin with basic tools but can buy more. Income is made by selling items such as crops or whatever they’ve gathered. The player can also buy animals and attend festivals. Players have the option to court townspeople and can take a spouse. The game features the four seasons and randomly occurring natural disasters can also happen.

A classic of the farm simulation genre, everyone needs to play Harvest Moon at least once. For those of you looking for more games like Harvest Moon, feel free to browse below.

9 Best Games Like Harvest Moon

Rune Factory 4
In the aftermath of a battle, take charge of the town of Selphia and gain the trust of its people. Manage the running of the town with dungeon exploring and combat. Craft equipment, woo lovers to marriage, use Orders to rule your town. Arm allies to explore with you and defeat the mysterious force at work in the dungeons.

Rune Factory 4

Rune Factory 4 preview

In the aftermath of a battle, take charge of the town of Selphia and gain the trust of its people. Manage the running of the town with dungeon exploring and combat. Craft equipment, woo lovers to marriage, use Orders to rule your town.

About the game:
Released: 19 Jul, 2012
Genre: RPG, Simulation
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Neverland Co.
Publisher: Marvelous AQL
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: 78

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 59 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 98 Hours
  • Completionist 196 Hours
  • All Styles 83 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Adventure, Anime, Character Customization, Crafting, Dungeons, Exploration, RPG, Simulation, Singleplayer

 

Stardew Valley
Games like Stardew Valley are challenging but fun simulation games that focus on building and management. Conflict, if it exists, is primarily against the environment or nature. The struggle is more about survival.

Inspired by the Harvest Moon series, the player created character inherits a plot of land and house once owned by their grandfather in the small settlement of Pelican Town. The farm is overgrown and the player must work to clear it, tend to livestock, and grow crops, to generate revenue and expand the farm.

In addition to the normal farming routine, players can also fish, cook, craft items, explore mines and caves, and battle the creatures inside them. Quests allow them to earn rewards such as money, seeds, and tools. They can also interact with fellow inhabitants of Pelican Town and even marry a local. All of the above activities must be carefully balanced against the player’s health and exhaustion level as well as the game’s own internal clock.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley preview

Upon your grandfather’s passing, he left you the deed to a plot of land with a farm in a small remote town. You do not intend to use the deed, but as the nine to five drudgery of everyday life in the city begins to get to you, you board a bus and head out to start your new life in Stardew Valley.

About the game:
Released: 26 Feb, 2016
Genre: Indie, RPG, Simulation
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, MacOS, Linux
Developer: ConcernedApe
Publisher: Chucklefish
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista or greater
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM, Shader Model 3.0+
  • Storage: 500 MB

Metacritic Rating: 89

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 51 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 80 Hours
  • Completionist 145 Hours
  • All Styles 73 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 2D, Agriculture, Atmospheric, Building, Casual, Crafting, Fishing, Indie, Multiplayer, Open World, Pixel Graphics, RPG, Relaxing, Retro, Sandbox, Simulation, Singleplayer

 

World’s Dawn
Restore life to the sleepy village of Sugar Blossom. Build friendships and find love amongst a quirky and endearing cast of 32 villagers, each with their own individual personalities and dialogue. Tend to livestock, plant and harvest crops, compete in festivals, mine, fish, discover magical secrets and much more!

World’s Dawn

World’s Dawn preview

Restore life to the sleepy village of Sugar Blossom. Build friendships and find love amongst a quirky and endearing cast of 32 villagers, each with their own individual personalities and dialogue. Tend to livestock, plant and harvest crops, compete in festivals, mine, fish, discover magical secrets and much more!

About the game:
Released: 25 Jan, 2016
Genre: Casual, Indie, RPG, Simulation
Platforms: PC
Developer: Wayward Prophet
Publisher: Wayward Prophet
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz equivalent
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Runs at 544×416
  • Storage: 90 MB

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 32 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra / Hours
  • Completionist 51 Hours
  • All Styles 40 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Agriculture, Anime, Casual, Dating Sim, Female Protagonist, Indie, RPG, Romance, Simulation, Singleplayer

 

Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Take charge as the mayor of a small town populated with anthropomorphic animals. Using Ordinances and Public Works Projects, collect funds to construct new objects and facilities for your citizens. You can choose to mold the town however you wish by passing laws. In between, explore your home, build a house, play games, and socialize! Another classic in the popular Animal Crossing series.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf preview

Take charge as the mayor of a small town populated with anthropomorphic animals. Using Ordinances and Public Works Projects, collect funds to construct new objects and facilities for your citizens. Pass laws to mold the town as you wish. In between, explore your home, build a house, play games, and socialize!

About the game:
Released: 8 Nov, 2012
Genre: Simulation
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: 88

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 90 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 182 Hours
  • Completionist 390 Hours
  • All Styles 158 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Adventure, Cartoon, Character Customization, Economy, Exploration, Multiplayer, Simulation, Singleplayer

 

Shepherd’s Crossing 2
At first glance, Shepherd’s Crossing 2 seems like a simple farming simulation but it boasts surprisingly complex gameplay. The player lives in a small town and must tackle the challenges of raising livestock, harvesting crops, and building a farm. Cooperation with fellow villagers is essential. The player chooses how they wish to proceed in this sandbox simulator.

Shepherd’s Crossing 2

Shepherd’s Crossing 2 preview

Raise livestock, harvest crops, and build a farm as the inhabitant of a small town. Cooperation and communication with the community is essential to success. Lay out your fields, herd your animals, even court, date, and marry your love in the town!

About the game:
Released: 14 Apr, 2010
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: Nintendo DS
Developer: Graffiti Entertainment
Publisher: Graffiti Entertainment
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?

Tags: Building, Economy, Farming, Resource Management, Simulation, Strategy

 

Farm for your Life
Farm for your Life is a farm simulation game with a twist. Set in the aftermath of an apocalyptic storm, you must rebuild your community and fend off zombie attacks. Combine the challenges of time management with tower defense and farming in this unique game.

Players can customise their farm as they wish but must also build defenses. Use your crops to supply your restaurant and feed those in your community. The game takes inspiration from such classics as Harvest Moon and Plants vs Zombies.

Farm for your Life

Farm for your Life preview

You and other survivors must rebuild your community after a catastrophic storm unleashes the living dead. Plant and cultivate your crops, manage a restaurant to feed your workers, and fend off the relentless predation of the undead in a fight for survival.

About the game:
Released: 5 Jun, 2013
Genre: Casual, Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: Hammer Labs
Publisher: Hammer Labs
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP or later
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 supported
  • Storage: 300 MB

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 8 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 8 Hours
  • Completionist 21 Hours
  • All Styles 10 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Agriculture, Casual, Indie, Simulation, Strategy, Tower Defense, Zombies

 

Fantasy Life
Investigate the mysterious events following the fall of Doomstones across the once peaceful world of Reveria. Fight monsters and explore the world. Choose from one of twelve Life classes, with the option to swap between them as you need, the game encourages diversity of skill. Unlock bonuses and new skills as you fulfill the king’s request to investigate the strange occurrences across the land.

Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life preview

Investigate the mysterious events following the fall of Doomstones across the once peaceful world of Reveria. Fight monsters and explore the world. Choose from one of twelve Life classes, with the option to swap between them as you need. Unlock bonuses and new skills.

About the game:
Released: 27 Dec, 2012
Genre: RPG, Simulation
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Level-5
Publisher: Nintendo
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: 73

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 31 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 63 Hours
  • Completionist 139 Hours
  • All Styles 56 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Adventure, Exploration, Fantasy, Multiplayer, RPG, Simulation, Virtual World

 

River King: Mystic Valley
Your sister is caught in an unending slumber and only a potion made from a scale of the River King will awaken her. Quest to save her in this interactive fishing game where skill is more important than strength.

Easier than previous titles in the series, Mystic Valley still offers entertaining gameplay. Players gain points by catching and selling fish. These can be used to purchase new bait, rods, food, and special items.

Players can also tame three unique monsters, each with a special ability. Feeding them with fish grows them through distinct phases. The final form rewards the player, the kitsune will heal the player, the tanuki will break rocks blocking passageways, and the raven can fly the player to inaccessible points.

The story is a smooth and self-contained one that sees the player venture through eight distinct zones, competing against another brother and sister to catch the River King. The side stories interlink with the main tale to create an engaging story.

River King: Mystic Valley

River King: Mystic Valley preview

As a young fisherman, seek the power of the legendary fish known as the River King in this hybrid roleplaying fishing game. Venture through eight different regions of the forest in your hunt as you seek to save your sister from a never-ending sleep. Battle over 100 species of fish in your quest to find the River King.

About the game:
Released: 29 Apr, 2008
Genre: Adventure, Fishing
Platforms: Nintendo DS
Developer: Marvelous Entertainment Inc.
Publisher: Rising Star Games
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: 54

How long to beat?

Tags: Adventure, Exploration, Fishing, Mystery, Nature, RPG, Sports, Story Rich

 

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
As the inheritor of an item shop, you must repay a debt owed by your father. Gain the stock by bartering in the markets in town or venture into the wilds and battle beasts to gain goods. Design your shop, price your stock, do whatever you must to gain the money and repay a vengeful fairy.

An inversion of the standard fantasy tale, you face the challenges of running an item shop. Dungeon crawl as an adventurer but always with an eye towards paying your debt. It caters to fans of accounting and hack and slash, there is more than one way to win. Recettear is more than just a shop management game.

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale preview

As the inheritor of an item shop, you must repay a debt owed by your father. Gain the stock by bartering in the markets in town or venture into the wilds and battle beasts to gain goods. Design your shop, price your stock, do whatever you must to gain the money and repay a vengeful fairy.

About the game:
Released: 10 Sep, 2010
Genre: Indie, RPG
Platforms: PC
Developer: EasyGameStation
Publisher: Carpe Fulgur LLC
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: Pentium 4 1.7ghz or Athlon XP 1700+ (or equivalent processor)
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM reccomended for Windows Vista and 7)
  • Graphics: 64 MB VRAM, Nvidia and ATI tested (Intel Intregrated Graphics below X4000 series not recommended)
  • Storage: 700 MB

Metacritic Rating: 82

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 14 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 26 Hours
  • Completionist 39 Hours
  • All Styles 17 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: 2D, Action, Adventure, Anime, Capitalism, Comedy, Cute, Dungeon Crawler, Fantasy, Female Protagonist, Hack and Slash, Indie, JRPG, RPG, Simulation, Singleplayer, Strategy

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *