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Harvest Moon

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Plot

The game starts with Jack (the default name for your character) taking care of his grandfather's farm. The player gets two and a half years to make the farm a blossoming success. At the end of the time period, his father evaluates his progress and the game will end, unless the player achieves the best ending.

Gameplay

The game has several different aspects including farming, husbandry, women wooing, and a few other things.

Farming

Farming takes place on Jack's farmland. There must be a section of farmland cleared in order to start any farming.
Jack removing a stump.
Jack removing a stump.
To remove weeds, simply pick them up and throw them or chop them with a sickle. To remove rocks, equip the hammerand bash the rock until it disappears (the small ones will only take one hit whereas the big ones will take longer). To remove stumps, equip the axe and hit the stump until it disappears. Destroying stumps will also add lumber to your supply. All tools can be found in the tool shed located just beneath the chicken coop.

A good amount of space to clear is enough for a three by three grid. Once cleared, take the hoe and plow the allotted area you wish your crops to go on. For everything but crops that continually grow like corn and tomatoes, three by three is ideal. For continuous crops, leave a space empty in either the center or a space touching the center. Once plowed,
Jack watering his crops.
Jack watering his crops.
grab a seed bag and stand right in the center of the plowed area and toss the seeds. Seeds can be bought in town. Once planted, grab the watering can and fill it with water (you fill it by standing by a pond of water and hitting the action button) and water each section with a seed on it. Watering must be done every day until the crop is ready to be harvested. Please note that watering is unnecessary if it's grass. Grass will keep growing on it's own throughout all seasons except winter.

To harvest crops, simply pick them up when ready to harvest and throw them in the shipping bin located next to the farm's exit. To harvest grass, use the sickle on the grass and it will be placed as fodder in the silo automatically.

To destroy crops, use the sickle on them. To destroy grass, use the hammer on the piece of grass you want to get rid of.

Husbandry

Husbandry can only take place once enough fodder has been stored and enough money gathered to buy either a chicken or a cow. Once those two prerequisites are met, it's time to let the animal abuse begin.

Taking care of chickens

Inside of the chicken coop.
Inside of the chicken coop.
Chickens are relatively easy to take care of. All that needs to be done is to feed them, keep them out of harms way, and take their eggs. To feed them, take fodder out from the doo-hickey on the left-hand side of the coop and toss it on top of the long row at the top of the screen. For each chicken possessed, only one piece of fodder needs to be placed. Once that is done, take any eggs laid by chickens and either place them in the shipper on the lower left-hand part of the coop or on the incubator on the lower right-hand part of the coop. Once placed in the incubator, the egg will take three days to hatch. Only one egg can be in the incubator at a time.

It's relatively simple to keep chickens out of harms way if they are kept cooped up. However, if they are kept outdoors on a continual basis, a number of things could happen. First of all, if they are not kept within the confines of a fence, they can be eaten without any sort of way to protect them otherwise. The other thing to worry about is the weather. If it rains, hurricanes, or snows while the chickens are outside, they can get ill and not produce eggs. With these risks, it's easy to question why people keep livestock outside, but the reason is simple: you don't have to worry about feeding them if they are outside. In other words, its saved fodder.

If you get tired of your chickens at any time, you can sell them for a profit. The same can be done for cows.

Taking care of cows

The side of the cow barn.
The side of the cow barn.
Cows are taken care of similarly to chickens with a few differences including brushing and milking. Cows are fed the same as chickens except their food is placed in front of their stalls. Cows can also eat outside with the same consequences as chickens, but with also the benefit of a mood boost for cows. Brushing and talking to cows also boosts their moods and can be done once daily. The better the mood of the cow, the better milk it can produce. Milk can only be taken from a cow when it is an adult. To milk, take the milker, milk it, and place it in the shipper. To produce more cows, give an adult cow a miracle potion and wait twenty-one days for a baby cow to be born. Only one cow can be pregnant at a time.

The brush and milker can be bought from the tool shop, while the miracle potion can be bought from the livestock dealer.

Women Wooing

Jack wooing Ann. Women love the sweet nothings of Japanese.
Jack wooing Ann. Women love the sweet nothings of Japanese.
Women wooing takes place in town and on the mountains. To woo women, simply talk to the woman of your choice everyday and give her an item that she likes. For example, Nina loves flowers, so give her flowers if you want her to be your gal. Do not give a woman more than one gift per day because anything after one item will have little to no effect on their affection for you.

The biggest women wooing times are during festivals, specifically the Flower, Harvest, and Star Night Festivals. For the Flower Festival, buy the woman of your choice perfume and dance with her. For the Harvest Festival, dance with the woman of your choice. For the Star Night Festival, go to the location where the woman of your choice will be that night.

Once women wooing has reached critical mass (you can tell by sneaking a peak at her diary) and you'd like to settle down, buy the blue feather of happiness from the peddler on Sunday and propose to the lady of your choice. Make sure you have the upgraded house or she won't move in.