Meghan Bowyer

Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley: the roads not taken

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So I’m humming along on my little farm. I’ve procured three chickens and three cows, so I have eggs and milk earning money in addition to my crops. I’m finally able to hit the mines on my own, and a little hard-earned cash went toward a new fishing rod, so that’s another two sources of income. But even so, there are expenses. Seeds need to be purchased, tools need to be upgraded, and of course there are my near-daily gifts to Aurelia. Those gifts are non-negotiable. I gained a heart level with her just yesterday! And she’s always telling me how much she loves my vegetables. So the gifts continue!

But the 50,000 gold I need to pay off the villains and save the town seems a long way off. If only I didn’t have to do this by myself…

After the jump, it takes a village to save a village Continue reading →

Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley: take this job and shove it

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Hero of Leaf Valley takes an interesting approach to tutorials, and I’m of two minds about it. For farming and fishing, the controls are explained to you and you’re cut loose to try them out on your farm. But for other tasks — riding horses, mining for ore, cutting lumber, and cooking — you can do “part-time work” for your neighbors.

After the jump, how hard can it be to cut down trees? Continue reading →

Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley: girls, girls, girls

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Social interactions are as big a part of Harvest Moon games as taking care of your farm. Already in Leaf Valley, I’ve made friends who’ve taught me how to care for chickens and cows, mine, cut lumber, and fish — and in most cases, paid me for it. But you know, I don’t want to come home to an empty house forever. It’s time to pick my wife.

After the jump, meet the future Mrs. Whatever-My-Last-Name-Is Continue reading →