I don’t think there is a game series that has made me question my sexuality and gender as much as the Harvest Moon series. This reached a whole new pitch playing Harvest Moon: Animal Parade. Let me first say, that Animal Parade is probably the single most relaxing and inoffensive game I have ever played. This is as much a criticism as it is a compliment. On the one hand, it’s a good thing because it feels like a genuine return to roots, often reminding me of my favourite game of the series, Harvest Moon: Back to Nature. It feels smooth, calculated, lulling me into a sense of security and peace. On the other hand, everything is a bit too smooth; I keep having the perverse desire to ruffle a few feathers, even entertaining the idea of giving a failed soup to a neighbour – though, of course, I haven’t actually followed through! I am just sorely tempted. Continue reading
They say better late than never, and here’s the proof! We kick off this week’s episode with a brief chat about a new fandangled console known as the “Wii” – and how creepy it is to encounter the Miis of Owners Past. We then dissect one of the Wii’s cutest offerings at great length: Little King’s Story deserves every minute we spend cooing over its music, innovative gameplay and general weirdness.
The second half sees Black and White anger Maya, Earthbound titillate Adrian, and, finally, Harvest Moon: Magical Melody converting Adrian from derisive farming game critic to intrigued observer of virtual plant watering.
Episode 6: Little Molyneux’s Story
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