Video Game: Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life
and Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life
are two GameCube
games in the Harvest Moon
series by Marvelous Interactive, the latter being a gender-swapped
version of the former. An Updated Re-release
of the first game exists as a PS2
port, with an additional bachelorette and the ability to have a daughter, though this version has slightly worse graphics.
It's somewhat darker in tone than the rest of the series, themes of adultery, divorce and loneliness are approached quite seriously, though nothing "child-inappropriate" is explicitly referenced. It's also the first game to realistically imply your cows mating, though Takakura seems to try to hide this fact from you, which is odd considering your character's old enough to have their own
Each game has three eligible marriage candidates, except for SE
, which has 4. A marriage candidate must be chosen by the end of year one, or the game will end
, though the marriage candidate with the highest affection will propose to you at the end of the year if you didn't get around to doing it. Each season is 10 days long, and most crops can only be harvested in one season.
The game is something of a black sheep for the series
, as it's the first to subvert many of the series' ancient constants. Unlike every previous game, time does
pass inside buildings, characters age, marriage is a necessity to continue playing, there are no festivals, none of the previous characters made appearances, and the main character doesn't wear a hat