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Harvest Town is a mobile Farm Life Sim developed by QY Games, and is currently in Beta. 

The player starts as an aging individual who have lived the past few decades of their life in a foreign city. Disillusioned by their current circumstances, the protagonist begins to reminisce about their hometown—the fresh smell of the grass, the delicious milk it provided...

Overcome by nostalgia, the disheartened protagonist regretted ever leaving their hometown, and wishes for a second chance in which they could have stayed back instead.

Their wish is granted, and the protagonist awakens to find themselves back in their hometown, as a youth once more. Excited, the player is determined to use this opportunity to rebuild their deteriorating farm and carve a better future in the town.


Tropes applicable to this game:

  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Lulu Lopez, Bill Hanks and Chris Trump live alone with their fathers, with no mention of their mothers.
  • The Alcoholic: Jim Ortiz is the town drunk who always seem to be nursing some hangover. According to his backstory, he's started drinking to drown his sorrows after his wife left him and dumped their child on him before disappearing.
  • Arranged Marriage: Ella Cole complains that her father had promised her hand in marriage to David Hanks's son, Bill, even though she likes someone else.
  • Art Evolution: The NPCs' character artwork has been changed between an update to look less stylized, with softer lines, less saturated colours, and more realistic proportions.
  • The Bartender: Andy Reed is the town's bar owner who knows how to brew just the right drink to make his patrons (especially Ella) happy.
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  • Big Brother Attraction: Gender-Inverted. Young Jerry Allen loves his big sister, Sherry, and tells the protagonist that she belongs to him.
  • Big Eater: According to his bio, Steve Lopez normally eats enough for three grown-ups. Incidentally, his favourite gifts are home-cooked meals, especially hot pot.
  • Birds of a Feather: Duke Evans and Jessie Morris get quite close to each other due to their similar careers in the performing arts. They meet up once a week to discuss music and dance for several hours long.
  • Bishōnen:
    • Duke Evans is a handsome musician who has won the hearts of many women due to his beautiful music and charming smile. This is especially apparent in the newer character artwork, which makes him look decidedly less rugged and more slender and conventionally pretty.
    • Lee Yau is the resident Hospital Hottie who is proud of his good looks. In particular, his earlier character artwork looks more like a boy-band idol rather than a medic. The redesign gives him sharper features that gives him a less glamorous appearance that is more befitting of a doctor, but nevertheless remains quite attractive.
    • Even though he's not explicitly described as good-looking in the game, Chris Trump is drawn in a similar manner to Lee Yau. He's also one of the marriageable options in the game, so his being attractive is pretty much a given.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The game has only recently been translated into English, and the result is amateurish, at best. Expect to find many examples of inconsistent tenses, shoddy grammar, poor word choices and odd sentence flows. At worst, cutscene dialogues are completely untranslated from its original Chinese or missing in texts.
  • Cool Big Sis: Sherry Allen is a headstrong and independent young woman whom the kids—especially her kid brother and Peach—love and admire very much. Sherry serves as a Parental Substitute for Jerry (because their parents can't be bothered to raise children), and teaches Peach how to earn money to buy gifts for her grandpa.
  • Dumb Muscle: Bill Hanks is a huge, muscular guy, but is noted to have a low IQ.
  • Expy: Although their character designs look nothing alike, Ella and Elly Cole's backstories are definitely based on Akane and Kasumi Tendo from Ranma ½. They are sisters who have a Tomboy and Girly Girl dynamic, the older being a gentle and motherly Yamato Nadeshiko, while the younger is a fierce and unladylike martial artist. The younger once tried growing out her hair after her sister mentioned that her crush might not like tomboys, but now wears her hair short after an accidental haircut. Regardless of how the younger sister fixes her hair, though, her love remains unrequited because her crush is actually in love her older sister (and turns into a blubbering idiot in her presence), though the latter remains oblivious to his attraction.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Yes, the game does have a story beyond just an Excuse Plot, and it doesn't always align with what the player experience while playing.
    • One glaring example is the Relationship Values system. Although the opportunity to befriend and romance villagers of the player's own choosing is one of the main appeal of the genre, the incongruity of this system is made more obvious by the fact that the player character is a native who grew up in the titular Harvest Town (instead of being a City Mouse newcomer, like most Farm Life Sim protagonist), and it doesn't make sense that the people whom they grew up with (e.g. their uncle Steve, their childhood friend Peach and her grandfather John) is equally close to them as the people who had only recently moved to town (e.g. the Trumps).
    • There's also the van orders, where the player get extra money and prosperity points for completing specific requests from the town's shops that wouldn't reasonably need the items they order. Like, why would you get orders from the bus stop and/or fairy temple, when there's no one there? And why would any of the other villagers need things like sprinklers and scarecrows when they clearly don't do any farming or gardening?
  • Impoverished Patrician: The Allens used to be an influential family, but is currently at the brink of bankruptcy.
  • Informed Attribute: Many descriptions of the NPC's personalities and relationships are only described in their in-game bio, but not really apparent in the characters' dialogues and events, likely thanks to Gameplay and Story Segregation.
    • Andy Reed apparently transforms into a bumbling fool whenever he's with Elly Cole, and should not be asked to make wine in such moments due to the potential danger it would bring. However, the player can still interact with and make wine purchases from him as normal, even when he's serving Elly at the bar.
    • For someone who is supposed to be a popular playboy, Duke Evans is functionally a loner. He is almost never seen interacting with anyone—not even his best friend Andy—and no one really talks about him in a manner that would reflect his popularity.
    • Fay is said to spend a lot of time at the beach where she would spend time with her mermaid friend. However, she is never actually seen at the beach.
    • Peter Allen's bio mentions that his daughter Sherry helps to manage their family's horse farm, and her involvement in the business is the only reason why it manages to stay afloat. However, Sherry actually runs her own salon, and only returns to the farm well after its business hours.
  • Family Theme Naming: Siblings in this setting tend to have similar names, e.g.: Ella and Elly Cole, Fay and May, Lee Yau and Lee Yeung, and Sherry and Jerry Allen.
  • God in Human Form: Foxy, despite being a centuries-old fox spirit, works as an unassuming shopkeeper in town, and can be interacted with the same way as any other human characters. At one point, she even catches a cold, and has to get medicine from the doctor, and gets some plain ol' cough medication.
  • Good Morning, Crono: The game opens with the player asleep under the tree and being awakened by Peach, the fisherman's granddaughter, who scolds the protagonist for trying to abandon the farm after leaving it in shambles. The protagonist quickly reassures her and her grandfather that they are staying in town, after all.
  • Happily Married: Gary Cruz and Elaine Terry seems to have a very affectionate relationship, unlike most other families in the town. Whenever the player gives Gary something he likes, he always wants to share them with Elaine, and it's rather telling that one of the recipes the player can get from Elaine is the Bread and Jam, Gary's favourite.
  • Jerkass: Both the Lee brothers are very rude/unpleasant jerks, and most of their dialogues boils down to them telling the player to go away. Yau at least seem to care for his patients' health, though his bio mentions that he's more concerned with gaining popularity points from his profession than genuinely caring for his patients' well-being.
  • Manchild: Jessie Morris is a childish woman who is obsessed with cute things, and would often hang out in the forest to play with the cute critters, which she tries to take home.
  • Married to the Job: May, the teacher, is only interested in education and has no time for romance. It is said that guys who try to hit on her end up getting lectured instead. They tend to get better grades as a result.
  • Mental Time Travel: Probably. The protagonist is first shown in the prologue as an aged person who has become disillusioned by their life in the city. Desiring to return to their hometown, they fall asleep, and wakes up at their farm as a youth. The game then proceeds as the protagonist tries to use this second chance to build a fulfilling life in their hometown instead of leaving as they originally planned. The game has yet to explain how or why this phenomenon occurred.
  • Missing Mom: Justin Ortiz's mother dumped him with his drunk father before disappearing altogether, leaving the kid quite bitter. He often tells the player how he misses his mother, and dislikes his drunk father.
  • Mystical White Hair: Foxy, the immortal white fox, spirit has white hair.
  • Not Good with People: Fay is a shy and socially awkward young woman, and would try to avoid conversations if the player try to chat up to her. However, she seems to fare much better with animals, and she often hangs around at the ranch to play with the critters there. The quests she offers frequently involves getting food she'd like to give to her animal friends.
  • Only One Name: Sisters May and Fay has no surname, and no known parents.
  • Parental Issues: Most of the NPCs have a less-than-ideal family situations.
    • The Allens is a textbook example of a dysfunctional family. Peter Allen, the patriarch is a haughty traditionalist who doesn't approve of his daughter's independence, despite being a poor excuse of a businessman who had squandered his family's wealth. His wife, Julia, is a vain and selfish woman who neglected their children in favour of pleasing herself. As a result, their daughter Sherry had to bear the burden of keeping the family afloat and raising her younger brother. She is determined to move out from her parents' home to protect Jerry from their negative influence.
    • The doctor's family, to a lesser extent. Lee Wah is obsessed with health and medicine, and insists that his sons become doctors. While his older son is fine with this, his younger son is more interested with mechanics, and this causes a rift between the two. Lee Wah's insistence to serve only healthy meals at home eventually drives Yeung away, and the latter now lives in his own trailer.
    • Justin Ortiz used to live with his mother, until she presumably got tired of him and left him with his alcoholic father. But even though Jim loves his son and tries his best to be a good father to the kid, Justin resents the rural town he's been dumped in, and rebels against his dad.
    • Mary Morris is an Education Mama who pressures her daughter, Jessie, to become a star dancer and only shows affection to the kid when she is sleeping, or after she won competition prizes. It is said that this harsh upbringing caused Jessie to become an emotionally stunted woman who behaves like a child despite being an adult.
    • The reason Duke Evans is present at all is because he doesn't get along with his family, who disapproved of his passion for music and tried to force him to continue the family business instead.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Peach Gray lives with her grandfather John, while her parents work in the city. It is also implied that the protagonist was also raised by their grandfather, whom they mention was best friends with John. Their parents aren't mentioned at all.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Foxy claims to have "hundreds of years" worth of cultivation.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Downplayed with John Gray, the town's mayor who also doubles as the fisherman. But while we see him run his fishery, he never seem to do anything mayor-ly.
  • Precocious Crush: Glen expresses his wish to marry Elly some day. Likewise, Justin considers Elly a good wife, and seems to have a mild attraction towards Jessie, whom he considers "hot".
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: There is virtually no gameplay difference between playing as a male vs. playing as a female, aside from the aesthetics. It is said that the player can't marry bachelors/bachelorettes of the same-sex, but the dialogues between the love candidates remain the same regardless of the player character's gender. It doesn't help that the player can easily switch their gender via the clinic.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Lee Yeung is a self-proclaimed Bruce Lee fan, and wears a black-and-yellow tracksuit that serves as a direct reference to Game of Death.
    • Glen Cruz is a gamer and is especially fond of Mario. His outfit—a red shirt, blue overalls and a red cap—is an obvious shout-out to the character.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Peter Allen and David Hanks are, respectively, a traditionalist and a chauvinist who believes that women should just stay at home and become a good housewife and/or mother. Peter is a lot less outspoken about this, especially since his daughter is pretty much the only reason their family hasn't gone bankrupt yet... but David still nags Lulu and Ella for not behaving like proper ladies, i.e. staying at home and cooking meals.
  • Stepford Smiler: Elly, the sweet and gentle angel who is always seen smiling, at certain points would tell the player, "Do I look happy? No."
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: If the player gives Glen an item he likes, he will say how he's starting to like you more and more, and asks if you can feel his increased affection.
  • Timed Mission: All the quests posted on the town Bulletin board expires within 5 in-game days. There's no penalty for not completing them on time, but the player would lose the possible rewards.
  • Tsundere: Lulu Lopez is a sharp-tongued lass who tends to snap at the people she talks with, but she gets quite flustered if the player gives her enough gifts, and awkwardly tells them to stop flirting.
  • Where The Hell Is Spring Field: Harvest Town ostensibly exists in the real world (most likely China), given that the characters make reference to real celebrities (i.e. the aforementioned Bruce Lee), places (i.e. Japan and the US) and shows (i.e. Naruto), but the town itself isn't based on any real/specific location.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Chris Trump has white hair, despite not being a supernatural being like Foxy. Sherry Allen and the Cole sisters has pink hair. Jessie Morris and Lee Yau has purple hair.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Implied. In one of the game's side quests, the player can find a picture of Steve Lopez with a woman who looks suspiciously like Julia Allen. Considering how Julia resents her marriage with Peter, and that Steve and Peter has an obviously bad relationship, thia led to speculations that the two are having an affair. Some fans has even gone so far as to say that Lulu is the result of said affair.

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