- Author's Saving Throw: The developers are actively involved with the player community, and would try to adjust the game to respond to customer feedback.
- When the game was first released internationally, it received a fair amount of flak from Stardew Valley players, who accused Harvest Town of being the latter's rip-off due to their very similar pixel graphics. The subsequent redraw of Harvest Town's characters are likely an attempt to distance itself from Stardew Valley's visual style.
- The 2020 event—where the player must consume certain amounts of various materials to obtain H-coins, which can then be traded for special skins and other rewards—received a lot of complaints from players due to how difficult it is to accrue the required amount of materials (and is practically impossible for newer players to attempt). Subsequent events scale down the difficulties.
- Base-Breaking Character: Lee Yau was voted as the most popular bachelor in one of the official Facebook group's polls. The same group also marks him as one of the most disliked character because of his Jerkass personality.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: More than a few players have expressed a desire to have Jim Ortiz as a marriageable option. His sympathetic backstory, his desire to be a good father to his rebellious son despite being an Alcoholic Parent and the fact that he's technically single (and not at all that bad looking) endears him to many. It certainly helps that his son, Justin, is considered the most popular child character.
- It's Easy, So It Sucks!: In certain ways, this game has less challenges than some other games of the same genre. For example, animals and crops don't die even if the player don't feed or water them, and at one point can even grow without being taken care of. The latter is fixed in the 21 November 2019 update, but many still find Harvest Town lacking significant challenges.
- Scrappy Mechanic:
- The game doesn't allow players to go to bed before 8 PM. So if you've finished your daily task before then, you're forced to meander around while waiting for time to pass (which may take a while). Suffice to say, most players dislike this feature and the game's official Facebook page are filled with requests for it to be removed.
- Having high farming skills allow your crops to grow faster. Considering that harvesting / replanting crops is one of the most tedious activities in the game, many players consider this as Blessed with Suck, and would rather be rewarded with an increased crop output rather than decreased crop growth time.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The update on 10 December 2019 made a lot of changes that weren't too well received. Among the most contentious changes were the new UI (which many complained as being too bright and the aesthetics clash against the tone of the game), and the disabling of the remote shopping feature. The fact that this update is rife with bugs certainly don't help its case.
- Values Dissonance: In one of her dialogues, Peach mentions having tasted Andy's drink and not liking its flavour. Most Western fans are appalled at the idea of Andy allowing a kid to drink wine, but this would not be an issue in China (where the game is made), which does not have a minimum drinking age.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Several players have insisted that Lee Yau is female even though he's listed as a bachelor, both in the official wiki and other sources.
- The Woobie: Justin Ortiz. He's a young boy who was abandoned by his mother to live with his drunk father—who, despite his best efforts to be a good parent, is clearly unable to keep a household or provide a healthy environment for the child's upbringing (their house is a disgusting mess, and Jim's bio explicitly states that he can't cook or clean). Justin hates living with his dad and would often be seen alone at the bus station, waiting for his mother to return.
YMMV / Harvest Town