Harvest Moon is a cute game for the patient person. . It is the second edition of the previous "Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town". The main difference is that in this game, you are playing the role of a girl rather than a boy.
It centers on farming and raising a family while making friends in a small town of close knit people. It also involves raising and caring for crops (duh) and various livestock. It may sound boring but it actually isn't.
Like I said before its for people with a lot of patience. You start out as, depending on which version you have, a city slicker (I for some reason like that word) or a simple girl. In either case you inherit an old busted-up farm and you are entrusted to revive it.
You'll start by clearing the land. And that in itself is a full-time job as weeds (yep you got em) pop up every day. And once you have finally cleared the land, you plant your crops.
Depending on how well you deal with the townfolk you get certain privileges. For instance, if you make friends (and stay friends) with the grocery store owner, then your prices will drop a little.
There are also the Harvest Goddess and the Kappa to deal with. Make offerings to both and life will be somewhat easier for you. Also don't forget to go to confession to have your sins forgiven.
After a while you'll want some company in your home and then you will have the option of getting married. To do this, you will need to build affection towards your intended person and once you've raised it enough, you can marry him. You of course have rivals in this department. Which is what makes it interesting.
Once you do get married you have a child and the story goes from there.
There are far too many facets of the game for me to tell you them all but it's great. Give it a try! Its probably more for people who like RPG's than others.
Good luck and happy harvesting.