Harvest Moon: Magical Melody was a lovely, well received game for the Gamecube, which, unfortunately, failed to blossom when ported over the Wii. If you never played the original then it is well worth splashing out on Amazon's budget price of just £4.97 which is barely more than a third of the price of the next best (£13.99 from Cool Shop) and gives a massive £9 saving!
You've hardly begun to settle into your new ranch life in Flower Bud Village when in come some pretty disgruntled gnomes who have decided that you are just the sucker they need to save the Harvest Goddess who has been turned to stone. The way to do this is obvious, you just need to collect 100 notes which come to you for all sorts of reasons, err... Meanwhile, your neighbour Jamie is also trying to save the Goddess and as personal glory is clearly far more important than the actual rescue mission, this character of indeterminate sex fast becomes your rival.
The Harvest Moon series tends to divide gamers, either you become immediately and irrevocably hooked or it just leaves you cold. If you fall into the former category then you are likely to find plenty of charm in Magical Melody. The graphics may be old hat but the art style is loveable enough to make up for it and there is plenty to keep you busy both home on the range and out in the world of the town. The Wii version is a lazy port but if you like this sort of game but missed out on the Gamecube version then, at just £5, this is a near essential purchase.
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