Farm-simulation games seem to be all the rage these days, so if you're unable to access Farmville at work or home, Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon can be nabbed from The Hut for just £4.93. That's a saving of almost ten pounds!
The Harvest Moon franchise is a popular Japanese farm-simulation series, and the Rune Factory spin-off built on the traditional staples of tending to your farm and crops, with the addition of RPG-esque mechanics. It earned a 78 on MetaCritic, with IGN calling it the Harvest Moon "you've been waiting for".
Rune Factory, true to its Harvest Moon subtitle, is a traditional Japanese farm-simulator. Ten seconds of real-time translates to ten minutes of in-game time, with the rural land of Kardia able to undergo day and night changes. The traditional stamina-mechanic is intact, with the amnesiac protagonist, Raguna, only able to swing a tool or weapon a certain amount of times. Rune Factory builds on the Harvest Moon premise, allowing Raguna to trek out into Kardia, defeat and befriend monsters, who in turn help sell goods.
What's most endearing about Rune Factory is the simple simulation aspects. You can cook the food you grow and eat it, plant fruit and ripen it, depending on the season. The art-style is adorable, making good use of the DS' limited power.