Rune Factory

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This article is about the series. For the first game in the series, see Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon.
Rune Factory
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Rune Factory logo
Genres Simulation game
Role-playing video game
Action role-playing game
Developers Neverland Co., Ltd.
Publishers Marvelous Entertainment, Natsume, Rising Star Games, Xseed Games
Platforms Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, PlayStation 3
Official website Rune Factory - Natsume

Rune Factory (ルーンファクトリー Rūn Fakutorī?) is a role-playing simulation video game series developed by Neverland Co., Ltd. for the Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii and the PlayStation 3 video game consoles, and a spin-off of the Harvest Moon video game series. It is described by Yoshifumi Hashimoto, producer of the Harvest Moon series, as "Harvest Moon where you wield a sword."[1]

Common gameplay elements[edit]

The gameplay of the Rune Factory series is similar to that of Harvest Moon. For every one real-world second, one in-game minute passes. The player can grow crops, using upgradeable farm equipment. However, the Harvest Moon game mechanic of purchasing animals has been replaced by defeating and befriending monsters in dungeons. If a monster is tamed, it can help the player in battle, produce goods, or help to tend the crops. The game's combat is in the action role-playing game style.

Like most Harvest Moon games, the player is given a limited amount of stamina, in the form of "Rune Points", or "RP". Rune Points get depleted as the player performs tasks at the farm or fights using a weapon or magic. The player is given hit points as well. The player can attack with no RP by sacrificing HP. The player can replenish RP by using Runes created by fully-grown crops or potions, while HP can be restored using medicine or healing spells. The town bathhouse restores both HP and RP. If the player runs out of HP while working on their farm, they will collapse and be rescued; however, in Rune Factory and Rune Factory 2, dying outside the town causes game over. In all other games, the player will not die while fighting in the caves or ruins.

Crops can be planted in different areas to sell for gold; other activities include mining for metal and minerals, fishing, or collecting food such as milk and eggs from befriended monsters. The player can then spend money and material to buy a variety of upgrades for their house, weapons, and tools.

In addition to their open-ended gameplay, the games possess a linear storyline, which can be furthered by exploring dungeons and defeating certain monsters. Just like in the Harvest Moon series, the main character's relationship with the other villagers increase by talking to them or performing actions that please them, like giving items they like as presents for example. Some of them can even be married if their relationship improves enough. Some games of the series requires the protagonist to get married as part of the storyline.

Games[edit]

Title Platform Release date
Japan North America Europe Australia
Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon NDS August 24, 2006 August 14, 2007 February 13, 2009 March 12, 2009
Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon NDS January 3, 2008 November 18, 2008 October 8, 2010 November 18, 2010
Rune Factory Frontier Wii November 27, 2008 March 17, 2009 April 1, 2010
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon NDS October 22, 2009 November 9, 2010 September 30, 2011
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny PS3 and Wii February 24, 2011 October 7, 2011 May 25, 2012
Rune Factory 4 3DS July 19, 2012 October 1, 2013[2] Cancelled

Development[edit]

According to Marvelous's managing director and Harvest Moon's creator, Yasuhiro Wada, Rune Factory 2 does not borrow the Harvest Moon name for the Japanese release. This was done in order to grow Rune Factory as an independent series and Marvelous will continue to do this with all future installments including Rune Factory Frontier.[3] Despite this, Natsume applied the subtitle A Fantasy Harvest Moon to Rune Factory 2 and Rune Factory 3.[4][5]

Rune Factory Frontier was announced during an interview between Cubed3 and Yasuhiro Wada on June 6, 2007, and was fully revealed on June 4, 2008 in the Japanese magazine Famitsu. On July 11, 2008, Marvelous Entertainment USA and Xseed Games announced that they were both bringing Rune Factory Frontier to North America.[6] As of 2012, Rune Factory Frontier has been the only game in the Rune Factory series not to be brought to North America by Natsume.

Rune Factory 5 was said to be expected at "some point in time", according to series producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto.[7] However, Neverland Co. filed for bankruptcy in November 2013, leaving the future of the series in question.[8]

Media[edit]

Rune Factory 2 has had multiple manga series to help promote the game, in such magazines as Dengeki Nintendo DS, Monthly Wings, Dragon Age, and Dengeki Maoh. If players pre-ordered the game in Japan, they would receive a free CD with three mini-dramas as well as an 18-page art book. Sometime after the release of the game in Japan, a CD with all the background music, three mini-dramas, and the two theme songs was released with a novel based on the game following sometime after. The American pre-order bonus was a plush Chipp—a monster in the series similar in appearance to a squirrel—that was included in the box when ordered from participating websites.[4][9]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon 79% [10] 78% [11]
Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon 81% [12] 77% [13]
Rune Factory Frontier 82% [14] 79% [15]
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon 79% [16] 77% [17]
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny 55% (PS3) [18]
78% (Wii) [19]
55% (PS3) [20]
Rune Factory 4 79% [21] 78% [22]

The Rune Factory series has been well received.

Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon received an 8.4 rating from IGN's Mark Bozon. Bozon commented that the art style was "amazing", and that it was "the Harvest Moon you've been waiting for".[23] 91/100 from Gamebrink, 7.0/10 from Nintendo Power, and 4/5 from X-Play.

IGN rated Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon at 8.4/10, commenting on its similarity to the original,[24] and Game Rankings has given it an aggregated score of 80.58%.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon". IGN. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Rune Factory 4 Gets Official Release date" Game Informer. Retrieved 9-13-2013
  3. ^ "C3 Interview with Yasuhiro Wada". Cubed3. 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Natsume's Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon for DS Goes Gold". IGN. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  5. ^ Anthony Gallegos (December 6, 2010). "Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Review". IGN. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games join forces to announce E3 lineup". July 11, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Isshan (2012-09-28). "Rune Factory 4 Sales Cross 150,000 in Japan". Siliconera. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  8. ^ Engen (2013-11-30). "Rune Factory Dveloper Declares Bankruptcy". Escapist Magazine. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  9. ^ "Amazon offers Rune Factory 2 squirrel preorder". News. Gamertell. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  10. ^ "Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon". GameRankings. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  11. ^ "Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  12. ^ a b "Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon". GameRankings. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  13. ^ "Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  14. ^ "Rune Factory Frontier". GameRankings. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  15. ^ "Rune Factory Frontier". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  16. ^ "Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  17. ^ "Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  18. ^ "Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  19. ^ "Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  20. ^ "Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  21. ^ "Rune Factory 4". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  22. ^ "Rune Factory 4". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  23. ^ Bozon (August 17, 2007). "Rune Factory Review". IGN. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  24. ^ "Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Review". IGN. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 

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