Harvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands
|Harvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands|
|Series||Story of Seasons|
Harvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands (牧場物語 キラキラ太陽となかまたち Bokujō Monogatari: Kira Kira Taiyō to Nakama Tachi, lit. "Farm Story: Shining Sun and Friends"), is a video game that was released on February 21, 2008 in Japan and November 12, 2009 in North America. The seventeenth installment of the Story of Seasons series, and the fourth available for the Nintendo DS, the game closely resembles Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness; a section of the island from Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness is one of multiple islands in this game. The player can choose to be a boy (Mark) or a girl (Chelsea).
Many years before the events of the game, a powerful earthquake struck the Sunshine Islands, causing them to sink into the ocean. The player's task is to find the magical Sun Stones and restore the Sunshine Islands to their former glory.
Gameplay is split into four 30-day seasons to make up a year. Each day takes place over approximately fifteen minutes.
Unlike its predecessor, Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness, the player is not limited to controlling the game with the touch screen. Speaking to other characters within the game is either activated by tapping the character or pressing in the A button while facing them. The B button can be held while directing your character to bring him or her to a run. Although the player can now use the buttons, the old touchscreen control system is still intact.
Like in other Harvest Moon games, the player is able to marry. The candidates are the same as in Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness with an additional candidate for each gender. The new candidate for the female player is Will, and for the male the new candidate is Lily. After a season of marriage, the player is able to have a child with their spouse. As in the other Harvest Moon games, the player must raise the heart level of the candidate in order to marry.
The American pre-order bonus was a limited edition plush pig that was included with the game when ordered from participating retailers.
Nintendo Power gave the game a 7/10, noting "Sunshine Islands has a better understanding than previous handheld Harvest Moons of how to efficiently use the DS platform." GameRankings has an aggregate score of 74.57% from 7 reviews for Harvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands.
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