Hometown Story's pedigree is easy to identify — it's the creation of Yasuhiro Wada, the man who masterminded the Harvest Moon franchise before starting his own small company, Toybox. His studio's title arrived in North America last October, and a recent video interview confirms that publisher Rising Star Games will release the game in Europe in April.
The interview itself is certainly worth a watch, as Wada-san explains his core philosophy of producing games that introduce new audiences to gaming and promote happiness and fulfilment — when in development the title was codenamed "Project Happiness". Though opening a shop and forming relationships with others may remind gamers of Wada's previous work, his small team does aim to innovate with these ideas.
Check it out below and let us know what you think. We do aim to review this title in future, but you can learn more about Wada's game design philosophies in our detailed interview from last year.
He's got the right idea about games. I would love for Europe to get some of the plushies America got, but I doubt it will happen.
Wasn't Hometown Story reviewed by Nintendo Life? Has the review been deleted?
I never even know it wasn't out in Europe till now. Then again I haven't even played my copy of the game (still sealed). It was that large CE plushie they had on the site that really drew me to it.
Just bought this game at Gamestop. I've loved almost every Harvest Moon game and was looking forward to trying this one. Where is Harvest Moon hold your hand to long at the beginning this one does the opposite and sets you loose and day one with little direction It's a nice nice change
@Zaphod_Beeblebrox There totally was a review here!
It's like NL has forgotten how critically unsuccessful this game is...
I'm a huge Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon fan, but I'm afraid to say HomeTown Story just wasn't for me. I like the concept, but I feel it's just a bit too bare to be that engaging of an experience. Especially after recently playing 'Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale' not many games can compare. I wouldn't be against a sequel though if they just made managing the store more interactive while also giving you more things to do outside. I enjoy the various ways you can go about things in Harvest Moon so I'd love to see more variety like that.
@MrPockets That's what I thought. Thanks.
Looks like an interesting game
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