25 Games Like Harvest Moon

Games Like Harvest Moon
Our collection of games like Harvest Moon lists the very best management simulation games similar to the popular Harvest Moon franchise.

Harvest Moon is a series of farm simulation games that also combine light role playing and management aspects into the core gameplay.

The objectives in Harvest Moon vary based on the game in the series but generally involves the revitalising of a run-down farm and the surrounding area. While gameplay does change throughout the series the core gameplay elements include planting crops, raising livestock and befriending the village occupants.

Other features that the various titles offer include foraging, mining, pets, resource gathering, fishing and collecting objects. The underlying focus of the game though is on carefully managing your time and energy each day in order to get the maximum number of tasks completed.

The games like Harvest Moon on this page all offer a great strategic and management focused experience and cover a variety of platforms (Android, PC, iPhone, iPad and more) to ensure there is something for everyone’s taste and available platform. In these games you can run your own farm, store or a business while you manage your time carefully for maximum efficiency.

Games Like Harvest Moon

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World’s Dawn

Inspired by Harvest Moon, World’s Dawn offers up a colourful seaside village in need of your assistance in a social simulation game that will pull you in for over two dozen hours of gameplay. Players will immediately recognise the familiar top down graphic style as you quickly become ench... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
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Stardew Valley

After a hyped development phase Stardew Valley is finally here and is living up to all the hopes and dreams of Harvest Moon fans everywhere. Drawing large inspiration from the franchise Stardew Valley delivers a new farming experience that takes the well known formula but sprinkles its own impr... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(42 votes)
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Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life packs in a huge amount of customisation, cute graphics and a large open world. With a dozen different lives (classes) that each have their own activities and quests it’s easy to get lots of replay value from the game as each life promises a unique experience. Set in the world of Re... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(26 votes)
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Rune Factory 4

Rune Factory 4 continues the popular mix of farm simulation and role playing game that its predecessors set. The game is the first to be released on the Nintendo 3DS platform with a 2013 North American release. The game features some of the biggest overhauls to the Rune Factory series yet to en... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(12 votes)
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River King: Mystic Valley

River King: Mystic Valley (Harvest Fishing in some European regions) takes farming simulation into the fishing simulation genre providing a great alternative especially for fans of fishing. The game is available on the Nintendo DS platform and was released in April 2008. In River King players d... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(12 votes)
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Shepherd’s Crossing 2

Shepherd’s Crossing 2 is farm simulation game available on the Nintendo DS that has many similarities to the popular Harvest Moon series. Development of Shepherd’s Crossing 2 was completed by Graffiti Entertainment with a 2010 release. The game features the beautifully crafted anime inspired gr... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(11 votes)
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Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale

If you like playing a farm simulation game but want to move away from farming Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale provides a good option. It takes the best parts of the game genre and incorporates it into management of an item shop. The game was developed by EasyGameStation and original released in ... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(15 votes)
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Atelier Annie: Alchemist of Sera Island

Atelier Annie: Alchemist of Sera Island is a Nintendo DS game that blends role playing elements, resource management and item crafting together to create a fun and interesting adventure. The game follows Annie who loves nothing more than dreaming about marrying into money one day. This leads he... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(12 votes)
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Castaway Paradise

Castaway Paradise brings an Animal Crossing like experience to your mobile device with a game set on your own tropical island. From helping the animal like villagers to catching fish and planting crops there is a lot to do in this free to play experience. At the start of the game players will l... Read More »

User Score
6.1
(39 votes)
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Rune Factory 3

Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon takes the Harvest Moon series into the fantasy realm and features the same simulation/role playing experience that was made popular by the HM series. The game was released in November 2010 with development completed by Neverland Co. The game is actually th... Read More »

User Score
9.3
(19 votes)
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Farm For Your Life

Farm for your Life is an interesting indie experience that combines zombies, farming, tower defence and even running your own restaurant. All of these gameplay elements are wrapped together into a cute graphical package and a very affordable price. Set in a game world where a heavy storm has st... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(22 votes)
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Rune Factory Frontier

In terms of chronological order Rune Factory Frontier is the third game to be released in the Rune Factory series. The game is available for the Nintendo Wii making its way to North American shores in 2009. Just like the previous games in the Rune Factory series players find themselves in a fan... Read More »

User Score
9.3
(15 votes)
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Rune Factory 2

Rune Factory 2 was released in North America one year after the success of the first game and continues to offer the same mixture of fantasy and Harvest Moon style gameplay as the original game did. In Rune Factory 2 players will return to the same universe as the first game but with a whole ne... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(9 votes)
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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a popular life simulation game with city building aspects available for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is published by Nintendo and was released in late 2012 (Japan) with international releases in June of 2013. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf players take control of the ma... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(23 votes)
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Avalon Code

Avalon Code comes from the same minds that brought you the highly popular games of Harvest Moon and Rune Factory so you know you’ve got a great experience coming your way. The game saw its North American released in 2009 after great success from the 2008 release in Japan. The game takes p... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(14 votes)
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Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

If you love the Harvest Moon series but wanted something with gameplay outside of farming simulation then you’re the target audience for Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon. As the name of the game suggests it combines the farm simulation aspects of the popular Harvest Moon and mixes in fantas... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(11 votes)
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Animal Crossing: City Folk

Animal Crossing: City Folk is the third game in the popular game series and the only one that is available on the Nintendo Wii. The game was released in 2008 and re-released in 2011 in the Nintendo Selects Collection. City Folk has very similar life simulation gameplay to previous games under t... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(16 votes)
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The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook

The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook is the first game in The Flower Shop series of visual novels produced by Winter Wolves. A large part of the gameplay also has players managing a farm while creating relationships with characters in the game. The game revolves around Steve who is on break fro... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(14 votes)
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Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise

Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise is the Xbox 360 exclusive sequel to the widely popular Viva Pinata. With similar gameplay but additional biomes and co-operative play the title is everything you loved plus a little extra. The game was eventually made available on Xbox One through the Rare Repla... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(2 votes)
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Animal Crossing: Wild World

The second game in the Animal Crossing series is Animal Crossing: Wild World. Wild World released in 2005 for the Nintendo DS and is one of the top ten all time selling games for the console. In Wild World players live in a remote village that is populated by humanised animals. Gameplay involve... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(13 votes)
miramagia

Miramagia

Miramagia is a free to play game that combines farming simulation with a magical game world. It’s available to play online through your browser and was developed by the same company that produced the popular MMORTS game, Travian. At the start of your adventure players will get to choose from fo... Read More »

User Score
7.1
(17 votes)
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Viva Pinata

Viva Pinata turns a unique game idea into a fun sandbox simulation game with beautifully crafted graphics that can be enjoyed by all ages. Viva Pinata is published by Microsoft Game Studios and is available on PC and Xbox 360 (with spin-off games on the Nintendo DS). The focus in Viva Pinata is... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(13 votes)
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Wild Season

Wild Season is a Kickstarter born game title that intends to take the Harvest Moon formula and add its own spin on the life simulation genre. Available for Windows and Mac players will find Wild Season succeeds in some areas while falling in short in others. Wild Season opens with players takin... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(3 votes)
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Gemini Lost

After a beam of light transfers you and your friends to a mysterious world players must pick up the pieces and find their way home. Along the way you’ll rebuild a civilization, conduct research, gather resources and keep your small community happy. Gemini Lost is highly puzzle and goal or... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(10 votes)
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Funky Barn

Armed with a weird name and Wii U exclusivity Funky Barn enters into the simulation genre, challenging players to build a farm of cute animals and manage your farm economy. Starting at the basics as one would expect players are given a fairly barren plot of farm land, limited resources and only... Read More »

User Score
6.0
(1 votes)