16 Games Like Harvest Moon

Games Like Harvest Moon Our collection of games like Harvest Moon features the best management simulation games where farming serves as a key mechanic to your progression for all major video game platforms.

Harvest Moon is a series of farm simulation games launched in 2007 on the Nintendo DS which also offers light role playing mechanics, management aspects and world customisation into the core gameplay loop. While the objectives in each Harvest Moon game vary players are generally challenged to revitalise a run-down farm and the surrounding area. Gameplay has similarly changed and evolved with each new game in the series with the core elements including planting crops, raising livestock, customising your surroundings and befriending the village occupants.

Other features in the franchise have included foraging, mining, pets, resource gathering, fishing, marriage, terrain modification and collecting objects. Ultimately this requires Harvest Moon players to carefully manage their time and energy each day in order to get the maximum number of tasks completed and work towards their objectives.

The games like Harvest Moon on this page are for a variety of platforms (iOS, Android, PC and consoles) where you will operate or restore your own farm, store or a business while you manage your time carefully for maximum efficiency.
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Rune Factory 3

Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon sends the well known popular Harvest Moon series into the fantasy realm with an adventure that offers a familiar blend of simulation and role playing content for players on the Nintendo DS platform. In 2023 Rune Factory 3 was also revived with a special edition that transported the game into the newer Nintendo Switch platform. Released in 2010 this title is actually the fourth in the game franchise despite its name suggesting it is the third with a number o...[Read Review]

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Stardew Valley

Drawing inspiration from the Harvest Moon franchise Stardew Valley puts you at the centre of your own farming adventure. Using the well known as a foundation Stardew Valley takes the experience further than ever before with its own unique mechanics and superb game design which were refined throughout the games lengthy original development. Starting your adventure in the countryside players inherent a vast plot of land from their grandfather in the area known as Stardew Valley. At this stage char...[Read Review]

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9.2 User Avg (54 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 with a 2013 North American release for the Nintendo 3DS platform. Nearly a decade later a remastered enhanced version known as Rune Factory 4 Special was released on modern platforms of Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and and PlayStation 4. Rune Factory 4 features some of the biggest overhauls to the Rune Factory series yet to ensure that the game is both enjoyable for long-time fans and new com...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (17 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 that has similarities to the popular Harvest Moon franchise. Released in 2009 to the Japanese and North American markets separately this title will challenge players with 6 major quests during their 3 year adventure on the special Sera island. The game follows Annie who loves nothing more than dreaming about marr...[Read Review]

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Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale explores an interesting blend of mechanics as you operate your own item shop and attempt to earn the maximum profit while haggling with your customers. On top of this core mechanic though Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale also encourages players to engage in dungeon crawling to obtain a steady flow of items to sell.  Originally released in Japan Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale was translated and brought to Steam in 2010. In Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale you will play ...[Read Review]

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Avalon Code

Avalon Code is a fantasy role playing title for the Nintendo DS platform that allows players to literally shape the world around them by altering the elemental code of everything around you. Playing as your choice of a female or male protagonist you’ll dive into a fantasy world of colourful graphics and innovative core gameplay across a directed storyline. Released in North America in 2009 after success from a 2008 release in the Japan video game market Avalon Code is a Nintendo DS exclusi...[Read Review]

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Gemini Lost

Gemini Lost opens with a beam of light transferring you and your friends to a mysterious world where 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 of characters happy in the Gemini Lost’s blend of time management, strategy and light touches of life/village simulation. Gemini Lost delivers this experience through a highly structure puzzle and objective based offering whic...[Read Review]

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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 from the original plus a little extra. The game was eventually made available on Xbox One through the Rare Replay compilation allowing Xbox users broader accessibility to the adventure.. In Trouble in Paradise players will return to the magical island of the original Viva Pinata game and once again...[Read Review]

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Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life packs in a huge amount of customisation, cute graphics and a large open world for Nintendo 3DS players to explore with the game drawing inspiration from similar simulation role playing titles for this portable console. With a dozen different lives (classes) that each have their own activities and quests it’s easy to get lots of replay value from Fantasy Life as each life promises a unique experience that builds on similar adventures in this gaming sub genre. Set in the world of Reve...[Read Review]

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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 into a single game experience. All of these gameplay elements are wrapped together into a cute graphical package and an affordable price that encourages gamers of all backgrounds to step into the colourful world. Set in a game world where a heavy storm has struck your quiet town and in turn unleashed the living dead it’s up to you the player and the few survivo...[Read Review]

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7.6 User Avg (22 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 and challenges players to efficiently develop their own farm. Released in 2010 for the Nintendo DS the game also serves as a sequel to the PlayStation 2 Shepherd’s Crossing title that was English released in 2008 (originally developed in 2003). At the heart of Shepherd’s Crossing 2 players will find a beautifully crafted anime themed graphic design that h...[Read Review]

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Viva Pinata

Viva Pinata turns a unique game concept into a fun sandbox simulation game with beautifully crafted graphics that can be enjoyed by all ages. Challenging players to design their own dream garden and fill it with pinata animals based on real life counterparts. Published by Microsoft Game Studios Viva Pinata is available on PC and Xbox 360 (later Xbox One as well) with some spin-off titles with similar gameplay on alternative handheld consoles like the Nintendo DS. The focus in Viva Pinata is on d...[Read Review]

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World’s Dawn

Inspired by Harvest Moon and other farming based simulation titles, World’s Dawn offers up a colourful seaside village in need of player assistance in a social simulation game that will pull you in for over two dozen hours of gameplay as you revive the surrounding village areas. Funded out of a Kickstarter campaign World’s Dawn shows all the signs of a game that was meticulously created which comes through most notably in the writing and design of the townsfolk who all feel unique. T...[Read Review]

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Miramagia

Miramagia is a free to play game that combines farming simulation with a magical game world and role playing mechanics to create a unique blend. Originally available through your browser with Adobe Flash the adventure lives on with a downloadable Windows client. This unfortunately also saw the developer ceasing active development which limits players to the content that was available as at May 2020. While substantial in terms of content and promises hundreds of game hours with the content availa...[Read Review]

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Funky Barn

Armed with a strange name and Nintendo exclusivity Funky Barn enters into the farming simulation genre, challenging players to build a farm of cute animals and while managing your farm economy on your handheld Nintendo device. Starting at the basics as one would expect players are given a fairly barren plot of farm land, limited resources and only a small number of tools which is built upon slowly throughout the story. Taking over after your uncle Hatsworth’s who died from staying out in the col...[Read Review]

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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 (on mobile devices) with a paid offering on PC, Mac and consoles which fundamentally similar gameplay between the releases. At the start of the game players will land on the shores of a tropical island and be introduced to Viktoria, a pig lady w...[Read Review]

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5.9 User Avg (44 votes)