26 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.
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Wonderland

Adding to the growing list of mobile titles published by upjers Wonderland takes players on a unique journey to find their little sibling who has been dragged through a magical portal by shadowy creatures. The familiar elements of an Upjers title are there from the colourful design to the friendly game mechanics. Unlike the other titles in their collection though Wonderland is wholly designed for mobile rather than being a port of their web based experiences. The result is a mobile adventure tha...[Read Review]

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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 the fourth in the game franchise despite its name suggesting it is the third. Gameplay is very similar to the previous games in the series and has mostly been polished while adding some minor gameplay improv...[Read Review]

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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 fantasy realm where they own and manage their own farm. At the core of your decision process is the season system which is split between the four real world seasons (only three of these seasons support planti...[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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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 ensure that the game is both enjoyable for long-time fans and new comers to the Rune Factory games. In particular is the improvement in the marriage system and giving the player control of a larger town as o...[Read Review]

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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 new story and characters. This time around players will follow the story of an amnesiac boy who wanders into the town known as Alvarna. Upon arriving in the town he is helped out by a Mana (a local girl) who...[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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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 her to endlessly fantasize about the possibility and living a lazy lifestyle. Of course Annie’s parents are extremely worried about her daughter so they decide to consult her wise grandfather on the best met...[Read Review]

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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 fantasy style RPG elements. In Rune Factory players will have the opportunity to explore the small town of Kardia which is mostly made up of farmland. Players assume the role of Raguna (a name that can be change...[Read Review]

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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 discover that their sister is unable to wake up due to a mysterious power that has been slowly growing in the forest close to your home. Despite all your efforts she is still unable to wake, your only hope ...[Read Review]

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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 place in a fantasy inspired game world and focuses on providing a solid role playing experience. Avalon Code revolves around a peasant who has been experiencing a large number of apocalyptic style nightmare...[Read Review]

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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 involves a number of tasks and also incorporates events based on seasons and time of the day. Wi-Fi connectivity is also involved in the gameplay and lets players easily travel between other villagers. Customisat...[Read Review]

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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 mayor in a rural village. This is unlike previous games in the series where players assumed the role of a new villager in the town. This isn’t the only new feature to be added to the Animal Crossing series w...[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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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 Reveria you’ll spend the first few minutes in Fantasy Life customising your avatar and choosing which life you want to begin as (although this can be changed pretty quickly into the game). The depth of custo...[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 plus a little extra. The game was eventually made available on Xbox One through the Rare Replay compilation. In Trouble in Paradise players will return to the magical island of the original game and once again be gardener to the unique pinatas that live there. Starting from scratch players are give...[Read Review]

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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 taking a break from the big city to purchase their own run down farm property. Taking the risk as either a male or female farmer players will clear the logs and boulders from their farm land while also taking p...[Read Review]

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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 graphics of most other popular farming simulation games and paired with the solid gameplay is an overall rewarding and enjoyable farming experience. A big draw to Shepherd’s Crossing 2 over similar games is ...[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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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 on designing the perfect garden in order to attract and breed the various pinatas that are present in the game. Viva Pinata offers a visually pleasing game with a focus on younger children and casual game...[Read Review]

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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 the Animal Crossing series (such as Wild World). In the game you’ll take over a customised character in a rural village and go about various activities. Activities include gardening, bug catching, fishing a...[Read Review]

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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 enchanted with the Sugar Blossom Village and its cast of 32 individual characters that roam around and go about their day. Mechanically you’ve got crops, livestock, a farmhouse to customise, festivals to...[Read Review]

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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 four different classes (Sorcerer, Shaman, Druid and Mage) that each offer something special. Each class also has a male and female option so everyone is catered for. After your beginner’s tutorial with...[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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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 which aim to bring together the simulation genres of farming and dating into a single adventure. With the balancing act of farm and relationship management tied into your interactions with the game characters The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook delivers something for which there are few alternatives. The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook focuses the story around Steve who h...[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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