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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Review Thread

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Game Information

Game Title: Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town


  • Nintendo Switch (Jul 14, 2020)
  • PC (Jul 14, 2020)


Developer: Marvelous Inc.

Publisher: XSEED Games

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 79 average – 74% recommended – 43 reviews

Critic Reviews

Attack of the FanboyBrandon Adams4 / 5 stars

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a must-play for both fans of the franchise, and gamers in love with farming oriented life-sims. It doesn't opt to break new ground, but instead play to its strengths, leaning on what made the experience great 17 years ago.

But Why Tho?Eva Herinkova7 / 10

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a fun blast to the past if you’re full of nostalgia for the original game like I am. Unfortunately, if you’re lacking that nostalgia, it may be a little underwhelming, especially if you’re comparing it to more modern farming simulators and the repetition of farming on such a small map can get monotonous after a while. However, if you’re willing to look past that, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a fun, cute, and charming experience that will take you straight back to 2003 in the best possible way.

COGconnectedHaley Perry70 / 100

Its laid-back gameplay and overall simplicity is extremely peaceful and addicting, but I would advise that new players manage their expectations.

Chalgyr's Game Room – Jim S. – 9 / 10

STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town, being a remake of my favorite game in the series, is one I had high hopes for it and I’m thrilled to say that it did not disappoint! I have loved every second I have played of this wonderful title and the few negative things I can find about it are that in today's day and age, it could have benefitted greatly with voice actors in addition to wishing you could set up your own market as you could in Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life for the GameCube. Beyond that, I really like this remake as it brought back so many memories of when I was a kid playing Back to Nature on the PlayStation. Even the music in this new game seems to be remixes of the original! If you like relaxing laid-back games then give this game a try!

Checkpoint GamingBree Swaine7 / 10

It’s a game with a lot of love in it and is definitely worth a look if you’re craving some more of the great outdoors.

Cubed3 – Nayu – 9 / 10

Despite its simple appearance in how it looks and the game mechanics, Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town is a superb remake, filled with many tasks to do that help the farm grow in all areas. Farming games are much beloved for what they offer, the wide variety of crops and handful of animals mean there is rarely a dull moment, unless it's a season like Winter, due to the absence of crops. There is no doubt that this remake delivers an enjoyable farming experience that provides countless hours of game play. It is a joy to relax with and be immersed by a simpler life compared to reality, with various town events throughout the year providing extra entertainment, sometimes with a trophy to be won, and the addictive tasks necessary on a farm.

DASHGAMER.comDan Rizzo8.5 / 10

It’s flexible foundation will certainly keep players moderately pleased with a composed presentation and easy going overture. It is one of the most relaxed revisiting’s I’ve had the pleasure of partaking, and I certainly will be returning to my farmhouse getaway frequently.

DestructoidCJ Andriessen – 7 / 10

Despite its age, simplicity, and lack of embellishments, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town proves the Bokujō Monogatari franchise has been on the money since the very beginning. Its content may feel a little sparse compared to its successors and competitors, but I can see myself returning to these lands long after the next harvest moon.

Digitally DownloadedMatt Sainsbury4.5 / 5 stars

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is is the most charmingly twee thing on the Nintendo Switch. It is simple, clean, bright, colourful, wholesome, sweet, and, for people that remember the original on the Game Boy Advance, nostalgic.

Echo BoomerJoão CaneloPortugueseMeh

This revival is a lost opportunity, where monotony outweighs any bit of fun that gameplay strives to give us.

GBAtempScarlet Bell8 / 10

For better or worse, this is the Mineral Town we know and love. Complete with quirks both good and bad, it stands as a faithful retelling to this classic ranch story. If you're looking for a peaceful game to play a bit at a time, or just want to revisit a beloved town from your childhood, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town might just be for you.

GameByteLara Jackson – 7 / 10

If you were a huge fan of the original, or if you’ve never before played a farming sim, this will be right up your alley. If, however, you know your Portia from your Stardew, you won’t find anything new here.

GameGrinAndrew Duncan9 / 10

A relaxing game, a brilliant remake, and if you like farming games you'll be happy as a pig in mud.

GameSkinnyJoshua Broadwell9 / 10 stars

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town might not re-invent the wheel, but it's an excellent reminder why the formula the original helped create is so beloved and long-lasting.

GameSpewKim Snaith7 / 10

If you’re looking for something to sink hours into and enjoy a slow, steady stroll rather than an action-packed sprint, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town might just be for you.

GameSpot – James Carr – 5 / 10

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town's cutesy aesthetic is plagued with shallow and tedious gameplay.

Gamer EscapeMichelle Kruse – 9 / 10

If ever there were a time to get away to a farm and lost in the mines, it’s now, and with a game like Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town you might just find exactly the escape you need.

Gamer's PalaceBeatrice VogtGerman97 / 100

I loved the original and might be a little bit biased – but Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral town is my Game of the Year 2020 so far. It doesn't only bring me back to my childhood but even lets me look at it from a new, modernised perspective. It shows me how you make a good remake. And yeah, the concept isn't new, but the message of the game still great. Also, there's no better time than the current to publish a peaceful game like this. I'm in love with the game and the Story of Seasons franchise!

GamingTrend – A Kay Purcell – 90 / 100

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is simple and charming, but beneath the rather basic gameplay loop hides some surprisingly deep secrets. It brings back elements of farming games past, including marriage rivals and transient characters, while providing some major quality of life updates as well as a more freedom, such as limited character customization and a truly bizarre variety of farmyard pets. It's a cozy, welcoming little village, sure to charm any farming fan.

God is a GeekNicola Ardron8 / 10

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town takes a while to reveal its charms. The pace may put players not familiar with the rhythm of farming and relationship sims off, but for those invested they will be treated to a lovely, relaxing slice of idyllic rural life.

GuardianPatrick Lum4 / 5 stars

In a now-crowded field, this reboot of the noughties farm game retains the original's gentle dramas and nuanced characterisation

Hardcore GamerMarcus Estrada4.5 / 5

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a charming farming game that lives up to its original release.

Hey Poor PlayerKenny McKee3.5 / 5

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a nod to the classics. It doesn’t come packed with many of the highly useful mechanics and features that many of the newer SoS games do. But does that mean that it isn’t fun? Absolutely not. While Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral town probably isn’t something that I’d recommend to every series fan out there, its undeniable charm and simple-yet addictive gameplay should still be enough to attract its fair share of players.

Hobby ConsolasDavid RodriguezSpanish86 / 100

Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town is a wonderful return to the past that gives a good facelift to the original Game Boy Advance game. Despite not taking risks, its formula is very successful and delighted to all lovers of farm simulators, management and RPGs.

ImpulsegamerLyla Saudi3.5 / 5

Heartwarming interactions, easy to grasp farming mechanics, and upbeat graphics and soundtrack provide any fans of the farm sim genre an enjoyable experience. For old fans of the series, this is a fine remake with nice improved updates to bring back some great memories, and for new players this offers a well-executed farming sim experience with a great gameplay loop.

LadiesGamers.comYvonne van GelovenLiked-a-lot

I am enjoying my time in Mineral Town. The game is charming, the characters feel real and who can resist those round cute chickens and cows? No doubt this game will bring many happy memories to gamers who started their gaming life playing this game on their GBA. If, like me, you have never played it before, you can expect a good farming sim on the Switch. It doesn’t have the building aspect of later Story of Seasons games and if you are a Stardew Valley fan, you may find it too light hearted. But Friends of Mineral Town is a good Story of Seasons entry with heaps of nostalgia to boot.

MonsterVineSpencer Legacy3.5 / 5

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a nice and chill game that’s perfect for relaxing after a tiring day.

Nintendo EnthusiastSteven Rollins – 9 / 10

For someone who generally shies away from more casual games such as Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, it really did a lot to win me over.

Nintendo LifeMitch Vogel8 / 10

If you’re looking for something to fill that post-Animal Crossing hole in your life, or are just simply a fan of the farm sim genre in general, don’t miss out on this one.

NintendoWorldReportJordan Rudek6.5 / 10

Although there is a fair amount of freedom to play the game as you see fit, it's difficult to recommend the latest Story of Seasons entry over something like Stardew Valley or even the two 3DS games. In-game achievements, hidden items to collect, and an easy mode are all welcome features; ultimately, though they don't contribute enough to make for a compelling experience. Those who want to enjoy the nostalgia of Harvest Moon on SNES and GBA will like coming back to something familiar, but Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town isn't necessarily worth throwing in the shipping box.

Noisy Pixel – Justine Stacy – 9 / 10

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is the perfect farming simulation for Switch. It eases you into the genre but provides tons of special events and milestones to hit for those who invest the most time into it. There are more than enough reasons to make this your first entry in the series or revisit Mineral Town again.

NookGamingThomas Knight7 / 10

An interesting reboot of an old series. Shows its age in some ways, but it is a great way to revisit this franchise.

PC GamerDaniella Lucas68 / 100

A faithful recreation, but why go back when Stardew has since perfected the genre?

PC Invasion – 8 / 10

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town brings a classic back to life with 3D visuals and all of what people loved about it intact. But the comparative simplicity of the game's systems plus the high cost compared to similar games will possibly scare off players who don't already have a soft spot in their heart for the game.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a remake that builds on the original in all the right ways, and is recommended for anyone looking for a quaint, charming farm story to sink some time into. In some ways, it may be shallow and a little outdated, but overall it makes for a lovely experience.

Pure NintendoJaime Carrillo9.5 / 10

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, I'm happy to report, strips away the fat, leaving behind the sort of lean mean farming title fans crave. The new additions and streamlining made an already fantastic experience on the GBA into a near-perfect one on the Switch.

RPG FanNiki Fakhoori – 80 / 100

Friends of Mineral Town has moments where certain features would have benefitted from further modern upgrades, but this is still a satisfying remake of the beloved classics.

RPG SiteDani Maddox8 / 10

A classic farming sim with room for improvements.

Rapid Reviews UKShaun Hughes4.5 / 5

In the last month I have: renovated my house, developed a relationship with my new girlfriend, enjoyed meaningful walks out in the open air and spent some time quality time with the people that matter most. Oh, and I’ve been tending to crops and looking after the animals on my farm. That’s right; I’ve been playing STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town.

TwinfiniteSteven Green4 / 5

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town takes one of the better-remembered entries in this storied franchise and gives it a fresh coat of adorable paint. While feeling more casual, and a bit held back by its roots, this is the perfect return for anyone fond of the original release.

Video ChumsMary Billington7 / 10

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a faithful remake of its previous iterations. However, there's simply too much missing when it comes to story and gameplay which holds it back from being a must-have game in the series.

WayTooManyGamesLeonardo Faria8 / 10

Remaking Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town for another portable system ended up being a really smart idea. Everything that made the game work so well on-the-go all those years ago is still here, but with better graphics, music, performance, and some additional content.

Worth PlayingChris "Atom" DeAngelus9 / 10

All in all, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is the ideal Story of Seasons experience. It may lack some of the unique ideas from later games in the franchise, but it captures the fun of farming simulators. It can be repetitive and too easy to earn money, but you'll hours spending hours exploring mines and perfecting your crops. Additionally, the Switch version retains the portability of the original GBA title, so FoMT is an excellent Story of Seasons experience for newcomers and long-term fans alike.


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